SBS shares stories of diversity that explore and reflect contemporary Australia, but our commitment to diversity goes beyond content. The diversity of the people of SBS is one of our greatest strengths, central to our unrivalled connections to communities and the trust audiences have in us.
SBS employee overview
Every year, SBS publishes data relating to the diversity of its workforce based on voluntary information provided by employees upon commencement of their employment, which is securely stored on SBS’s payroll records.
Number of employees*
Percentage of Total Workforce*
Percentage of SBS Board (8)
Percentage of Senior Leaders (86)
Percentage of People Managers (352)
Language Spoken at Home
Language other than English
Place of Birth
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander*
Note: Data as at 30 June, 2020
* Number of employees figure is the total number of employee headcount not FTE.
* Percentage of Total Workforce represents employees who voluntarily disclosed information.
* The Managing Director has been included in both the "Percentage of SBS Board" and "Percentage of Senior Leaders" columns.
* Senior Leaders are defined as the Executive team and their direct reports.
* Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander figures - Casuals not included in this figure in line with SBS's RAP reporting.
Annual diversity and inclusion employee survey
SBS recognises that there are a variety of reasons why employees may choose not to share personal non-compulsory data with their employer, so we also undertake an annual diversity and inclusion survey which collects additional data anonymously and is not attached to individual employee records. This survey seeks to obtain more detailed information relating to employee diversity across our workforce, and helps to inform the policies and actions designed to make SBS an even more inclusive and accessible workplace.
This survey was last conducted in October 2019 and attracted 736 responses. It found that:
- 4% of respondents, 6.5% of senior leaders and 3.8% of managers identified as having a disability.
- 5.6% of respondents, 5.2% of senior leaders and 5% of managers identified as having a chronic condition requiring adjustments in the workplace.
- 12.6% of respondents, 15.8% of senior leaders and 12.4% of managers identified as members of the LGBTIQ+ community.
- 1.8% of respondents identified as having an intersex variation.
- 0.7% of respondents identified as having a non-binary gender identity.