2017 State of the Service Roadshow

Our annual presentation on the State of the Service report, “The APS: 2017 and beyond” to APS staff across Australia is complete. The presentations highlighted areas of strength, such as employee engagement, clarity of purpose and satisfaction with remuneration and terms and conditions. We also […]

Bullying and harassment in the APS

All Australian Public Service (APS) employees and agencies have a shared obligation to create respectful workplaces. A positive workplace environment makes good business sense. A positive workplace is characterised by mutual respect that supports employee engagement. It also creates a high performance culture that encourages […]

Gender in the Australian Public Service

While women make up more than half of the Australian Pubic Service (APS), they remain underrepresented in senior leadership roles. Balancing the Future: The Australian Public Service Gender Equality Strategy 2016–19 (the Strategy) sets out actions to enable the APS to achieve gender equality across […]

APS Values and the Code of Conduct

Australian Public Service (APS) employees are expected to display high standards of ethical behaviour. APS employees hold positions of trust and have an obligation to ensure that their behaviour, inside and outside the workplace, does not bring their agency or the APS into disrepute. All […]

Mobility in the APS

Mobility in the public sector is important. The ability to rapidly deploy staff to where they are needed most is critical to ensuring the Australian Public Service (APS) effectively serves the Australian community. Mobility helps ensure staff with the appropriate skills and experience are available […]

Employee performance

In an environment of increasing demands and pressure to do more with less, lifting performance across the Australian Public Service (APS) is critically important. This not only benefits the organisation, it also benefits employees. Many of the practices that support employee performance also impact positively […]

Employees with disability in the APS

Employees with disability in the APS The Australian Public Service (APS) is committed to improving the representation of people with disability in its workforce. The APS can best meet the needs of the Australian community if its workforce reflects the diversity of the community. As […]

Indigenous employment in the APS

Indigenous employment in the APS Improving the representation of Indigenous Australians in the Australian Public Service (APS) is essential. It will ensure that the APS is capable of meeting the needs of a diverse Australian community. The composition of the APS workforce should reflect the […]

Job Families

Job Families The APS Job Family Model is a means of describing and analysing the APS workforce, with linkages to the broader labour market. The Job Family Model can provide agencies with a deeper view of their workforce. This allows enhanced analysis of the workforce […]

Remuneration in the APS

Remuneration in the APS Remuneration is an important factor in recruiting and retaining employees. It encompasses monetary rewards such as salary, superannuation and allowances. An annual snapshot of remuneration across the whole Australian Public Service (APS) is collected at 31 December each year and the […]

Optimal management structures

Optimal management structures Complex management structures can be expensive. They may be detrimental to decision making, accountability and communication. Flatter management structures and increased spans of control can maximise resource use, encourage innovation and support capacity for change. The Australian Public Service Commission has published […]

Work location in the APS

Work location in the APS Australian Public Service (APS) employees are based in a range of locations around Australia and overseas. In Australia, APS employees are based in locations from the Snowy Mountains to Bourke and Lorde Howe Island. Overseas, APS staff work in such […]

Graduates: Future leaders of the APS

Graduates: Future leaders of the APS Graduate recruitment programs remain a crucial source of new Australian Public Service (APS) employees who can make a valuable contribution to the APS. In 2015-16, 10.3 percent of all new engagements to the APS were graduates. Agencies across the […]

APS Statistical Bulletin 2015-16

APS Statistical Bulletin 2015-16 The APS Statistical Bulletin for 2015-16 was released today by the Australian Public Service Commissioner. View the Statistical Bulletin here. The Statistical Bulletin presents an annual summary of employment data under the Public Service Act 1999 for the preceding financial year. […]

Mental health and wellbeing: Psychosocial Safety Climate

Mental health and wellbeing: Psychosocial Safety Climate (PSC) Most Australian Public Service (APS) employees come to work with the expectation that their employer will safeguard their physical and psychological health. Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act), managers must take reasonable measures […]

Enterprise agreement bargaining

Enterprise agreement bargaining Bargaining for new enterprise agreements was ongoing in the Commonwealth public sector in the 2015/16 financial year. Commonwealth public sector agencies negotiate their own enterprise agreements, within a policy framework established by the Government. On 2 November 2015, the Government released the […]

Employee perceptions of senior leaders in the APS

2015-16 State of the Service – Employee perceptions of senior leaders in the APS “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” -Peter F. Drucker The Senior Executive Service (SES) plays a significant role in the Australian Public Service (APS). SES officers […]

Perceptions of immediate supervisors

2015-16 State of the Service – Perceptions of immediate supervisors The relationship between a supervisor and their employees acts as a fundamental influence on a workplace’s efficiency and culture. For this reason, it is a focus of examination. When things go wrong, analysts pay particular […]

Employee Engagement

2015-16 State of the Service – Employee engagement “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” –Steve Jobs Australian Public Service (APS) employee engagement remains high in 2016. Employee engagement is measured by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) using […]

2015-16 State of the Service

Each year the Australian Public Service Commissioner is required to report to Parliament on the state of the APS. Over the next few months we will be discussing the following topics in detail and highlighting trends across the APS workforce. For more information about the […]

2016 APS Employee Census

The census will open from Monday, 9 May 2016 with the email delivery of the surveys to employees staggered from 9 to 13 May. The survey will close on Friday, 10 June 2016. The Australian Public Service Commissioner has been tracking the views of APS […]

Organisational capability – An external insight (Part 2)

Excerpts of pieces written by two of the most experienced external reviewers involved in capability reviews were included in the 2014-15 State of the Service Report. Last week, the full-length piece written by Ms Rachel Hunter was published. The full-length piece written by Ms Akiko […]