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Australian Public Service Census

Every year, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) participates in the Australian Public Service (APS) wide employee census conducted by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC).  This continued with the 2019 Australian Public Service Employee Census being open to all MDBA staff to participate in from 6 May 2019 to 7 June 2019.

Participation in this census was voluntary, with all staff being strongly encouraged to participate.  244 from a possible 292 staff responded to the survey, making the 2019 Employee Census a good reflection of how our people see the MDBA.

The results of the survey include not only the results for the MDBA, but also includes changes in MDBA results from the previous year’s survey responses, as well as comparisons with the overall APS, APS policy agencies and medium size APS agencies.

The 2019 Employee Census results for MDBA showed that we performed very well in areas of staff wellbeing and internal communication.  These were identified as focus areas from the 2018 Employee Census, and it is very positive to see real improvements in these areas.

The 2019 Employee Census also highlighted opportunities for us to improve.  These areas related to stability of the agency, security of positions and staff feeling that there has been a decrease in opportunities for mobility outside of the MDBA.

These areas of improvement shall be the focus of our efforts in the coming year. While we would have liked these results to be more positive, it is understandable to some extent given that the MDBA is undergoing a process of regionalisation and shift to a capability operating model. There was uncertainty at the time of the 2019 Employee Census, as to how existing Canberra based positions would be affected by these changes. A comprehensive program of consultation and information sharing is underway to listen to, inform and assist staff through this organisational transition.

One outstanding result from the 2019 Employee Census was the outcome of the question "I am happy to go the ‘extra mile’ at work when required". 91% of respondents replied positively to this question. This bodes well for both MDBA and the communities that we serve going forward.

A complete breakdown of the MDBA APS Census results is now available. 

Find out more about the Murray–Darling Basin Authority, including Careers and the MDBA Enterprise Agreement.

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Australian public service employee census 2019
Updated: 16 Dec 2019  •   Independent reports