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This appendix covers a range of data about Australian Public Service (APS) agencies.

Table A2.1 lists all APS agencies and employee numbers and reflects data in the Australian Public Service Employment Database (APSED) as at 30 June 2018. These are headcount numbers and include ongoing, non-ongoing and casual (intermittently engaged) employees.

APS agencies are grouped into categories or ‘functional clusters’ to allow comparisons to be made between agencies with similar primary functions. The functional clusters applied to APS agencies are:

  • Policy: agencies involved in the development of public policy.
  • Smaller operational: agencies with fewer than 1,000 employees involved in the implementation of public policy.
  • Larger operational: agencies with 1,000 employees or more involved in the implementation of public policy.
  • Regulatory: agencies involved in regulation and inspection.
  • Specialist: agencies providing specialist support to government. 

Table A2. 1: APS agencies, 2017–18
Agency name Functional cluster Headcount
Agriculture and Water Resources Larger operational 4 977
Australian Fisheries Management Authority Regulatory 185
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Regulatory 201
Murray Darling Basin Authority Policy 307
Attorney-General’s Policy 834
Australian Government Solicitor Policy 612
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Smaller operational 670
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Specialist 53
Australian Financial Security Authority Smaller operational 511
Australian Human Rights Commission Specialist 142
Australian Law Reform Commission Specialist 10
Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Smaller operational 385
Federal Court Statutory Agency Smaller operational 1 181
National Archives of Australia Specialist 399
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner Regulatory 90
Office of Parliamentary Counsel Specialist 102
Communications and the Arts Policy 598
Australian Communications and Media Authority Regulatory 436
Australian National Maritime Museum Specialist 133
National Film and Sound Archive Specialist 179
National Library of Australia Specialist 432
National Museum of Australia Specialist 265
National Portrait Gallery Specialist 65
Old Parliament House Specialist 102
Screen Australia Specialist 7
Defence Larger operational 18 780
Defence Housing Australia Smaller operational 681
Education and Training Policy 1 776
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Specialist 114
Australian Research Council Specialist 146
Australian Skills Quality Authority Regulatory 186
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Regulatory 53
Environment and Energy Policy 2 571
Bureau of Meteorology Larger operational 1 672
Clean Energy Regulator Regulatory 344
Climate Change Authority Specialist 10
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Specialist 242
Finance Policy 1 664
Australian Electoral Commission Smaller operational 1 912
Future Fund Management Agency Specialist 161
Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Specialist 58
Foreign Affairs and Trade Policy 3 767
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Specialist 53
Australian Trade and Investment Commission Specialist 561
Health Policy 3 714
Therapeutic Goods Administration Policy 650
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator and National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme Policy 130
Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Regulatory 276
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Specialist 84
Australian Digital Health Agency Specialist 47
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Specialist 343
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency Specialist 143
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulatory 346
Cancer Australia Specialist 79
Food Standards Australia New Zealand Regulatory 98
National Blood Authority Specialist 56
National Health and Medical Research Council Specialist 190
National Health Funding Body Specialist 22
National Mental Health Commission Specialist 26
Organ and Tissue Authority Specialist 28
Professional Services Review Specialist 21
Home Affairs Larger operational 14 463
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Smaller operational 788
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre Regulatory 334
Human Services Larger operational 32 852
Industry, Innovation and Science Policy 2 259
Geoscience Australia Specialist 614
Questacon Policy 275
IP AUSTRALIA Larger operational 1 115
National Offshore Petroleum Safety And Environmental Management Authority Regulatory 116
Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Policy 898
Australian Transport Safety Bureau Smaller operational 111
Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency Specialist 8
National Capital Authority Specialist 71
Jobs and Small Business Policy 2 155
Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Policy 11
Australian Building and Construction Commission Regulatory 148
Comcare Smaller operational 653
Fair Work Commission Smaller operational 294
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman Regulatory 823
Safe Work Australia Policy 109
Prime Minister and Cabinet Policy 2 152
Aboriginal Hostels Limited Smaller operational 471
Australian National Audit Office Specialist 349
Australian Public Service Commission Policy 243
Commonwealth Ombudsman Specialist 205
Digital Transformation Agency Smaller operational 234
Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Specialist 22
Office of National Assessments Specialist 192
Torres Strait Regional Authority Specialist 158
Workplace Gender Equality Agency Specialist 25
Social Services Policy 2 318
Australian Institute of Family Studies Specialist 90
National Disability Insurance Agency Smaller operational 2 622
Treasury Policy 990
Australian Bureau of Statistics Specialist 2 694
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Regulatory 1 018
Australian Office Of Financial Management Specialist 39
Australian Securities and Investments Commission Regulatory 1 845
Australian Taxation Office Larger operational 20 281
Commonwealth Grants Commission Specialist 29
Office of the Inspector-General of Taxation Specialist 28
Royal Australian Mint Specialist 261
Productivity Commission Specialist 156
Veterans’ Affairs Larger operational 1 873
Australian War Memorial Specialist 322

Source: APSED

Last reviewed: 
30 November 2018