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Media Statement: Response to Canberra Times article - Regions lost 1800 plus jobs: union

Media Statement from the Australian Public Service Commissioner, The Hon John Lloyd

19 October 2017

In response to today’s Canberra Times article, Regions lost 1800-plus jobs: union, the claims by the paper that Australian Public Service Commission data shows a decrease in regional APS employment are untrue.

The Canberra Times report on the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) submission to the Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation simply repeats the selective use of Commission headcount data. This data misrepresents the truth.

Between 2012 and 2016, the overall number of APS employees working in regional Australia has increased.

For all regional locations the headcount has risen by 1,409 between 2012 and 2016, from 20,163 to 21,572. Proportionally, 14% of APS staff are now located in regional Australia, up from 12% in 2012.

Over the same period of time the overall APS workforce decreased by 11,057, from 164,478 to 153,421.

Over the last 10 years the regional headcount has risen from 21,090, or 13.3% of the APS workforce to 21,572, or 14.1% of the APS workforce.

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29 March 2018