The survey was administered between 29 August and 12 September 2011 to employees of 13 agencies each with fewer than 100 employees. All employees were invited to attend, however the overall response rate was 62.38%.
The majority of the sample was female (55.41%), and were located in Canberra (66.75%). Table 1 shows the sample broken down by classification. The majority of respondents were APS 1–6 or EL classifications. A small number (<5) of respondents identified themselves as trainees or graduates. These will not be reported separately to protect their anonymity. They will be included in all other breakdowns, such as age (see Table 2). As Table 2 shows, the majority (59.54%) of micro-agency employees are aged younger than 45 years.
|APS 1–6 (or equivalent)||175||45.34%|
|EL 1 or EL 2 (or equivalent)||184||47.67%|
Table 3 shows employment category (ongoing or non-ongoing) broken down by gender. There was no relationship between gender and category.
|Ongoing||182 (84.65%)||155 (89.6%)||337 (86.86%)|
|Non-Ongoing||33 (15.35%)||17 (9.83%)||50 (12.89%)|
|Total||215 (55.41%)||173 (44.59%)||388|
Table 4 shows the length of service in the APS for micro-agency respondents. One third had been employed for between one and five years. However, a considerable proportion had been employed in the APS for 20 years or more.
|Less than 1 year||46||11.86%|
|1 to <5 years||130||33.51%|
|5 to <10 years||88||22.68%|
|10 to <15 years||56||14.43%|
|15 to <20 years||22||5.67%|
|20 years or more||46||11.86%|
Table 5 shows the sample broken down by education level. One in three employees held a Bachelor degree. Post graduate degrees (postgraduate diplomas, master’s degrees and doctorates) were also relatively common.
|Less than Year 12 or equivalent||15||3.87%|
|Year 12 or equivalent (HSC/Leaving cert||29||7.47%|
|Bachelor degree (including honours)||141||36.34%|
|Postgraduate diploma (includes graduate||69||17.78%|