Australian Public Service Commissioner, John Lloyd PSM, today released the Australian Public Service Statistical Bulletin for 2014-15.
The structure of Australia Public Service employment is continuing to change.
The release of the annual APS Statistical Bulletin records the lowest APS employment level since 2006 at 152,430 employees.
The public service is becoming older. The representation of employees 55 years and older continues to grow. The average age of the APS workforce is now 43.0 years.
The representation of women is an area of marked improvement over the years. For the first time women at the Executive Level 1 classification have reached parity with men. The representation of women in the senior executive service has reached 40.4 per cent. Women now account for 58.4 per cent of all APS employees.
The proportion of non-ongoing employees is the highest it has been in the past 15 years, representing 10.5 per cent of all employees.
Indigenous Australians and people with disability have a higher representation than previously. Ongoing Indigenous employees increased from 2.5 to 2.6 per cent of the APS.
A further interesting point is that the proportion of staff employed in the ACT has fallen. ACT staff now account for 38.1 per cent of all employees, although 75.2 per cent of the senior executive service is ACT based.
"APS employment like other labour market sectors continues to change. In many respects the features of the APS are not markedly different from those other sectors. It is important that the employment practices of the APS reflect the standards and features of the Australian community. At the same time the APS can lead in areas where there is labour market under representation such as Indigenous Australians and people with disability," Mr Lloyd said.
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