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The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) annually carries out an employee census.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the Reef Authority) welcomes the opportunity to participate in the census as it provides valuable insight into employee views about their work as well as how the Reef Authority compares to the broader Australian Public Service (APS) across the range of topics surveyed.  

The survey provides an impartial way of establishing a collective view of common themes around what the Reef Authority is doing well and where we can improve.

As per previous years, the 2021 survey collected information on a range of important issues that aligned with the Reef Authority’s focus areas.


  • These included topics such as:
  • wellbeing
  • employee engagement
  • performance management
  • change
  • recruitment and retention, and
  • leadership and communication


This year the Employee Census returned to its normal schedule of May and June, following a delayed 2020 survey, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Like the previous year, the 2021 Census questionnaire focused on how the APS workforce is breaking down barriers, changing work practices, managing wellbeing, leading through crisis, and collaborating to deliver outcomes

The Reef Authority response rate for the 2021 Employee Census was 83 per cent. This result gives us confidence that the feedback we received was a good representation of staff views when the Census was completed.

The results show us that our employees are committed to the purpose and objectives of the Reef Authority and understand how their role contributes to achieving an outcome for the Australian public.  The Reef Authority's operations are highly dependent on its people, and it is clear through the Census results that we benefit from a committed workforce willing to ‘go the extra mile and contribute to the organisation’s success.

The results of the Employee Census 2021 for the Reef Authority can be accessed here (excel version).
Created Sat, 2022-08-20 12:26
Updated 21 Aug 2022
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