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The Australian Public Service (APS) census is an annual employee perception survey. The survey captures attitude and opinion data on important issues such as wellbeing, innovation, leadership, learning and development, and engagement of the APS workforce. It provides an opportunity for all APS employees to have their say about their workplace and help make the public sector a better place to work.
Agencies and the APSC use this information to target strategies to build APS workplace capability now and in the future. It is used to evaluate, change and improve the working conditions and environment for APS employees. The APS employee census is also an important source of information for the State of the Service Report.
In 2019, 136,527 employees from 102 APS agencies were invited to participate. A total of 104, 471 responded, a response rate of 77 per cent. The census was run from Monday 6 May to Friday 7 June 2019.
The following agencies have opted to publicly release their APS employee census reports. The links below will direct you to the reports available on the respective agency’s website.
The APS employee census questions and data from 2012 to 2019, aggregated at the APS-wide level, are available on data.gov.au. To protect the privacy and confidentiality of respondents, the datasets include responses to a limited number of demographic or other attribute questions.
Individual agency reports are available on agency websites for 2019.
Further information on the APS employee census and how to interpret results can be found in the Census Explanatory Guide
Responses from individual employees are confidential and strict rules are in place to safeguard privacy at every stage of the survey process. Census results are available in aggregated and de-identified form, consistent with the personal information protections legislated under the Privacy Act 1988.
Further information or to report any broken links please contact the stateoftheservice [at] apsc.gov.au (APSC employee census team) or 1800 464 926.