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 […]

Organisational capability – An external insight (Part 1)

2014-15 State of the Service Report – Organisational capability Previous State of the Service reports focused on two mechanisms for measuring organisational capability in the APS. One was the program of capability reviews and the other was agency self-assessments. Capability reviews provided independent, forward-looking reviews […]

Unscheduled Absence: Taking a look at people in the workplace

Attendance management remains a challenge for the Australian Public Service (APS). As a result of the high and rising levels of workplace absence among employees, the Australian Public Service Commission (the Commission) has been looking at this intractable problem from a number of angles to […]

Performance management in the APS

2014-15 State of the Service – Employee performance Government and community expectations of the Australian Public Service (APS) have changed. In an environment of increased fiscal pressure and rapid change, APS employees are expected to be more agile, innovative, risk savvy and responsive. Effectively managing […]

Professionalising human resources

2014-15 State of the Service Report – Professionalising human resources The case has been made, including in previous State of the Service reports, for defining the capability requirements of Human Resources (HR) professionals in the public sector. Unlike other professional occupations for example accountants and […]

Agency Capability

2014-15 State of the Service Report – Agency capability An input into the 2015 State of the Service agency survey was agency self-assessment of organisational capability. The specific capabilities assessed included change management, performance management, workforce planning, project management, talent management and innovation. The results […]

Leadership in the APS

2014-15 State of the Service Report – Leadership The importance of developing APS leadership and management capabilities has been well documented, including in previous State of the Service reports. Leaders establish the strategic direction of their agencies and the broader APS. They are central to […]

APS Graduate Recruitment

2014-15 State of the Service Report – APS graduate recruitment The graduate programs run by agencies represent a major investment by the APS. They are an important source of talented employees. It is hoped that many will become effective senior leaders. Significant differences exist between […]

APS Recruitment

2014-15 State of the Service Report – Recruitment The APS needs to be able to attract and retain the best and brightest people for all roles. Current recruitment and selection processes tend to be lengthy and convoluted. In a competitive market, slow recruitment may mean […]

The APS employment proposition

2014–15 State of the Service Report—The APS employment proposition The APS employment proposition must be clear and compelling. Our goal is to have the best and brightest people aspire to work for some or all of their careers in the APS. To this end, it […]

An engaged and committed workforce

Help us improve the State of the Service website, take our short online survey here (5 questions). Employee engagement is best characterised as the two-way relationship an employee has with the workplace. The Australian Public Service Commission defines employee engagement as the relationship employees have […]

Citizens’ view of the APS

In terms of citizen satisfaction with government, Australia performs as well or better than the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average on each of the following measures. Figure 1. Interactive Chart: Australian vs OECD citizen satisfaction with government Figure 1. is an infographic […]