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Women made up 59% of the APS workforce and are in the majority in all classification levels below Executive Level 2 (EL2).

  • Women have undertaken the majority of Executive Level 1 (EL1) roles since 2015.
  • Men continue to outnumber women in more senior positions, but the gap is narrowing over time.
  • Over the past decade, the proportion of women in EL2 positions has increased from 37% to 45% (Figure 4).
  • Over the same time frame, the proportion of women in senior executive (SES) roles has increased from 36% to 44%. This includes an increase from 43% to 44% over the past 12 months (Figure 4).

Figure 4: Percentage of Women and Men in EL2 and SES roles, 2007–2017

Indigenous and cultural diversity measures have improved over time, and disability rates have been stable.

  • The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees across the APS has been steadily increasing over the past decade. It was at 3.3% at 31 December 2017,
  • Cultural diversity, as measured by employees from a Non-English speaking background, has increased from about 12.8% to 14.2% over the last decade. In 2017 this included 5.3% who were Non-English speaking immigrants, and 8.9% who were immigrant children with Non-English speaking parents.
  • The proportion of APS staff who identify that they have a disability has been relatively stable over the past decade, sitting at 3.6% at both December 2007 and December 2017.

Figure 5: Percentage at 31 December by selected diversity group, 2007–2017


Last reviewed: 
30 May 2018