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While the ACT has the largest number of APS employees, most work in other parts of Australia.

  • Almost 2 in 5 APS employees were located in the ACT in December 2017—38%.
  • Almost one-fifth of the workforce was in NSW, at 19%, and a further 17% work in Victoria.
  • Nearly 1,400 APS staff, or 0.9%, worked overseas; most of these are employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Figure 6: Location of APS workforce by state/territory, 31 December 2017

  • Just over 14% of the APS workforce was located in regional areas of Australia at 31 December 2017—that is, outside capital cities. This has grown from 12% in 2012 (Figure 7).

Figure 7: Location of APS workforce, regions versus capital cities, 31 December 2007–17 (%)

Note: excludes employees located overseas