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Survey demographics

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.

Table 1: Classifications of the sample
Number Percentage
APS 1–6 (or equivalent) 175 45.34%
EL 1 or EL 2 (or equivalent) 184 47.67%
SES 21 5.44%
Other 6 1.55%
Table 2: Age breakdown of the sample
Number Percentage
<25 years 21 5.41%
25-29 56 14.43%
30-34 48 12.37%
35-39 43 11.08%
40-44 63 16.24%
45-49 55 14.18%
50-54 57 14.49%
55-59 24 6.19%
>60 21 5.41%

Table 3 shows employment category (ongoing or non-ongoing) broken down by gender. There was no relationship between gender and category[21].

Table 3: Employment category broken down by gender
Female Male Total
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.

Table 4: Length of service in the APS for micro-agency respondents
Number Percentage
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.

Table 5: Education level of micro-agency respondents
Number Percentage
Less than Year 12 or equivalent 15 3.87%
Year 12 or equivalent (HSC/Leaving cert 29 7.47%
Vocational Qualification 21 5.41%
Associate diploma 15 3.87%
Undergraduate diploma 6 1.55%
Bachelor degree (including honours) 141 36.34%
Postgraduate diploma (includes graduate 69 17.78%
Master’s degree 67 17.27%
Doctorate 25 6.44%