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People Matter Survey

The People Matter Survey is undertaken by the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) to report on the Victorian Public Sector workforce.

Thw 2021 survey ran for five weeks from 31 May to 2 July 2021 and captured the views and experiences of over 92,000 public sector employees from a record 241 organisations, which represents a response rate of 39%.

For the first time, results will be public for the first time this year, allowing agencies to download the organisation-level benchmark reports for all public sector organisations that took part in the 2021 survey.

The survey reports on the follow key workforce indicators:

  • organisational climate and support;
  • employee and manager experiences;
  • public sector values;
  • employee wellbeing;
  • drivers of employee wellbeing;
  • negative behaviour;
  • demographics and diversity; and
  • results by public sector organisation.

What’s new in 2021

The People Matter Survey 2021 now supports organisations with reporting and action planning that is required under the Gender Equality Act 2020.

To better understand and manage instances of negative workplace behaviours in the public sector, in 2021, new negative behaviour data will be released that includes statistics on perpetrators of discrimination.

Data will also be released on the frequency of negative behaviour, why employees chose not to submit a formal complaint, their satisfaction with how a formal complaint was handled, and how often employees witnessed negative behaviour.

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