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Preface

Section 44 of the Public Service Act 1999 (Cth) stipulates that the Australian Public Service Commissioner issue a report each year to the agency’s Minister for presentation to the Australian Parliament. It is required to report on the state of the Australian Public Service (APS) during the past year.

The State of the Service Report 2019-20 identifies the year-to-year trends in workforce participation and capability across the APS.

This is the 23rd annual report on the state of the APS presented to Parliament.  

This State of the Service Report differs from previous years’ reports as it does not contain APS employee census data. The annual APS census was delayed to prioritise APS effort toward the COVID-19 pandemic response. The census data was therefore not available in time for publication by the legislated timeframe for the report. The report draws on the APS Employee Database, the APSC’s annual Agency Survey, and other data collections and research undertaken to evaluate the APS during the past year.

The report highlights the work of the APS, its challenges and how the APS has responded. It contains an overview of how the APS workforce has adapted to and accelerated change, overcoming barriers to deliver for Government and Australians during a time of crisis and into recovery.

The report also provides a statistical overview of the APS workforce and how this has changed over time.

The appendixes to the State of the Service Report 2019-20 comprise:

  • APS workforce information sources
  • APS agencies
  • APS workforce trends
  • supporting statistics to the report
  • unscheduled absence data.