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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 2020 Australian Public Service Employee Census being open to all MDBA staff to participate in from 12 October 2020 to 13 November 2020.

Participation in this census was voluntary, with all staff being strongly encouraged to participate. From a possible 282 staff, 210 responded to the survey making the 2020 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 2020 Employee Census results for MDBA showed that we performed very well in areas of staff engagement and wellbeing as we ranked 20th and 9th out of 97 agencies respectively.

One outstanding result from the 2020 Employee Census was the outcome of the question "I am satisfied with the stability and security of my job" where we saw a 23% positive increase from the 2019 results. This can be attributed to the consultation with staff and implementation of the regionalisation program.

In addition, we saw positive increases from the 2019 results across:

  • Job satisfaction up 14%
  • Recommending the MDBA as a good place to work up 11%
  • Communication between the SES and other employees is effective up 10%
  • Regional presence adds value to the delivery of your work up 16%
  • Consulted on the regionalisation program up 13%

A complete breakdown of the MDBA 2020 Employee Census results is now available.

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


Australian public service employee census 2020