The Australian Public Service Commission works with agencies to strengthen the capability of the Australian Public Service (APS) to meet the evolving needs of citizens and the government; supports renewal of leadership, learning and development in the APS; and fosters ethical behaviour and workplaces that value diversity.
We also have an important evaluation role in working with agencies to ensure that the APS is performing effectively and in a manner consistent with the APS Values.
The Commission also administers employment-related policies on behalf of the government, including the Australian Government Employment Bargaining Framework, the interim recruitment arrangements and the Senior Executive Service (SES) cap.
To lead and shape a unified, high-performing APS.
Highlights from 2013–14
The Commission effectively discharged its statutory responsibilities. Our significant achievements during 2013–14 included:
- implementing a pilot of the RecruitAbility scheme (a guaranteed interview scheme for job applicants with disability), which was adopted by the Commission and 14 other APS agencies
- working with 38 agencies to recruit 111 new Indigenous employees through the APS Indigenous Pathways to Employment Program
- implementing the APS entry and exit survey to collect data that will allow the APS and agencies to better understand the drivers of attraction and retention, with a particular focus on diversity groups
- completing eight agency capability reviews and publishing 10 reports
- introducing and managing the staffing arrangements for recruitment in the APS
- piloting a diagnostic instrument in a number of agencies to support the implementation of a high-performance framework across the APS
- administering the 2014 APS employee census to more than 150,000 employees, with a 68% response rate
- releasing the APS Leadership and Core Skills Strategy 2014–15, with the endorsement of the Secretaries Board, in June 2014, and providing core skills learning programs to agencies
- implementing new SES leadership programs and continuing to deliver talent development programs
- developing the Australian Government Public Sector Workplace Bargaining Policy,which will underpin productive workplace arrangements across the Commonwealth public sector
- developing the APS classification guideand APS-wide work-level standards for non-SES employees to support agencies in classification management decisions
- working closely with the Department of Finance on preparing for the commencement of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 on 1 July 2014.