State of the Service Agency Survey

The State of the Service agency survey is conducted annually from June to July, and collects functional data and workforce metrics from APS agencies with more than 20 APS employees.

What is the purpose of this survey?

The agency survey is a census of all Australian Public Service (APS) agencies with at least 20 employees, and is conducted as part of the information collection process for the annual State of the Service report. The Australian Public Service Commissioner has a statutory obligation to report to Parliament on the state of the APS each year. Section 44(3) of the Public Service Act 1999 states that an agency head must give the Commissioner whatever information the Commissioner requires for the purpose of preparing the State of the Service report.

The information collected through the agency survey is also used to inform human capital strategies and for other research and evaluation purposes.

Results from the APS employee census is used to complement the information gathered through this survey of agencies.