Last updated: 12 July 2018
The classification of jobs and employees in the APS is based on the work value of the duties being performed.
The Public Service Classification Rules 2000 (the Classification Rules) is the legislative instrument under the Public Service Act 1999 that outlines the APS-wide framework for classification. The Classification Rules list all approved classifications in the APS, including training classifications.
More information on APS Classifications can be found in the APS Classification Guide.
Work level standards
Work level standards in the APS describe work value and the essential characteristics of work to be performed at each classification level.
Agencies are required to adopt the work level standards issued by the Australian Public Service Commissioner whenever allocating an APS 1 to APS 6 Level, Executive Level or SES classification.
Work level standards for APS Level and Executive Level classifications
Specific information about work level standards for APS Level and Executive Level classifications can be found at:
- Work level standards: APS Level and Executive Level classifications
- APS work level standards differences document (APS Level and Executive Level classifications)
- APS role evaluation tool and guidance (APS Level and Executive Level classifications)
- Circular 2014/4 - Amendments to the Public Service Classification Rules 2000
Work level standards for SES classifications
Specific information about work level standards for SES classifications can be found at:
- Work level standards: Senior Executive Service
- Senior Executive Service evaluation methodology - guidelines
For more information about classifications in the APS, please email the staffing policy team staffingpolicy [at] apsc.gov.au.
Individual employees should contact their own human resources areas.