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Section 44 of the Public Service Act 1999 (Cwlth) provides that the Australian Public Service Commissioner must issue a report each year to the agency’s Minister for presentation to the Australian Parliament. The report must include a report on the state of the Australian Public Service (APS) during the year.

The State of the Service Report 2017–18 identifies the year-to-year trends in workforce participation and capability across the APS.

This is the 21st annual report on the state of the APS presented to Parliament. The report has been significantly enhanced since it was first tabled in 1998.

This year, the State of the Service report has been organised around three key agency capability themes:

  1. culture
  2. capability
  3. leadership.

The report contains an overview of the current state of play in the APS and the pressures to reform in the context of continual change. The remaining 10 chapters are grouped under the three key themes outlined above (and highlighted in Figure 1).

Figure 1: State of the Service Report 2017–18 themes and structure overview

The appendices to the State of the Service Report 2017–18 comprise:

  • APS workforce information sources
  • APS agencies
  • APS workforce trends
  • supporting statistics to the report
  • unscheduled absence data.
Last reviewed: 
30 November 2018