Equal Employment Opportunity Annual Report – 1997 Appendix 3

Collection of Statistics

Since the establishment of the EEO database in 1987, statistics on staff have been kept up-to-date through the voluntary completion of an EEO New Appointment form by new recruits. At end June 1997 statistics were available for 98% of Reserve Bank staff. At NPA, 100% of staff have completed the EEO data form.

During the year, statistics were collected by EEO group on salary ranges and classification levels, occupational groups, age distribution, and staff movements (recruitment, transfers, promotions and resignations). Where available, information was also collected from external organisations for comparative purposes. Other statistics, collected predominantly by gender, include participation in training/development and study, composition of selection panels, resumptions and resignations following parental leave, use of carer's leave, exit interview data, nature of grievances reported to Grievance Authority, and incidence of part-time work.

A new personnel information system became operative in December 1996. For this report, data collection has been from both the new and old systems. The new system has shown its potential to be more flexible in the manipulation of data.

To improve the reporting of the progress of the EEO designated groups, the Bank has applied the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) codes for the first time this year. This is the standard developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. All positions have been assigned an ASCO code based on the skill/knowledge requirements of the job. In previous years positions were assigned one of three occupational groupings: Clerical/Admin, Clerical Support, and Service/Technical. Due to this changeover it is not possible to show direct comparisons between 1996 and 1997 occupational data in the tables on the following pages.

There are eight occupational groupings under the ASCO system. Examples of occupations in the Bank are as follows:

ASCO Occupational Group Examples in the Reserve Bank
Managers & Administrators Heads of functional areas and senior managers.
Professionals Economists, analysts, accountants, computer programmers, graphic designers, archivists, auditors, and solicitors.
Associate Professionals Computer functions coordinators, foreign exchange dealers, administrative officers, projects officers, and chefs.
Tradespersons & Related Workers Electricians, carpenters, printers and engineering tradespersons.
Advanced Clerical & Service Workers Secretaries.
Intermediate Clerical & Service Workers Statistics clerks, tellers, payroll clerks, and word processing operators.
Elementary Clerical & Service Workers Filing clerks, switchboard operators, CVCS operators, guards, support officers, and trainees.
Production, Transport & Manual Workers Catering service attendants and cleaners.