Attachment 2.1

Attachment 2.1 – Spans of control responses from 90 agencies by category
Agency EL2 EL1
  Number Proportion with direct reports
(per cent)
Average span of control* Number Proportion with direct reports
(per cent)
Average span of control*
Policy and Research agencies
Attorney-General's Department 144 10 8.9 290 47 5.0
Australian Public Service Commission 39 13 2.8 76 57 1.7
Department of Communications 82 11 3.4 176 65 1.7
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 432 0 7.8 1208 0 0.0
Department of Finance 227 14 3.7 418 77 2.6
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 544 22 6.9 1269 57 9.5
Department of Health 347 8 3.2 728 25 1.3
Department of Industry 455 23 4.7 936 45 6.3
Department of Social Services 354 12 3.7 880 32 2.0
Department of the Environment 286 5 4.6 660 20 4.2
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 106 0 2.7 170 0 2.1
Department of the Treasury 168 33 4.0 204 84 2.9
Murray-Darling Basin Authority 56 18 3.7 98 70 2.0
Safe Work Australia 14 0 5.7 41 39 1.5
Median: Policy and Research agencies 198 12 3.9 354 46 2.0
Service Delivery agencies
Aboriginal Hostels Limited 8 26 6.1 23 18 0.0
Administrative Appeals Tribunal 19 53 5.3 10 38 3.0
Australian Crime Commission 79 41 10.1 185 70 3.5
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 189 16 3.6 527 27 3.0
Australian Taxation Office 1985 29 4.8 4423 67 4.3
Australian Trade Commission 153 23 7.8 156 89 21.9
Australian Transport Safety Bureau 58 62 2.6 27 67 3
Bureau of Meteorology 161 0 4.8 162 0 3.7
Comcare 42 14 4 138 36 3.1
ComSuper 35 9 2.9 101 42 3
Defence Housing Australia 56 25 6.7 84 51 8.2
Department of Agriculture 423 29 5.2 607 49 4.5
Department of Defence 1962 22 3.5 4257 44 2.5
Department of Human Services 983 20 42.3 2710 36 17.2
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 548 18 5.7 1483 43 3.2
Department of Veterans' Affairs 138 9 4.8 333 40 2.9
Fair Work Commission 40 64 18.3 15 28 4.3
Family Court and Federal Circuit Court 29 0 2.8 45 52 4.3
Federal Court of Australia 37 59 4.4 38 39 3.8
IP Australia 77 19 5.1 228 47 4.4
Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal 9 0 4 33 0 2.7
Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions 98 32 2.1 94 59 0
Social Security Appeals Tribunal 5 0 5.6 9 56 2
Median: Service Delivery agencies 77 22 4.8 138 43 3.2
Regulation and Compliance agencies
Australian Communications and Media Authority 80 25 3.8 193 64 1.7
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission 160 33 3.4 199 58 2.8
Australian Financial Security Authority 36 3 2.7 74 17 2.7
Australian Fisheries Management Authority 19 0 2.0 40 30 4.3
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority 27 11 5.2 42 90 4.2
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency 22 18 4.6 42 64 2.0
Australian Securities and Investments Commission 483 66 5.8 411 87 4.3
Australian Skills Quality Authority 17 0 5.6 48 69 2.7
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre 48 8 2.8 63 60 3.3
Clean Energy Regulator 50 4 5.6 88 7 2.1
Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate 13 23 2.9 19 32 3.5
Food Standards Australia New Zealand 23 22 4.3 40 68 3.1
National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority 19 11 5.3 57 100 0.0
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman 39 5 3.1 94 18 2.8
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency 20 10 3.8 25 29 2.5
Median: Regulation and Compliance agencies 27 11 3.8 57 60 2.8
Other Support agencies (e.g. specialist)
Australian Bureau of Statistics 176 14 3.4 481 19 2.3
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 17 6 1.2 8 50 0.9
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity 8 39 3.3 12 51 1.0
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care 17 35 7.7 25 80 1.6
Australian Human Rights Commission 17 15 4.9 22 60 1.5
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 15 27 7.1 33 42 5.5
Australian Institute of Criminology 6 17 1.6 8 13 3.5
Australian Institute of Family Studies 14 4 3.3 18 55 2.8
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 41 5 3.6 124 49 2.1
Australian National Audit Office 72 1 2.1 60 48 1.3
Australian National Maritime Museum 10 0 3.0 15 0 2.8
Australian National Preventive Health Agency 8 0 2.0 15 52 4.4
Australian Office of Financial Management 7 0 2.6 13 46 2.0
Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority 4 0 2.2 8 0 8.8
Australian Research Council 15 20 4.1 41 17 1.8
Australian War Memorial 23 13 4.6 42 38 3.2
Cancer Australia 8 13 2.3 11 0 2.5
Climate Change Authority 7 0 3.0 11 100 0.0
Commonwealth Grants Commission 8 0 2.5 10 19 1.6
CrimTrac Agency 18 17 12.5 79 44 3.1
Geoscience Australia 162 31 3.6 217 70 3.9
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority 16 0 4.3 52 13 2.3
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority 8 13 8.0 27 37 1.0
National Archives of Australia 23 0 3.1 64 14 2.2
National Blood Authority 6 0 7.8 24 63 5.1
National Capital Authority 7 0 3.1 14 43 1.4
National Health and Medical Research Council 30 29 3.3 54 40 1.8
National Health Performance Authority 13 38 4.4 28 68 0.7
National Library of Australia 26 12 3.9 75 43 2.8
National Museum of Australia 19 20 3.2 37 10 4.6
National Water Commission 5 0 5.0 14 50 6.0
Office of National Assessments 40 79 5.4 29 84 2.4
Office of Parliamentary Counsel 6 33 3.3 6 67 1.5
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman 22 0 5.5 35 27 3.2
Old Parliament House 7 0 10.0 14 17 4.0
Productivity Commission 39 18 2.2 48 86 1.5
Torres Strait Regional Authority 6 0 4.0 20 10 3.3
Workplace Gender Equality Agency 6 0 3.7 3 0 2.3
Median: Other Support agencies 14 9 3.5 25 43 2.3

* Average span of control is the average number of employees of any classification that an EL2 or EL1 has direct performance management responsibility for (averaged across EL staff with direct reports).
# The Department of Education and the Department of Employment provided a single response relating to the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Source: National Commission of Audit Survey, 2014

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