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Job families guide the APS of the future

Job families guide the APS of the future

How will the APS evolve to meet the changing nature of work? Ideally by using insights and information on what jobs are emerging and what jobs are declining. One tool for capturing this information is the Job Family Model.

The Job Family Model gives agencies a common framework to classify and compare roles across the sector. It means, for example, being able to see how many people across the APS are employed in service delivery – 32,579 – as compared to compliance – 15,483.

The APS Job Family Model was set up in 2011 to support workforce strategy and workforce planning across the public service, and continues to evolve.

The latest update in March 2019, added a number of new roles like cyber security professional, glaciologist and service designer.

The APSC currently collects data on about 110,000 people which is about three quarters of APS employees. This information empowers insights into the changing nature of work across the APS. It also supports research into the new and emerging roles and capabilities that the APS of the future will need to ensure key service delivery, policy and regulatory outcomes.

The Job Family Model links the APS to the wider Australian workforce by aligning with the Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).

The APSC is keen to expand the job family footprint, especially in smaller agencies involved in specialised, policy and regulatory work. To find out more about using the APS Job Family Model in your agency, email APSWFP [at] apsc.gov.au or call Michael Francis on 6202 3776. Find the latest data on job families on the APSC website.