1307.8 - Australian Capital Territory in Focus, 2007  
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STRUCTURE OF THE ACT PUBLIC SERVICE

The ACT Public Service (ACTPS) was created on 1 July 1994 from the Commonwealth Public Service, of which it had previously been a part. Staff are employed within ACT government departments, statutory authorities and territory-owned corporations, with the majority employed in the government departments and statutory authorities (collectively termed agencies)


Since there are a variety of human resource systems used throughout the ACT public service, staffing statistics presented in this publication are based on figures collated from a number of different data sources. Statistics presented in this issue include all staff in ACT government agencies and are not directly comparable with those presented in previous issues (which were limited to staff employed by agencies using the 'Perspect' Human Resource Management System).


At 30 June 2006 there were a total 18,799 staff in ACT government agencies. This represented a slight decrease (0.8%) on the comparable figure as at 30 June 2005 (18,944 persons). Two-thirds of all staff employed in ACT government agencies in June 2006 (66%, or 12,374 persons) were female.


Employees within ACT government agencies may be permanent, temporary (i.e. on fixed-term contracts) or casual, and may be employed on a full-time or part-time basis. A little over two-thirds (68%) of ACTPS staff are employed on a full-time basis, with proportionately more men employed full-time than women (81% compared with 61%).

3.4 ACT public service staff(a), By employment status and sex - 30 June 2006

Males
Females
Total persons

Permanent
Full-time
4 481
6 525
11 006
Part-time
443
2 792
3 235
Total
4 924
9 317
14 241
Temporary
Full-time
702
991
1 693
Part-time
112
519
631
Total
814
1 510
2 324
Casual
687
1 547
2 234
Total
6 425
12 374
18 799

(a) Excludes staff on leave without pay, board members, contractors (e.g. cleaners and some information technology staff) and staff on secondment to other jurisdictions (e.g. doctors on secondment to regional hospitals).
ACT Government Workforce Profile, 2005-06.



Occupation

The following table shows occupation groups within ACT government agencies, classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). A little under half (45% of all staff, or 8,485 persons) are Professionals, with a further quarter (26%) being Clerical and administrative workers.


Three-quarters of staff employed within the Clerical and administrative worker occupations (75%) are female. Occupations with the highest proportions of male staff are Machinery operators and drivers (87%), Sales workers (73%), Labourers (72%) and Technicians and trades workers (68%).

3.5 ACT Public service staff(a), By occupation and sex - 30 June 2006

Males
Females
Persons
psns
psns
psns

Managers
890
899
1 789
Professionals
2 072
6 413
8 485
Technicians and trades workers
493
234
727
Community and personal service workers
705
822
1 527
Clerical and administrative workers
1 237
3 732
4 969
Sales workers
8
3
11
Machinery operators and drivers
555
86
641
Labourers
465
185
650
Total
6 425
12 374
18 799

(a) Excludes staff on leave without pay, board members, contractors (e.g. cleaners and some information technology staff) and staff on secondment to other jurisdictions (e.g. doctors on secondment to regional hospitals).
ACT Government Workforce Profile, 2005-06.


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