Australia’s Public Service For the Government of the Day
Is a new permanent exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy that explores the role the APS has in serving the Government.
The Australian Public Service (APS) plays an important role in Australia’s democracy, but its story is not always well known, or well understood. The exhibition explores that role, specifically in relation to the responsibility of the APS to serve the government of the day.
Since Federation, the APS has informed, supported and implemented the decisions of government. The work of public servants is both visible and invisible – it reflects the times and impacts each of us.
The exhibition highlights the role of the APS in a selection of pivotal moments that have shaped Australia as a nation, under two broad themes: health and wealth. The objects and stories that are presented bring a sense of personal relevance and engagement for visitors.
This exhibition is the first phase of a larger exhibition. The second phase will open in 2022 and showcase the work of the APS in service of the community, as well as the different careers that are on offer in the public service.