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Part 3: Management and Accountability (continued)



Workplace diversity

The Treasury is committed to providing an organisational culture that embraces and actively promotes diversity. Several important initiatives were introduced in 2011-12.

Treasury launched the Progressing Women initiative after staff consultations in 2011 that identified challenges faced by Treasury women. Progressing Women comprises a suite of strategies to widen and deepen the pool of future leaders in the Treasury by harnessing the talents of women at all levels. The strategies are based on five themes:

  • leadership, governance and accountability;
  • workplace policies;
  • training and networks;
  • performance assessment and career development; and
  • measuring success.

To achieve these themes, the Treasury has:

  • formed the Inclusive Workplace Committee with internal and external representation;
  • conducted training for the Inclusive Workplace Committee on unrecognised bias with a wider rollout scheduled for 2012-13;
  • consulted on flexible work arrangements, including presentations by senior staff who have worked in part time and other flexible working arrangements while in senior positions; and
  • commenced the design and development of a mentoring scheme.

In early 2012, the Treasury nominated a participant in the Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships Program 2012. This secondment will take place in 2012-13.

The Treasury employed four Indigenous Cadets in 2011-12 through the APSC’s Indigenous Cadetship Program. They are studying business, commerce and law.

At 30 June 2012, 11 per cent of Treasury staff worked part-time. Nearly half of these staff were executive level employees or SES. Both male and female employees have used part-time work to enable them to balance work and family requirements. In addition to part-time work, the Treasury maintained access for staff to access job-share arrangements and home-based work through its 2011-14 Workplace Agreement. These flexibilities help the Treasury to contribute to the retention of staff with valuable skills and knowledge.

At 30 June 2012 (see Table 7 below), departmental staff comprised:

  • 47 per cent women;
  • 24.6 per cent born overseas;
  • 0.7 per cent who identified as Indigenous;
  • 12.3 per cent with English as a second language; and
  • 1.7 per cent who identified as having a disability.
Table 7: Operative and paid inoperative staff by Equal Employment Opportunity target group (as at 30 June 2012)
Classification Female Born Overseas English as
second Language
Indigenous Disability
CADET       4  
APS1 1       1
APS2 1       1
APS3 47 19 8    
APS4 35 12 8   2
APS5 81 36 30   1
APS6 103 52 31 1 4
EL1 106 63 31 2 1
EL2 69 42 11   4
SES1 14 15 2   3
SES2 7 2 1    
SES3   3      
Grand Total 464 244 122 7 17

As at 30 June 2012, 47 per cent of the Treasury’s workforce were women. This is an increase over the 30 June 2011 figure of 45.4 per cent and only slightly lower than the 30 June 2007 peak of 47.8 per cent (see Chart 1 below).

Chart 1: Treasury staff by gender 2001 − 2012

Chart 1: Treasury staff by gender 2001 - 2012

As at 30 June 2012, seven staff identified as being Indigenous (0.7 per cent of the workforce). This compares with six staff members identifying as Indigenous in 2010-11. The Treasury has continued to support Indigenous employment in 2011-12 through the Indigenous Pathways program managed by the APSC. The Treasury employed four Indigenous Cadets in 2011-12.

In the Treasury Workplace Agreement 2011-14, the department maintained its commitment to a range of family-friendly working arrangements, such as access to information about child care and school holiday care through the intranet and an external service provider, access to a carer’s room, and accreditation as a breastfeeding-friendly workplace.

Since 1994, Commonwealth departments and agencies have reported on their performance as policy adviser, purchaser, employer, regulator and provider under the Commonwealth Disability Strategy. In 2007-08, reporting on the employer role was transferred to the APSC’s State of the Service Report and the APS statistical bulletin. These reports are available on the Australian Public Service Commission website at www.apsc.gov.au.

The Treasury has continued to provide access to adaptive technologies and other practical support for staff with a disability. This included the voice-activated software made available for two staff, regular provision of an interpreter through the Deaf Society of NSW for an employee with a hearing impairment, and arrangements for four sit-stand work stations to enable effective working arrangements. In addition, the Treasury employed a trainee under its Disability Work Experience Program. These and other activities to assist employees with a disability are provided for under the Treasury’s Disability Action Plan.

Table 8: Appointments of women to boards or equivalent of statutory and non-statutory bodies (as at 30 June 2012)
  Total positions filled as at 30 June Number of women Number of appointments made during the year Number of appointments of women
Auditing and Assurance Standards Board 1 1
Australian Accounting Standards Board 1
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission 11 4 2 1
Australian Competition Tribunal 13 1 4
Australian Energy Regulator 3 1
Australian Government Financial Literacy Board 13 3 1
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority 3
Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation 6 3
Australian Securities
and Investments Commission
5 1 3
Australian Statistics Advisory Council 22 5 7 2
Australian Taxation Office 4 1
Board of Taxation 10 3 2 1
Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council 9 4 6 2
Commonwealth Grants Commission 6 2 4 2
Companies Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board 10
Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee 12 5
Energy Security Council 8 1 8 1
Financial Reporting Council 17 5 3 1
Financial Reporting Panel 8 1 8 1
Financial Sector Advisory Council 12 2 9 1
Foreign Investment Review Board 3 1 1
HIH Claims Support Limited 4
Inspector-General of Taxation 1
Legal Committee of Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee 10 5 3 1
National Competition Council 4 1 1
National Housing Supply Council 12 6 4 2
Payments System Board 7 1 1
Productivity Commission 11 5 1
Reserve Bank of Australia 9 3 3 1
Superannuation Advisory Committee 13 4
Superannuation Complaints Tribunal 26 11 24 10
Takeovers Panel 52 16 14 4
Tax Practitioners Board 9 2
Total 335 98 109 30