Unscheduled Absence

Managing workplace absence continues to be a challenge for the Australian Public Service (APS). In 2016-17, the overall APS unscheduled absence rate was 11.4 days per employee1. Small agencies tended to have lower unscheduled absence rates compared to medium or large agencies (Table 1). There […]

Attraction and separation

Tracking the motivations behind people joining and leaving the APS helps to develop talent and employment value strategies. In 2016–17, there were 9,123 engagements and 9,677 separations of ongoing employees in the APS. Figure 1: Headcount, engagements and separations of ongoing APS employees Learn more […]

Managing risk in the APS

APS agencies do different work in different contexts. All need to manage risk effectively. The APS views risk management as a priority. An important dimension is the impact that effective risk management has on productivity. Highly risk averse organisations can miss out on innovations and […]

ADF Veterans employed in the APS

As part of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment was formed to develop and provide advice on practical measures to embed veterans’ employment strategies into the recruitment processes of Australian businesses. The Committee held its inaugural meeting on […]

APS Statistical Bulletin 2016-17

The APS Statistical Bulletin for 2016-17 was released on Tuesday 26th September by the Australian Public Service Commissioner. View the Statistical Bulletin here. The Statistical Bulletin is a bi-annual statistical overview of the APS workforce employed under the Public Service Act 1999. This edition is […]

Unscheduled Absence in the Australian Public Service

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) collects data from Australian Public Service (APS) agencies on personal and miscellaneous leave use. The table below shows personal and miscellaneous leave use for 2015-16. These rates are compared with figures for 2014-15. Unscheduled absence rates for the overall […]

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 […]

2015-2016 State of the Service Report has been tabled in Parliament

The 2015-2016 State of the Service report was tabled in Parliament on 28 November 2016. Australian Public Service Commissioner the Hon John Lloyd PSM said the report highlights the strengths of the Australian Public Service with high levels of integrity, professionalism and engagement. “The 2016 […]

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 […]