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Appendix 2 Agencies

This appendix covers a range of data about APS agencies.

Table A2.1 lists all APS agencies and employee numbers and reflects data in APSED as at 30 June 2020. These are headcount numbers and include ongoing, non-ongoing and casual (intermittently engaged) employees.

APS agencies are grouped into ‘functional clusters’ to allow comparisons to be made between agencies with similar primary functions. The functional clusters applied to APS agencies are:

  • Policy: agencies involved in the development of public policy.
  • Smaller operational: agencies with fewer than 1,000 employees involved in the implementation of public policy.
  • Larger operational: agencies with 1,000 employees or more involved in the implementation of public policy.
  • Regulatory: agencies involved in regulation and inspection.
  • Specialist: agencies providing specialist support to government.

This list contains 98 agencies and 9 Category E entities. The list can also be found at the APSC website.

Table A2.1: List of APS agencies by portfolio

Agency Name

Functional cluster

Headcount

Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Policy

7 201

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

Regulatory

156

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

Regulatory

175

Bureau of Meteorology

Larger operational

1 589

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Specialist

247

Murray Darling Basin Authority

Policy

283

Attorney-General's

Policy

1 347

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Smaller operational

691

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

Specialist

13

Australian Building and Construction Commission

Regulatory

158

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Specialist

49

Australian Financial Security Authority

Smaller operational

466

Australian Government Solicitor

Policy

655

Australian Human Rights Commission

Specialist

137

Australian Law Reform Commission

Policy

14

Comcare

Smaller operational

626

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Specialist

230

Fair Work Commission

Smaller operational

300

Federal Court Statutory Agency

Larger operational

1 184

National Archives of Australia

Specialist

389

Office of Parliamentary Counsel

Specialist

105

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Regulatory

119

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Smaller operational

424

Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman

Regulatory

897

Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

Specialist

33

Safe Work Australia

Policy

94

Defence

Larger operational

17 421

Defence Housing Australia

Smaller operational

579

Education, Skills and Employment

Policy

3 573

Australian Research Council

Specialist

147

Australian Skills Quality Authority

Regulatory

200

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

Regulatory

85

Finance

Policy

1 724

Australian Electoral Commission

Smaller operational

1 823

Future Fund Management Agency

Specialist

188

Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority

Specialist

60

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Policy

3 851

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Specialist

56

Australian Trade and Investment Commission

Specialist

629

Health

Policy

3 514

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

Regulatory

515

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Specialist

93

Australian Digital Health Agency

Smaller operational

64

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Specialist

368

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Specialist

142

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Regulatory

297

Cancer Australia

Specialist

76

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Regulatory

111

National Blood Authority

Specialist

63

National Health and Medical Research Council

Specialist

202

National Health Funding Body

Specialist

21

National Mental Health Commission

Specialist

35

Office of the Gene Technology Regulator and National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme

Policy

127

Organ and Tissue Authority

Specialist

23

Professional Services Review

Regulatory

26

Therapeutic Goods Administration

Policy

657

Home Affairs

Larger operational

14 019

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

Specialist

777

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)

Regulatory

411

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Policy

3 128

Clean Energy Regulator

Regulatory

347

Climate Change Authority

Specialist

10

Geoscience Australia

Specialist

616

IP Australia

Larger operational

1 152

National Offshore Petroleum Safety And Environmental Management Authority

Regulatory

124

Questacon

Policy

286

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Policy

1 550

Australian Communications and Media Authority

Regulatory

461

Australian National Maritime Museum

Specialist

120

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Specialist

103

National Capital Authority

Specialist

68

National Faster Rail Agency

Specialist

9

National Film and Sound Archive

Specialist

174

National Library of Australia

Specialist

382

National Museum of Australia

Specialist

274

National Portrait Gallery

Specialist

56

North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority

Specialist

2

Screen Australia

Specialist

6

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Policy

1 077

Aboriginal Hostels Ltd.

Smaller operational

464

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Specialist

134

Australian National Audit Office

Specialist

335

Australian Public Service Commission

Policy

266

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Policy

1 288

National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency

Policy

55

Office of National Intelligence

Specialist

261

Old Parliament House

Specialist

105

Torres Strait Regional Authority

Specialist

156

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Specialist

31

Social Services

Policy

2 333

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Specialist

96

Digital Transformation Agency

Smaller operational

245

National Disability Insurance Agency

Larger operational

4 394

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Regulatory

219

Services Australia

Larger operational

31 808

Treasury

Policy

1 132

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Specialist

2 892

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Regulatory

1 272

Australian Office Of Financial Management

Specialist

47

Australian Taxation Office

Larger operational

20 969

Commonwealth Grants Commission

Specialist

23

Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency

Specialist

22

Office of the Inspector-General of Taxation

Specialist

26

Productivity Commission

Specialist

166

Royal Australian Mint

Specialist

251

Veterans' Affairs (Defence portfolio)

Larger operational

1 746

Australian War Memorial

Specialist

334

 Total

 

150 474

Source: APSED