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Building diversity across the APS workforce

Findings from the APS Statistical Bulletin: December 2017 show that the representation of APS employees from diverse backgrounds has increased over the last decade.

The data shows that in December 2017, 3.3% of APS employees identified as being from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. This has increased from 2.6% in December 2007.

Cultural diversity, as measured by employees from a Non-English speaking background, has also increased—from 12.8% to 14.2% over the same period. 

In December 2017, women continued to occupy the majority of positions in the APS, making up 59% of the workforce. While men make up the majority of employees in senior roles, the gap is narrowing. The proportion of women in senior executive service (SES) roles has increased from 36% to 44% over the past decade, including an increase from 43% to 44% over the past 12 months.

APS workforce data is updated every six months, drawing on information provided by agencies to the APSC in the Australian Public Service Employment Database (APSED).

APSED data is also publicly available through a series of interactive dashboards called the APSED interactive interface (APSEDii).

Last reviewed: 
1 June 2018