In September and October 2019, the myVoice staff engagement survey was conducted providing all staff with the opportunity to share their views about ACU as a place to work.
ACU achieved a strong response rate of 69 per cent. Collectively, a total of 1,399 continuing and fixed-term staff and 480 casual/sessional staff participated.
The overall results of the 2019 survey reflect positively on ACU as an organisation that has experienced significant growth and, like other universities, has been impacted by changes across the sector.
Overall ACU’s results are in the top third of universities who participate in the survey.
The high-level results show that we continue to score above the industry standard across most categories and particularly in cross-unit co-operation, facilities, recognition, staff awareness of our vision for the future, and staff awareness of our values.
Since the 2017 survey, the areas where we’ve made the most improvement include cross-unit cooperation - knowledge and information sharing, support to achieve community engagement goals, and staff having access to the right equipment to do their jobs well.
While your responses tell us that we have much to be proud of, the survey results also identify areas for improvement. These include career opportunities and career planning, recruitment and selection, innovation, and processes.
For our casual and sessional staff, ACU continues to benefit from their passion and commitment to our mission and values, but they also want more involvement, feedback on their performance, and future career opportunities.
Early in 2020 results will be presented to staff on each campus. These presentations will provide you with further details about our areas of strength and areas we can improve. More information about these presentations will be provided in the new year with all staff encouraged to attend.
There are a range of reports available and these will be provided to the Senior Executive Group member for action.