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Diversity

The proportion of Indigenous employees and those from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) compare favourably to the previous decade.

The proportion of of employees with disability is consistent with a decade ago but has recovered from a low point in 2012–13.

Note: diversity rates are based on voluntary self reporting and may not reflect total numbers.

  • Indigenous representation has increased over the last five years and is moving toward the APS contribution to the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander target of 3.8% by 2018.
  • The combined proportion of employees from non-English speaking backgrounds has increased from 12.7% in 2007 and is consistent with the rate in 2012 of 14.2%.

Indigenous representation

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees has increased since 2012, surpassing the Indigenous employment strategy 2012–16 target of 2.7% by 2015 (2.8% achieved) and moving to the current Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy target of 3% by 2018, of which the required APS contribution is 3.8% (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1: Headcount and percentage of Indigenous employees in the APS by year, June 2007 to June 2017

Source: APS Statistical Bulletin 2016-17 – data tables, Table 59b

Employees with disability

The proportion of employees with disability has increased from a low point in 2013 of 3.2% to 3.6% in 2017. This was the same as the previous year and the proportion of employees with disability in 2007.

Figure 4.2: Headcount and percentage of APS employees with a disability by year, June 2007 to June 2017

Source: APS Statistical Bulletin 2016-17 – data tables, Table 59b

Employees from non-English speaking backgrounds

The attribution NESB captures information about first language spoken, place of birth and parents’ language. NESB 1 refers to people born overseas who arrived in Australia after the age of five and whose first language was not English, and NESB 2 refers to the children of migrants (see Appendix 2 for more details). The combined proportion of employees from NESB has been above 14% since 2011 Figure 4.3).

Figure 4.3: Headcount and percentage of employees from non-English speaking backgrounds in the APS by year, June 2007 to June 2017

Source: APS Statistical Bulletin 2016-17 – data tables, Table 59b