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The Commission at a glance

Our role

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.

Our vision

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.
Last reviewed: 
11 May 2018