ABS scores strongly on employee engagement

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is pleased to release our agency results from the 2021 APS Employee Census.

Each year, all APS employees are invited to take part in the Australian Public Sector (APS) Employee Census. The Employee Census collects information on important workforce issues such as job satisfaction, engagement, wellbeing and leadership. The 2021 Employee Census took place from 10 May to 11 June.

In 2021, 80% of ABS employees chose to share their views by participating in the Employee Census. ABS' 2021 results were very positive, showing improvement from 2020 across a number of areas and comparing very favourably with agencies across the APS. 83% of ABS employees who responded to the Employee Census said they would recommend ABS as a good place to work.

ABS results: 

ABS results - 2021 APS Employee Census.pdf ABS Results - accessible - 2021 APS Employee Census.xlsx

An employer of choice

ABS staff have a strong emotional connection and commitment to working at the ABS, with an overall engagement score of 77% (APS average: 72%). Our Employee Census results reflect our commitment to being an employer of choice, through our focus on purpose, people, place and partnerships as motivators for our employees.

Purpose – informing Australia’s important decisions:

  • 95% "understand how my role contributes to achieving an outcome for the Australian public" (APS average: 90%).
  • 92% "believe strongly in the purpose and objectives of my agency" (APS average: 83%).
  • 89% "feel committed to my agency's goals" (APS average 82%).

People – we are open, diverse, passionate and dedicated:
  • 93% believe "I am happy to go the 'extra mile' at work when required" (APS average: 91%).
  • 90% believe "my immediate supervisor cares about my health and wellbeing" (APS average: 83%).
  • 89% believe "my agency supports and actively promotes an inclusive workplace culture" (APS average: 79%).

Place – we build careers in a modern flexible workplace:
  • 92% are "satisfied with their non-monetary employment conditions (e.g. leave, flexible work arrangements, other benefits)" (APS average: 77%).
  • 91% believe "my workgroup can readily adapt to new priorities and tasks" (APS average 86%)
  • 88% believe "my job gives me opportunities to utilise my skills” (APS average: 84%).

Partnerships – we collaborate:
  • 92% believe “The people in my workgroup cooperate to get the job done” (APS average: 88%).

More detail is available in the 'ABS results - 2021 APS Employee Census' report.

What do we do with our results?
The ABS uses
the results from each year’s Employee Census to inform our people strategies and policies, and to track progress against workforce initiatives. We discuss results with employees to identify their highest priorities for action. Teams are supported to implement actions locally, and we have a number of enterprise-wide people-related initiatives underway to help us continuously improve.

Need more information on the APS Employee Census?

More information on the APS Employee Census can be found on the Australian Public Service Commission’s website: 

APS employee census 2021 | Australian Public Service Commission (apsc.gov.au)

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