The structure of Australian Public Service employment is continuing to change. As a result, the composition of the workforce is changing. This ensures that the APS continues to have the capability to deliver the government’s policy agenda in the most efficient and effective manner.
At 30 June 2015 there were 152,430 people employed in the APS. This is a decrease of 3.5% from June 2014. The proportion of non-ongoing employees is the highest it has been in the past 15 years. The total number of employees in the APS is the lowest since 2006.
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Ongoing and all APS employees
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Non-ongoing APS employees
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The decrease in APS employees is due to fewer engagements rather than more employees separating from the APS. For the past 11 years the number of separations of ongoing employees each year has been around 10,000, with 10,612 ongoing employees separating from the APS in 2014–15. There were 2,349 ongoing engagements during the 2014–15 financial year. In a tight fiscal environment, targeted employment management is crucial for maintaining capability in key areas.
Ongoing employees: Engagements and Separations
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Year ending June
APS headcount over the last 15 years has shown consistent trends in terms of increases and decreases by classification. There has been a decline in the number of staff at the lower APS levels. There is a corresponding increase in headcount for higher APS levels and executive level staff. The change in classification profile has been influenced by a number of factors. These include increasing role complexity, technological changes and the impact of the automation and outsourcing of functions once performed by lower-level staff.
Proportion of APS headcount by classification
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Read the State of the Service Report 2014–15 on the APSC website.