Last updated: 26 Sep 2017

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The Australian Public Service (APS) Statistical Bulletin is a bi-annual statistical overview of the APS workforce employed under the Public Service Act 1999 (the PS Act).

This edition is based on snapshot data from 30 June 2017. It provides a broad overview of key workforce metrics as at 30 June 2017 and trends across the last fifteen years (2002–2017) with relevant data tables referenced throughout.

This year’s edition will present information in a modern format focused on recent policy priorities such as the size and structure of the APS, gender equity and geographic distribution of the APS. Key changes include:

  • A more modern format to improve readability; and
  • The separation of all data tables into an Excel workbook available for download: to provide the facility for HR and workforce planning practitioners to investigate the underlying detail.

This Bulletin is a companion to the annual State of the Service Report (SOSR) which is issued in late November. The SOSR draws on a range of information sources, including the data in this bulletin and annual APS agency and employee surveys, to provide a detailed picture of APS employment.

HTML and PDF versions of the Bulletin along with the full set of underlying tables are available from the Commission website at

The APSC is committed to providing readers the information they require in the most useful format and reader feedback is welcome. Please e-mail if you would like to provide any comments.

The Australian Public Service Employment Database

Data for the Bulletin is sourced from the APS Employment Database (APSED) which was established in 1966 and is managed by the Australian Public Service Commission (the Commission). Agencies provide movement data on a monthly basis and a snapshot covering staff employed under the PS Act at 30 June and 31 December each year.

The APSED collection includes:

  • Demographic variables—including date of birth and work location;
  • Classification (level) of APS employees, from trainee to SES level;
  • Diversity data—including gender and voluntary items self-reported by APS staff such as disability status, Indigenous status, and non-English Speaking Background; and
  • Staff movements—including engagements, promotions, separations and transfers between agencies.

For further details on APSED, including its scope, see Appendix 1.

Interactive data—APSEDii

APSED data is publicly available via a series of interactive dashboards called the APSED interactive interface (APSEDii). Links to the dashboards and detailed information about APSEDii can be found at: