20 October 2022

The data we collected from Te Taunaki Public Service Census 2021 gave us a better understanding of the diversity of public servants and whether they feel supported to be themselves at work.

Being supported and feeling comfortable at work

Te Taunaki found that 8 in 10 public servants (82%) feel they can be themselves at work and most people (78%) felt that their organisation supports and promotes an inclusive workplace. Almost everyone (96%) reported feeling comfortable working with people from backgrounds other than their own.

Most people (72%) said they had access to employee-led networks that were relevant to them. However, those from smaller ethnic groups were less likely to have access compared to their Pacific, Māori, Asian, and European colleagues.

Te Taunaki also told us that some of our people from Rainbow communities, those who reported a mental health condition or disability, and those from smaller ethnic groups felt less able to be themselves at work.

We have done a deep dive into inclusion from Te Taunaki with more detailed information.

Te Taunaki Public Service Census: Inclusion deep dive

The visualisation below allows you to explore Census results on feelings of inclusion by various demographic groups.

We use the ‘social model’ of disability and promote the participation and leadership of disabled people in society, with the same access to opportunities as non-disabled people. ‘For more information, the Office for Disability Issues website has more information.

Guidance for policy makers — Office for Disability Issues

Disability information was gathered through the commonly used Washington Group Short Set of Questions on Disability which is not designed to provide disability counts or prevalence rates. The Washington Group Questions on Disability are internationally recognised as the best way to gather disability information.