The APS has a wide range of responsibilities relating to economic management, national security, health, aged care, employment, education, culture and the arts, families and communities, immigration, taxation, and the environment.
An ageing workforce: The proportion of APS employees 50 years of age and over has grown significantly over time, increasing from 20.2% of all employees in June 2001 to 31.7% at June 2015.
By classification: With the exception of APS 3 and APS 4 classifications, the number of employees in all classifications decreased from 2014 to 2015. The number of Executive Level (EL) 1 employees decreased by 1,712 (6.2%) and the number of APS 6 employees decreased by 1,126 (3.5%).
By location: The highest proportion of APS employees are based in the ACT; with 60.4% of all EL employees and 75.2% of all SES employees in the ACT.