The Australian Public Service (APS) is a foundation of Australia’s democracy. The APS provides independent advice to the government and supports the Australian community.
Learn more about the work of the APS in two exhibitions at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House.
The Spirit of Service and Australia’s Public Service: For the Government of the Day exhibitions were developed in partnership between the APSC and MoAD.
Spirit of Service - The diverse roles of Australia’s public servants
The Spirit of Service exhibition tells the story of the APS in supporting the community and protecting democracy through its core values, impartiality and commitment to service.
The exhibition showcases how the APS is an enduring thread in our everyday lives and impacts us all in surprising ways. Spirit of Service is a whole of government exhibition, highlighting the work of 48 agencies.
The focal point of the exhibition, a large photographic mural, features 200 former and current APS employees. From the Antarctic to space, regional towns to an international presence the work of the APS is far reaching. Wherever APS employees are across the world, they are committed to serving the community and making a difference.
Spirit of Service Exhibition is located in the Senate Undercroft at MoAD.
Australia’s Public Service For the Government of the Day
The Australian Public Service plays an important role in Australia’s democracy, but its story is not always well known, or well understood. This 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.
Visit the Australia’s Public Service For the Government of the Day exhibition, located in the Prime Minister’s suite at MoAD.
See the exhibitions at MoAD
The Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House is a living museum of social and political history, located in a national heritage building in Parkes, Canberra.
Information for visitors is available on the Museum of Australian Democracy website.