The I WORK FOR SA – Your Voice Survey is a voluntary and confidential survey which provides an opportunity for all South Australian (SA) public sector employees to have a say about their workplace and to garner a better understanding of employee perceptions of workplace culture and practices.

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment coordinates the I WORK FOR SA – Your Voice Survey in collaboration with all public sector agencies.

The 2021 survey

The 2021 survey opened Tuesday 27 April and closed on Friday 4 June. All employees working for the SA public sector, including statutory bodies and state-owned corporations, asked their employees to participate in the survey.

A record number of employees participated in the 2021 survey, with 36 per cent providing their feedback – 15,347 more employees than in 2018.

All action areas resulting from the 2018 survey recorded improvement in 2021.

The below infographic provides a high-level overview of the SA public sector results. These results were communicated to all public sector employees in a message from the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment on Friday 16 July 2021.

The sector and all agencies will focus on developing action plans in response to the results, which will be finalised in November 2021.

In 2021, ENGINE Asia Pacific provided the survey platform, data analysis and high-level results to agencies. The survey data also contributes to the Commissioner’s annual report, the State of the Sector, which is tabled in parliament.

The Highlights Report presents key survey themes and results for all questions, it also includes trend mapping to the 2018 results.

The 2021 survey revisited employees’ views on:

  • Employee engagement
  • Enabling high performance
  • Leadership
  • Values
  • Employee’s alignment with their workplace
  • Career and working conditions
  • Employee wellbeing

The results will be used to develop and implement initiatives to improve the employee experience across the public sector. The sector-level action plan will be communicated to all employees by the end of November 2021.

2021 Highlights Report
2018 Highlights Report

In addition to the sector-level Highlights Report, every South Australian public sector agency receives a report specific to its employees’ feedback, but only if they received 10 or more survey responses. All survey responses are confidential, regardless of size of the agency to which the employee belongs.

Each agency’s report is reflective of its individual context and their employees’ experiences in the workplace. As such, all agencies are encouraged to take some time to explore the results further with their teams and better understand survey responses before developing their action plans.

Highlights Reports for agencies which are represented on the Chief Executive Council (CEC) can be viewed below. The CEC is responsible for driving public sector performance and capability and leading the public sector to achieve whole of government and strategic priorities.

Additional agencies (not part of CEC) that have chosen to release their results on this website are listed below:

Confidentiality and privacy

The survey was voluntary for all employees, and their responses are anonymous. To maintain confidentiality, it was conducted by the independent provider, ENGINE, which is bound by strict privacy provisions.

To preserve anonymity, any agency, department, or team with less than 10 responses was not eligible for its own report. In this instance, the results will be merged with another group to enable confidential reporting.

From 16 July 2021, agencies are encouraged to share their individual results with their employees. Throughout August and September, the sector and individual agencies will be working on action plans that will be finalised by the end of November 2021.

The sector and agencies will continue to communicate the outcomes of these action plans as they evolve.

All employees working for the South Australian public sector, including statutory bodies and state-owned corporations, were invited to participate in the survey. This included all full-time and part-time employees, casuals, graduates, apprentices, employees on a fixed-term contract, and employees on leave.

Volunteers and temporary contractors (i.e. employed through a recruitment agency) were not eligible to participate because they were not employees of the public sector.

In 2021, ENGINE Asia Pacific provided the survey platform, data analysis and high-level results to agencies. The survey data also contributes to the Commissioner’s annual report, the State of the Sector, which is tabled in parliament.