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

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (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 2022 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


Like the previous year, the 2022 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 2022 Employee Census was 79 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 reaffirmed the areas we need to continue to focus on and shows 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.

Updated 24 Nov 2022
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