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
Opens in a new windowState of the Service Report 2010-11,
- 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.
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 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 Opens in a new windowconditions 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 Opens in a new windowAPS Values
and meet the requirements set out in the Opens in a new windowCode of Conduct.
Sanctions may be imposed for breaching the Code of Conduct.
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 Opens in a new windowAPS 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 Opens in a new windowCode of Conduct
requires APS employees to behave at all times in a way which upholds the APS Values.
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 Opens in a new windowlearning 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 Opens in a new windowApply for Jobs.
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 Opens in a new windowPublic 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 Opens in a new windowagencies
employ people under the provisions of the Opens in a new windowPublic 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.