Australian Public Service employee census results

We’re releasing our agency-level census results for the first time in 2019. We want to use this opportunity to create a more transparent, accountable and trusted public service

About the APS employee census

The Australian Public Service (APS) employee census is an opinion survey given to all APS employees between May and June each year. The census collects information on important workforce issues, such as:

  • job satisfaction
  • employee engagement
  • performance management
  • leadership
  • general impressions of the APS

The report summarises our results across different areas and includes aggregated agency data (PDF, 512KB). All employee census reporting is subject to strict privacy rules and we do not produce reports unless there are a minimum of 10 staff responses. If you have any problems accessing the report, please email

We use census results to inform strategies, policies, and evaluate initiatives.

About the results

You need to study them in the context of when our employees took the survey — May to June 2019. The results reflect the perceptions of our employees at that time.

Remember the APS contains more than 100 agencies of different sizes and functions. You need to take into account similar agency sizes and functions  when comparing data.

Further information

For more detail about interpreting, benchmarking and comparing the results, we recommend visiting the APSC’s census landing page and also reading the explanatory guide for more technical information.

Get in touch

If you have any questions you can send an email to or call 02 6120 8707