Workforce planning & data

What is it?

Workforce planning is an essential aspect of planning for the future. It is about knowing your workforce and being responsive to the various factors that will influence your workforce needs. Social, economic, political, environmental and technological factors can have a short and long-term influence on the way that services are provided, as well as the people and skills that are required to provide the services.

"It is imperative for public sector agencies to identify current and future workforce issues and respond in creative and flexible ways [.....] to guarantee the sustainability of services to metropolitan and regional Western Australia." – M C Wauchope, Strategic Directions for the Public Sector Workforce 2009-2014

PSC's approach to workforce planning is outlined in the Strategic Workforce Planning Framework.

Why is it important?

The most important asset that a public sector organisation has is its workforce. The Public Sector Commission strives to lead and support the Western Australian public sector to continually adapt to a range of factors that affect the size and composition of its workforce.

By helping agencies to build and maintain their workforce, PSC is helping to ensure that the Western Australian community receives high quality services into the future.

How can PSC support your agency?

PSC helps agencies to stay informed about and respond to changing trends in employment. Such trends may include an increasing population, an ageing workforce or fluctuating demand for services. In response to this, PSC provides four main workforce planning services:

  1. Advice and assistance
  2. Workforce Planning Toolkit
  3. Workforce Demographic Reporting
  4. Equal Employment Opportunity support

Contact details

To make an online enquiry, or speak to a consultant directly for advice on workforce and diversity planning, you can use one of the following links:


Page last updated 6 December 2013