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Under Blueprint Recommendation 6.1, the APSC is required to examine the extent to which the existing APS classification arrangements continue to meet the needs of agencies and employees.

An initial agency survey conducted by the APSC in 2010 identified wide variation in classification practices that had the potential to erode the integrity of the classification system in meeting One APS. The survey and subsequent consultations identified six main areas which required further analysis:

  • classification arrangements;
  • the changing APS classification profile;
  • broadbanding;
  • training classifications;
  • specialist classifications; and
  • the classification structure.

This review covers the classification arrangements of non-SES employees only1.

1 Classification arrangements for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions were reviewed separately in implementing recommendation 6.2, to review the size and growth of the SES (Review of the Senior Executive Service: Report to the Special Minister of State for the Public Service and Integrity).


The review was governed by a Steering Committee comprising senior executive representatives from agencies and chaired by the Deputy Public Service Commissioner. An independent expert in classification management and WLS was engaged in a consultative capacity to advise the review and the Steering Committee. Terms of reference for the Steering Committee and member details are included at Appendix One.

Thank you to the Steering Committee members for their governance and oversight.

A cross-agency Working Group of practitioners was established to provide input on issues and recommendations. A list of Working Group members is provided at Appendix Two.

A community of interest, via the GovDex site, has been used to communicate more broadly and interested unions have been consulted to give genuine consideration to proposals.


The review consulted a broad range of stakeholders to gain views on existing classification arrangements and WLS, including APS agencies and interested unions. The full list of agencies involved in the consultation process is included at Appendix Three.

In addition, information gathering presentations were provided to established senior manager forums including:

  • Workplace Relations Roundtable;
  • Deputy Secretary Reference Group;
  • Heads of Corporate Forum; and
  • Human Capital Forum.

Data analysis, desktop research and discussion with state jurisdictions, private organisations and overseas counterparts were all undertaken to support the review.

Last reviewed: 
29 March 2018