Recruitment and movement in the APS

Last updated: 01 Dec 2016

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Looking for a job in the Australian Public Service (APS)? Go to Applying for jobs in the APS.

The following information is for APS managers and HR professionals about the recruitment and movement of APS employees.

Information for APS employees looking to change jobs in the APS is at Changing Jobs in the APS.


Under the Public Service Act 1999 (the Act), APS agency heads have responsibility for employment decisions, including recruitment and selection decisions, in their agency.

These decisions must comply with the Act, the Public Service Regulations 1999 and the Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2016. For more information on the relevant legislation, go to the legislative framework for the APS.

Additional information

Information on Recruitment, Non ongoing (temporary) employment and Terminating employment can be found at Management Essentials.

Additional resources in relation to recruitment and selection in the APS, and the movement of staff, can be found at: