Release type: Media Release


Release of Australian Public Service Statistical Bulletin


Senator the Hon Eric Abetz
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Tasmania

The release of the Australian Public Service Statistical Bulletin today shows a reduction in the size of the APS, from 167,051 at June 2013 to 159,126 at June 2014.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service Senator Eric Abetz said the natural attrition (53.5%) of APS employees demonstrated that the Government’s policy was moderate and reasonable, as opposed to the scare campaign promoted by Labor.

"The Australian Public Service will reduce by 16,500 staff across the four years to 2016–17,” Senator Abetz said.

"This figure includes the loss of 14,500 jobs as a result of decisions taken by the Labor government.

"The Government is committed to a sustainable public service that continues to deliver for the Australian people—a public service that provides viable frontline services and preserves the skills required to meet the Government’s priorities and deliver better value for each taxpayer dollar."

The bulletin also reports that:

  • representation of people with disability has increased from 3.1% to 3.3%
  • representation of employees from a non-English speaking background rose from 15.8% to 15.9%
  • Indigenous Australians increased slightly from 2.26% to 2.32% (both figures are shown in the bulletin as 2.3%)
  • the age profile of the APS continues to trend toward an older workforce, and has a higher representation of workers in the 35–44 and 45–54 age groups when compared to ABS labour force data.

The bulletin is available at: