Our people

Our values

Be collegiate.
Be collaborative.

Be creative.
Be curious.

Be decisive;
Be bold.

Be inclusive.
Be respectful.

Be kind.

Deliver results

Staff profile

Purpose and people are at the heart of everything we do. Why? Because to be a world class regulator, we must have a people-centred culture that puts safety first and makes the EPA a great place to work.

The EPA is led by a Senior Leadership Team with many years’ experience in the protection of the environment, regulation, policy development and related fields.

Our staff work in many areas, from regulatory functions (such as engagement and education, licensing, inspections, audits and investigations) to policy and program development, management of grant programs, and legal services. Highly skilled and dedicated, they uphold our organisational values and contribute to a healthy environment. The EPA works to support their wellbeing.

In 2020–21, the EPA:

  • invested significantly in staff development programs – technical programs, wellbeing programs, and professional and leadership development
  • continued to support the CareerTrackers program for Indigenous Australians, with four interns returning to the EPA
  • participated in the public sector partnership with the Australian Network on Disability (AND) internship program, with two interns joining the EPA
  • was named an Inclusive Employer in the biennial Inclusion@Work Index run by the Diversity Council of Australia
  • supported staff wellbeing, particularly that of staff working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provided return-to-office guidance before and while we moved to hybrid working.

The EPA directly employs 728 people with most employees working in metropolitan areas.

Staff by division

 

EPA staff by category

Total staffing by category (head count) 30 June 2017 30 June 2018 30 June 2019 30 June 2020 30 June 2021

Permanent full-time

393

377

414

407

492

Permanent part-time

45

82

115

70

79

Temporary full-time

121

117

138

96

140

Temporary part-time

12

11

17

13

11

Casual

2

2

3

0

6

Total

573

589

687

586

728

 

EPA staff by location (head count)

Our NSW EPA Offices

NSW map showing EPA office locations

Walking the talk: values, culture and delivery

In May 2021 we launched our Workforce Strategy and Employee Career Journey. This document will guide us in developing our teams and organisational capabilities to become an adaptive, modern environmental regulator. It prompts us to integrate the characteristics of a world class regulator into all that we do. It also gives us the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of the workforce strategy we’ll be implementing during 2021–22.

The illustration below shows how an EPA staff member can navigate and drive their career. This career journey was developed and refined over many weeks with EPA leaders and staff.

The EPA wants to attract, engage and retain the right people. This year we’ve started talking to staff about what they value about working at the EPA and what they need for the EPA to remain their employer of choice. The answer is to design and promote meaningful work, invest in people, and cultivate a stimulating and supporting culture.

The EPA has also introduced a structured talent-management approach to support its current and future staff and leaders. By focusing on the career journeys of our employees we will build a more engaged workforce (as measured through the annual People Matter Employee Survey) and see our people develop and progress within the EPA.

a graphic showing career progression

Illustration of a typical employee career journey starting with how someone may  consider working for us through to developing their career today and growing their future career aspirations. Artist: Swivel Creative

 

Organisational structure

EPA organisation chart
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