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Key findings

This chapter has used the ASGS structure and postcode data to describe the geographic distribution of APS employees. APS employees work in diverse geographical locations across Australia, with national and regional offices located to facilitate the delivery of services where they are needed most. This geographical distribution has varied over time, with the gap between the proportion of the APS employed outside of the ACT and those employed in the ACT, narrowing over time. In 2013, 60.9% of APS employees were employed outside of the ACT.

Fifty-eight agencies (55.8%, covering 86.2% of the total APS workforce) employ all personnel in major cities. Fourteen agencies (13.4%) had employees located in remote locations and 15 agencies (14.4%) in very remote areas of Australia. SES make up less than 1% of APS workforces outside of the ACT. The proportion of the workforce at SES and EL levels is much smaller outside of the ACT. This is especially true for regional workforces, where less than 10% of APS employees were employed at a higher classification than APS 6.

Employee engagement was relatively similar across states and territories with ACT employees being the most engaged and WA employees the least (with the exception of team engagement, where NSW and Vic recorded the lowest levels of engagement). Employees from the NT also demonstrated high engagement levels, particularly related to job and agency engagement. Employee attitude and opinion data demonstrates that ACT employees and, perhaps to a lesser extent, NT employees differ from their state-based counterparts across most factors.