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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.

2019 Reports

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.

Australian Public Service employee census reports by agency
APS overall results
Attorney-General's Department
Australian Public Service Commission
Department of Communications and the Arts
Department of Education
Department of Finance
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Department of Health
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Department of Social Services
Department of the Environment and Energy
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Department of the Treasury
Murray-Darling Basin Authority
Safe Work Australia
Smaller operational
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Australian Financial Security Authority
Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Defence Housing Australia
Digital Transformation Agency
Fair Work Commission
Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
Larger operational
Australian Taxation Office
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Department of Defence
Department of Home Affairs
Department of Human Services
Department of Veterans' Affairs
IP Australia
Australian Building and Construction Commission
Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Australian Fisheries Management Authority
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre
Clean Energy Regulator
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguards Commission
National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Australian National Audit Office
Australian Office of Financial Management
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
Australian Research Council
Australian Trade and Investment Commission
Cancer Australia
Commonwealth Grants Commission
Future Fund Management Agency
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
National Archives of Australia
National Capital Authority
National Health and Medical Research Council
National Library of Australia
National Museum of Australia
National Portrait Gallery of Australia
Office of Parliamentary Counsel
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman
Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security
Productivity Commission
Professional Services Review
Workplace Gender Equality Agency
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Geoscience Australia

Survey questions and data

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.

Additional information

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.
For further information on privacy, please refer to the collection notice, participant information, and APSC privacy policy.

Further information

Further information or to report any broken links please contact the stateoftheservice [at] apsc.gov.au (APSC employee census team) or 1800 464 926.

Last reviewed: 
24 February 2020