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Appendix 2: APS 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 2019. 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.
Table A2.1: List of APS agencies by portfolio

Agency name

Functional cluster

Headcount

Agriculture

Larger operational

5 003

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

Regulatory

179

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

Regulatory

209

Murray Darling Basin Authority

Policy

309

Attorney-General's

Policy

851

Australian Government Solicitor

Policy

593

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Smaller operational

671

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

Policy

16

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Specialist

50

Australian Building and Construction Commission

Regulatory

148

Australian Financial Security Authority

Smaller Operational

477

Australian Human Rights Commission

Specialist

143

Australian Law Reform Commission

Policy

10

Comcare

Smaller operational

610

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Specialist

234

Fair Work Commission

Smaller operational

305

Federal Court Statutory Agency

Larger operational

1 202

National Archives of Australia

Specialist

363

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Regulatory

96

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Smaller operational

397

Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman

Regulatory

847

Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

Specialist

32

Office of Parliamentary Counsel

Specialist

103

Safe Work Australia

Policy

104

Communications and the Arts

Policy

561

Australian Communications and Media Authority

Regulatory

448

Australian National Maritime Museum

Specialist

125

National Film and Sound Archive

Specialist

171

National Library of Australia

Specialist

399

National Museum of Australia

Specialist

274

National Portrait Gallery

Specialist

56

Old Parliament House

Specialist

117

Screen Australia

Specialist

7

Defence

Larger operational

16 879

Defence Housing Australia

Smaller operational

685

Education

Policy

1 902

Australian Research Council

Specialist

134

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

Regulatory

77

Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Policy

2 120

Australian Skills Quality Authority

Regulatory

211

Environment and Energy

Policy

2 717

Bureau of Meteorology

Larger operational

1 607

Clean Energy Regulator

Regulatory

322

Climate Change Authority

Specialist

8

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Specialist

257

Finance

Policy

1 579

Australian Electoral Commission

Smaller operational

2 558

Future Fund Management Agency

Specialist

154

Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority

Specialist

55

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Policy

3 781

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Specialist

60

Australian Trade and Investment Commission

Specialist

594

Health

Policy

3 428

Therapeutic Goods Administration

Policy

723

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

Policy

134

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

Regulatory

470

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Specialist

87

Australian Digital Health Agency

Smaller operational

52

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Specialist

376

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Specialist

137

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Regulatory

338

Cancer Australia

Specialist

77

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Regulatory

103

National Blood Authority

Specialist

59

National Health and Medical Research Council

Specialist

217

National Health Funding Body

Specialist

22

National Mental Health Commission

Specialist

28

Organ and Tissue Authority

Specialist

26

Professional Services Review

Specialist

23

Home Affairs

Larger operational

14 070

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

Specialist

764

AUSTRAC

Regulatory

385

Industry, Innovation and Science

Policy

2 318

Geoscience Australia

Specialist

622

Questacon

Policy

271

IP AUSTRALIA

Larger operational

1 144

National Offshore Petroleum Safety And Environmental Management Authority

Regulatory

125

Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development

Policy

990

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Smaller operational

107

Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency

Specialist

13

National Capital Authority

Specialist

71

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Policy

2 156

Aboriginal Hostels Ltd.

Smaller operational

451

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Specialist

123

Australian National Audit Office

Specialist

359

Australian Public Service Commission

Policy

264

Office of National Intelligence

Specialist

240

Torres Strait Regional Authority

Specialist

173

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Specialist

28

Services Australia (Social Services portfolio)

Larger operational

30 572

Digital Transformation Agency

Smaller operational

245

Social Services

Policy

2 545

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Specialist

109

National Disability Insurance Agency

Larger operational

3 491

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Regulatory

194

Treasury

Policy

970

Royal Australian Mint

Specialist

249

Commonwealth Grants Commission

Specialist

28

Australian Office Of Financial Management

Specialist

40

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Specialist

2 739

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Regulatory

1 180

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Regulatory

1 981

Australian Taxation Office

Larger operational

18 900

Office of the Inspector-General of Taxation

Specialist

31

Productivity Commission

Specialist

174

Veterans' Affairs (Defence portfolio)

Larger operational

1 674

Australian War Memorial

Specialist

331