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 About the Australian Public Service (APS)

The APS Profile

The APS has a wide range of employment opportunities from entry level positions as well as management, technical and administrative roles. The APS offers full time, part time and temporary or non-ongoing roles across a wide range of locations.

Further information about the composition of the APS workforce is available in the Opens in a new windowState of the Service Report.

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 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.

APS Values, Employment Principles and Code of Conduct

The APS Values and Employment Principles should shape the organisational culture of the APS. They are core components of a positive culture, stewardship, high performance, and leadership—and fostering ‘one APS’.

APS agency heads and employees are required to uphold the APS Values and Employment Principles. Additionally, agency heads are required to promote the APS Values and Employment Principles. Click here for further information regarding the Opens in a new windowAPS Values, Employment Principles and Code of Conduct.


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 or non-ongoing vacancies to enhance their skills and capabilities.

Entry in to the APS

The APS has entry level, management and 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 departments 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 the Australian Public Service Commission publication Opens in a new windowCracking the Code.


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 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.