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The APS Profile

Over 160,000 people work in the APS in over 120 organisations spread across Australia and the world. Most central offices are located in the Nation’s Capital Canberra; however 60% of jobs in the APS are located outside of Canberra. Many APS organisations have a range of jobs available throughout Australia and overseas.

The current profile of the APS

The current profile of the APS workforce as outlined in the State of the Service Report 2010-11, includes:

  • 97 agencies with 166,495 employees
  • the total number of employees rose by 2,013 or 1.2%,
  • APS 6 is now the largest classification group
  • 57.4% of ongoing APS employees are women
  • 13.8% of ongoing APS employees work part-time

Future challenges for the APS

Australia’s prosperity will be significantly influenced by the ability of the APS to tackle future domestic and global challenges as it moves through the 21st century, including:

  • growing complexity of policies and program commitments to meet government priorities
  • changing demographics of the labour market
  • increasing pace of technological change
  • effects of globalisation
  • rising financial constraints
  • impacts of skill shortages

These challenges add a level of complexity to the work the APS undertakes and it will become increasingly important to recruit people who are flexible, adaptive, innovative and can continue to respond to the challenges Australia faces in the future.

Employment Conditions

Australian Public Service (APS)

The employment conditions in the APS make the APS one of the leading employers of choice in Australia and include:

  • competitive salaries
  • generous superannuation entitlements
  • flexible work practices
  • excellent leave conditions
  • long service leave for eligible employees.

Pay conditions

Pay and conditions are determined at the individual agency level and will therefore vary from one agency to the next. If you are considering applying for a job with an agency you should refer to their Enterprise Agreement on their website which will outline their pay and conditions.

The agency may specify conditions of engagement. These can include, for example, essential qualifications for a job, security and character clearances, or health checks.

All APS employees must behave in ways that uphold the APS Values and meet the requirements set out in the Code of Conduct. Sanctions may be imposed for breaching the Code of Conduct.

Diversity

The APS is a leader in diversity of opportunities. The diversity of the people in the APS is one of its greatest strengths. Diversity in this context covers gender, age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, religious belief and family responsibilities. Diversity also refers to the other ways in which people are different, such as educational level, life experience, work experience, socio-economic background, personality and marital status. Workplace diversity involves recognising the value of individual differences and managing them in the workplace.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The APS follows the principles of equal employment opportunity. EEO policies address continued disadvantage experienced by particular groups of people in the workplace, including women, Indigenous Australians, people with disabilities and those who suffer disadvantage on the basis of race or ethnicity. These policies remain an important foundation for workplace diversity.

APS Values and Code of Conduct

The APS Values underpin relationships and behaviour and set the standards for APS employees to act with integrity and professionalism in the course of their duties. The Code of Conduct requires APS employees to behave at all times in a way which upholds the APS Values.

Mobility

The Australian Government encourages mobility of APS employees across the Service to obtain a diverse career experience. Employees can move across government agencies for temporary ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies to enhance their skills and capabilities.

Learning & Development

The APS provides a range of learning and development opportunities at the APS and agency level and supports professional and personal development, on the job learning, further study, career and leadership training for all APS employees.

Entry in to the APS

The APS has entry level and management positions, technical positions as well as general administrative or support roles. Apprenticeship, Indigenous career pathways, school leaver and graduate programs are available across a wide range of APS department and agencies. Full time, part time, temporary and contract opportunities at all levels of experience exist across a wide range of sectors. For more information see Apply for Jobs.

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Australian Government

Government in Australia

There are three levels of government in Australia—Commonwealth, State and Local Government—and each of these levels of government has its own public sector. The Commonwealth (also known as Australian or Federal Government) public sector comprises both Australian Public Service (APS) agencies and non-APS agencies. The APS refers to Australian Government departments and agencies where staff members are employed under the Public Service Act 1999.

The APS is part of the Executive arm of the Government. It exercises authority on behalf of the Government, providing the support the Government needs to undertake its roles and responsibilities on behalf of the Australian people. It does this by providing policy advice and managing and facilitating the delivery of programs, regulations and services agreed by the government. The Australian Public Service (APS) consists of a large number of organisations that provide information, services and support to almost every part of Australian life.

Most Australian Government agencies employ people under the provisions of the Public Service Act 1999 and jobs in these agencies are part of the Australian Public Service (APS). In the APS you are employed by the agency you work for, on behalf of the Australian Government.

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