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2. APS agencies (or semi-autonomous parts of agencies)

The following list of APS agencies and employee numbers is based on data in APSED as at 30 June 2014. These are headcount numbers and include ongoing, non-ongoing and casual and intermittent employees. The break down of data from the APS employee census and the agency survey by agency size is based on these employee numbers. Further information on data analysis is included in Appendix 3.

APS agencies and employee numbers based on APSED data as at 30 June 2014
Agency Total APS employees as at 30/6/2014 Function1
Source: APSED
Aboriginal Hostels Limited 484 Smaller operational
Administrative Appeals Tribunal 161 Smaller operational
Attorney-General's Department 1714 Policy
Australian Aged Care Quality Agency 214 Regulatory
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2871 Specialist
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 53 Specialist
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission 99 Regulatory
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity 31 Specialist
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care 76 Specialist
Australian Communications and Media Authority 524 Regulatory
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission 763 Regulatory
Australian Crime Commission 556 Smaller operational
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 5424 Larger operational
Australian Electoral Commission 2589 Smaller operational
Australian Financial Security Authority 472 Smaller operational
Australian Fisheries Management Authority 198 Regulatory
Australian Human Rights Commission 127 Specialist
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 140 Specialist
Australian Institute of Criminology 49 Specialist
Australian Institute of Family Studies 101 Specialist
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 344 Specialist
Australian Law Reform Commission 16 Specialist
Australian National Audit Office 372 Specialist
Australian National Maritime Museum 97 Specialist
Australian National Preventive Health Agency 5 Specialist
Australian Office of Financial Management 43 Specialist
Australian Organ and Tissue Authority 26 Specialist
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority 166 Regulatory
Australian Public Service Commission 267 Policy
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency 139 Specialist
Australian Research Council 118 Specialist
Australian Securities and Investments Commission 1785 Regulatory
Australian Skills Quality Authority 206 Regulatory
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority 325 Regulatory
Australian Taxation Office 23259 Larger operational
Australian Trade Commission 547 Specialist
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre 277 Regulatory
Australian Transport Safety Bureau 101 Smaller operational
Australian War Memorial 350 Specialist
Bureau of Meteorology 1734 Larger operational
Cancer Australia 72 Specialist
Clean Energy Regulator 334 Regulatory
Climate Change Authority 17 Specialist
Comcare 676 Smaller operational
Commonwealth Grants Commission 31 Specialist
ComSuper 480 Smaller operational
Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee 2 Specialist
CrimTrac Agency 228 Specialist
Defence Housing Australia 680 Smaller operational
Department of Agriculture 4644 Larger operational
Department of Communications 504 Policy
Department of Defence 21163 Larger operational
Department of Education 1869 Policy
Department of Employment 1839 Policy
Department of Finance 1812 Policy
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 4958 Policy
Department of Health 3487 Policy
Department of Human Services 34757 Larger operational
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 8506 Larger operational
Department of Industry 3364 Policy
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 1210 Policy
Department of Social Services 3652 Policy
Department of the Environment 2602 Policy
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2544 Policy
Department of the Treasury 1017 Policy
Department of Veterans' Affairs 2011 Larger operational
Fair Work Commission 303 Smaller operational
Family Court and Federal Circuit Court 807 Smaller operational
Federal Court of Australia 472 Smaller operational
Food Standards Australia New Zealand 113 Regulatory
Future Fund Management Agency 98 Specialist
Geoscience Australia 648 Specialist
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority 255 Specialist
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority 51 Specialist
IP Australia 1142 Larger operational
Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal 343 Smaller operational
Murray Darling Basin Authority 300 Policy
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House 90 Specialist
National Archives of Australia 449 Specialist
National Blood Authority 56 Specialist
National Capital Authority 65 Specialist
National Competition Council 6 Specialist
National Disability Insurance Agency 516 Smaller operational
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia 220 Specialist
National Health and Medical Research Council 226 Specialist
National Health Funding Body 17 Specialist
National Health Performance Authority 52 Specialist
National Library of Australia 497 Specialist
National Mental Health Commission 12 Specialist
National Museum of Australia 250 Specialist
National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority 118 Regulatory
National Portrait Gallery of Australia 62 Specialist
National Water Commission 37 Specialist
Office of National Assessments 141 Specialist
Office of Parliamentary Counsel 102 Specialist
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner 88 Regulatory
Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions 466 Smaller operational
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman 154 Specialist
Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate 132 Regulatory
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman 820 Regulatory
Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security 12 Specialist
Office of the Inspector-General of Taxation 8 Specialist
Private Health Insurance Ombudsman 13 Specialist
Productivity Commission 170 Specialist
Professional Services Review 18 Specialist
Royal Australian Mint 218 Specialist
Safe Work Australia 106 Policy
Screen Australia 18 Specialist
Social Security Appeals Tribunal 88 Smaller operational
Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency 14 Specialist
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency 84 Regulatory
Torres Strait Regional Authority 142 Specialist
Workplace Gender Equality Agency 32 Specialist

1 Agencies are grouped into five categories for benchmarking purposes based on primary function: larger operational, smaller operational, policy, specialist and regulatory.

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Last reviewed: 
29 March 2018