The APS Employee Census (the Census) is an annual survey which is used to collect confidential attitude and opinion information from APS employees on important issues in the workplace. It typically runs over the month of May, closing in early June each year.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 APS Employee Census took place later in the year (13 October – 13 November). The 2020 Census was re-shaped to better reflect this context and provide a ‘pulse’ of employee sentiments in the current environment.
The Census is the key mechanism through which NIAA surveys staff on important issues such as: health and wellbeing; attendance; performance management; leadership; capability; and general impressions of the APS and the NIAA as an employer.
The results of the Census helps the NIAA to identify areas of strong performance, opportunities for further improvement and track how the department is progressing on key organisational strategies, initiatives and workplace culture.
Context of results
This is the first Census since the establishment of the NIAA in 2019. Prior to its establishment, NIAA was a part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) as Indigenous Affairs Group. Despite the difficulties faced by staff in 2020, we have seen a steady improvement across our results. NIAA’s results are heading in the right direction and reflect the progress we have made since establishing the Agency.