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Our people and culture are fundamental to our current and future success in delivering positive impact for Australia and humanity.
We seek to lift our capacity for innovation by providing the environment, facilities and opportunities our people need to work collaboratively and creatively.
Our People Strategy underpins our commitment to developing and supporting our people. Our Human Resources and Organisation Development functions provide support and leadership on people issues to leaders and staff across our Organisation as well as guidance and compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Act 1997. During 2014–15, we focused on the following areas from our People Strategy:
Inclusion and innovation culture
Learning and development
Enterprise agreements set the terms and conditions of employment for CSIRO staff. Two enterprise agreements are in operation: CSIRO Enterprise Agreement 2011–14 and the CSIRO Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) Enterprise Agreement 2014–17.
The CSIRO Enterprise Agreement came into operation on 7 July 2011 following formal approval processes and a staff vote. This Agreement reached its nominal expiry date in August 2014 and continues in operation until it is replaced or terminated in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009. Negotiations for a replacement Agreement commenced in July 2014 and are ongoing. The Australian Government Public Sector Workplace Bargaining Policy was released on 28 March 2014 and applies to the Australian Public Service (APS) and non-APS Australian Government agencies, including CSIRO.
The CDSCC Enterprise Agreement covers non-managerial CSIRO staff employed at CDSCC, Tidbinbilla, Canberra and came into operation on 18 June 2014. It will reach its nominal expiry date in June 2017.
In 2014–15, CSIRO delivered 4903 development days, a small increase on the previous year. In a year of significant organisational reform this demonstrated ongoing commitment to development and performance. The new ‘Team Formation’ and ‘Leading and Navigating During Times of Change’ programs were well attended and highly rated by participants. Interest in leadership programs was steady during 2014–15, while demand for the science curriculum was not as high as in previous years.
2518 people participated in the new eLearning programs ‘Impact’, ‘Diversity and Inclusion’, and ‘Behaviours’. Ninety-eight per cent of participants indicated they would apply the learning in the workplace and the same number indicated they understood the importance of their contribution to these critical areas. The eLearning programs were introduced in May 2015 to support alignment and engagement with the new Organisational strategy due for release in July 2015.
Diversity and inclusion continued to be an enterprise-wide focus during 2014–15, as implementation of our 2012–15 Diversity and Inclusion Plan continues. The plan builds on the foundations of past plans and seeks to produce a step-change in our diversity and inclusion performance through enhanced leader responsibility, visibility and engagement.
Some highlights during 2014–15 include:
Our Indigenous Engagement Strategy, which aims to achieve greater Indigenous participation in our research and development agenda and activities, continues to progress (more on page 26). This includes Indigenous cadetship and traineeship programs for undergraduates and high school leavers, which combine formal study with work-based training. As at 30 June 2015, we have 63 (1.2 per cent) Indigenous employees within CSIRO, an increase from 22 (0.3 per cent) on 30 June 2011.
Our people are employed under Section 32 of the Science and Industry Research Act 1949. At 30 June 2015, CSIRO had a total of 5269 staff, a full-time equivalent (FTE) of 4836. Table 3.2 shows the number of staff employed in different functional areas and Table 3.3 shows staff by state.
Overall, the total number of staff decreased by 11.7 per cent (695) over the last 12 months. Research Science staff decreased by 15.5 per cent (278). Voluntary staff turnover remained low at 4.6 per cent. The proportion of female staff remained constant at 40 per cent, and the proportion of female Research Science staff increased from 25 to 26 per cent over the past 12 months.
Figure 3.5: Staff numbers (headcount) by state.
This chart shows the 2014-15 staffing numbers by state. Details include:
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Last updated: Last updated: 23 October 2015
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