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Job Families

The APS Job Family Model is a means of describing and analysing the APS workforce, with linkages to the broader labour market.

The Job Family Model can provide agencies with a deeper view of their workforce. This allows enhanced analysis of the workforce to:

  • better understand occupations and skill groupings that currently exist within an agency’s workforce
  • better understand the skills and knowledge gaps that exist within an agency’s workforce
  • be better informed about workforce training and development needs
  • better target recruitment activities for filling of current and potential vacancies

The APS Job Family Model groups functionally similar positions that have related skills, tasks and knowledge requirements. The model does not reflect work level classification. At the top level of the model are the following job families:

Job families

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In the 2016 APS employee census, respondents were asked to indicate which job family best described the work they do. The majority of respondents selected ‘service delivery’ as their work type. ‘Administration’ and ‘compliance and regulation’ were the next most frequently reported job families across the APS.

Proportion of APS employees by work type, 2016

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Some work types display marked difference in gender representation. For example, nearly 75 percent of those who selected ‘administration’ or ‘service delivery’ as their work type are female.

In comparison, over 80 percent of those who selected ‘engineering and technical’ or ‘trades and labour’ are male.

Gender distribution by work type, 2016

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Male respondents most frequently selected ‘information and communications technology’ as their work type, followed by ‘service delivery’. Female respondents most frequently selected ‘service delivery’ and ‘administration’ as their job roles.

Top work types by gender, 2016

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Distribution of work type by location shows some clear patterns.

Employees based in the Australian Capital Territory are most commonly engaged in ‘strategic policy’ work. The majority of employees in all other locations selected ‘service delivery’ as their work type. The top two work types in each location are shown below:

Top work types by location, 2016

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Within each work type except ‘organisational leadership’ and ‘strategic policy’, representation by classification is highest at the APS level. Within these two work types, representation is highest at the Executive level.

Classification distribution by work type, 2016

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Distribution of work type by classification shows that APS level employees are most commonly employed in ‘service delivery’ and ‘administration’ roles. Executive Level employees are most commonly employed in in ‘project and program’ and ‘strategic policy’ roles. Senior Executive Service officers employees are most frequently employed in ‘organisational leadership’ and ‘strategic policy’ roles.

Top work types by classification, 2016

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