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Australian Public Service (APS) agencies are grouped into categories or ‘functional clusters’ to allow comparisons to be made between agencies with similar primary functions. The five functional clusters applied to APS agencies are as follows:

  • Policy: organisations involved in the development of public policy.
  • Smaller operational: organisations with less than 1,000 employees involved in the implementation of public policy.
  • Larger operational: organisations with 1,000 employees or more involved in the implementation of public policy.
  • Regulatory: organisations involved in regulation and inspection.
  • Specialist: organisations providing specialist support to government.
Micro Agency (Less than 20 Employees)

Agency

Function

North Queensland Water Infrastructure Authority

Specialist

Screen Australia

Specialist

Australian Law Reform Commission

Policy

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

Specialist

National Faster Rail Agency

Specialist

Climate Change Authority

Specialist

Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency

Specialist

Organ and Tissue Authority

Specialist

National Health Funding Body

Specialist

Extra Small Agency (20-100 employees)

Agency

Function

Commonwealth Grants Commission

Specialist

Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Specialist

Professional Services Review

Regulatory

Office of the Inspector-General of Taxation

Specialist

National Mental Health Commission

Specialist

National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency

Policy

Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

Specialist

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Specialist

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Specialist

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Specialist

Australian Office Of Financial Management

Specialist

National Portrait Gallery

Specialist

Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority

Specialist

Old Parliament House

Specialist

National Capital Authority

Specialist

National Blood Authority

Specialist

Torres Strait Regional Authority

Specialist

Cancer Australia

Specialist

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Regulatory

Australian Digital Health Agency

Smaller Operational

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Specialist

TEQSA

Regulatory

Australian National Maritime Museum

Specialist

Australian Human Rights Commission

Specialist

Safe Work Australia

Policy

National Offshore Petroleum Safety And Environmental Management Authority

Regulatory

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Specialist

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Regulatory

Aboriginal Hostels Ltd.

Smaller Operational

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Regulatory

Small Agency (101-250 employees)

Agency

Function

Office of Parliamentary Counsel

Specialist

Questacon

Policy

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Specialist

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

Policy

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Specialist

Australian Building and Construction Commission

Regulatory

Australian Research Council

Specialist

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

Regulatory

National Film and Sound Archive

Specialist

Productivity Commission

Specialist

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

Regulatory

Royal Australian Mint

Specialist

Future Fund Management Agency

Specialist

Australian Skills Quality Authority

Regulatory

National Health and Medical Research Council

Specialist

GBRMPA

Specialist

Australian Public Service Commission

Policy

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Regulatory

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Specialist

National Museum of Australia

Specialist

Digital Transformation Agency

Smaller Operational

Fair Work Commission

Smaller Operational

Office of National Intelligence

Specialist

Medium Agency (251-1000 employees)

Agency

Function

Murray Darling Basin Authority

Policy

Australian War Memorial

Specialist

National Archives of Australia

Specialist

Clean Energy Regulator

Regulatory

Australian National Audit Office

Specialist

National Library of Australia

Specialist

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Specialist

AUSTRAC

Regulatory

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Smaller Operational

Australian Communications & Media Authority

Regulatory

Australian Financial Security Authority

Smaller Operational

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

Regulatory

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Smaller Operational

Defence Housing Australia

Smaller Operational

Comcare

Smaller Operational

Australian Trade and Investment Commission

Specialist

Australian Government Solicitor

Policy

Geoscience Australia

Specialist

Therapeutic Goods Administration

Policy

Australian Electoral Commission

Smaller Operational

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

Specialist

Federal Court Statutory Agency

Larger Operational

Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman

Regulatory

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Policy

Large Agency (1001-10,000 employees)

Agency

Function

Treasury

Policy

IP AUSTRALIA

Larger Operational

National Indigenous Australians Agency

Policy

Attorney-General's

Policy

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Regulatory

Finance

Policy

Bureau of Meteorology

Larger Operational

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Policy

Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Policy

Veterans' Affairs

Larger Operational

Social Services

Policy

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Specialist

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Policy

National Disability Insurance Agency

Larger Operational

Health

Policy

Education, Skills and Employment

Policy

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Policy

Extra Large Agency (More than 10,000 employees)

Agency

Function

Home Affairs

Larger Operational

Defence

Larger Operational

Australian Taxation Office

Larger Operational

Services Australia

Larger Operational

Last reviewed: 
10 September 2020