Research, analysis and publications
The workforce information we collect is collated and provided back to agencies to enable them to manage their workforce through benchmarking, trend reporting, policy development, evaluation, and workforce planning. At a macro level, we enable more accurate reporting and use of APS workforce information for Parliament and high-level APS committees, such as the Secretaries Board and the APS Reform Committee.
Workforce information is central to the annual State of the Service Report and bi-annual APS Statistical Bulletins.
All of this reporting of workforce information provides an evidence-base to support the development of APS-wide workforce management strategies, such as improvements to APS productivity, diversity, talent management, and workforce planning.
In this section you will be able to access reports and publications by topic that summarise the workforce information that we collect and analyse.
State of the Service Report
The State of the Service Report identifies year-to-year trends in workforce
participation and capability across the APS.
The APS Employee Census
The APS Employee Census is an annual survey which is used to collect confidential attitude and opinion information from APS employees on issues in the workplace. Many agencies publicly release their APS Employee Census results, and can be found in the various years below.
Publications by topic
First Nations employees in the APS
Capability and performance in the APS
RN 30-21 Workgroup performance in the Australian Public Service.pdf (PDF - 588.33 KB)
Data skills and capability gaps (PDF - 588.41 KB)
Digital skills and capability gaps (PDF - 589.21 KB)
Employee commitment to the APS (PDF - 604.61 KB)
Carers in the APS
RN 34-21 Carers in the Australian Public Service.pdf (PDF - 1.44 MB)
Carers in the Australian Public Service (PDF - 1.67 MB)
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the APS
Cultural backgrounds in the APS
Cultural backgrounds in the Australian Public Service (PDF - 3.04 MB)
Employees with disability in the APS
Employees with disability in the Australian Public Service (PDF - 1.87 MB)
RN 11-23 Employees with disability in the APS (PDF - 2.16 MB)
Employees who identify as LGBTIQA+ in the APS
RN 10-23 LGBTIQA+ employees in the APS (PDF - 1.85 MB)
Gender pay gap
RN16-23 Drivers of Decreasing APS Gender Pay Gap (PDF - 852KB)
Drivers of the 2021 Australian Public Service Gender Pay Gap (PDF - 747.92 KB)
New starters in the APS
Older workers in the APS
Older workers in the Australian Public Service (PDF - 1.5 MB)
Neurodiversity in the APS
RN 09-23 - Neurodivergence in the APS (PDF - 654.7 KB)
The APS Agency Survey
The APS agency survey is conducted annually from June to July. It collects functional data and workforce metrics from APS agencies with more than 20 APS employees.