At 30 June 2020, the Commission had an average staffing level (ASL) of 210 employees.
The majority (92 per cent) of the workforce is based in Canberra.
Of the Commission’s workforce, 70 per cent are women, 82 per cent work full-time, and 92 per cent are ongoing employees. Women make up 85 per cent of the part-time workforce.
Appendix B provides detailed information about the workforce.
In 2019–20, the Commission considered future staffing and capability requirements and engaged in strategic planning related to workforce matters. Of the 20 per cent of current ongoing employees who might elect to retire now or in the coming five years, the majority are at the Executive Level.
Recruitment activity in 2019–20 continued to focus on filling positions that directly contributed to the Commission’s ability to achieve its strategic goals. The Commission continued to use streamlined recruitment advertising and selection processes designed to identify the best applicants in a fair, transparent and efficient manner.
In 2019–20, the Commission again implemented a Graduate Program to attract and develop graduates with skills and qualifications aligned with the strategic priorities. The Commission engaged six graduates this year and participated in whole of government APS graduate recruitment models, for the HR Profession, Data Profession and Generalist streams, to attract and develop graduates with specialist skill sets.
Average use of personal leave with pay—including sick, carers and emergency leave—was 12.9 days per full-time-employee (FTE) in 2019–20. This compares with 10.9 days in 2018–19. The increase is attributed to a small number employees with long term personal leave requirements.
In 2019–20, the strong record in workforce diversity was maintained. The Commission has strategies and action plans in operation related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, disability and carers and gender equality. The Commission also has employee networks for: Disability and Carers (DCN), LGBTQ+, Gender Equality (GE) and Indigenous Australians’ (the Walan-ma-rra Olgeta Network).
Reconciliation Action Plan
Guided by the leadership of the Indigenous Champion, the Commission conducted a range of activities to support its commitment to reconciliation. These were facilitated by the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group, which has representation from across the organisation.
The RAP Working Group continued to implement the strategic vision of its Innovate RAP by delivering on key actions. This included building cultural capability through the Cultural Awareness e-learning and the Core Cultural Learning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia Foundation course presented by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. The RAP Working Group continued to building greater relationships through activities such as participation in the NAIDOC Touch Football competition and a bushfood event.
The Commission continues to promote respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures in the workplace, using Acknowledgement of Country for significant meetings, flying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and incorporating bespoke contemporary Indigenous Australian artwork into the office.
The Commission recognised National Reconciliation Week in 2020, through a number of virtual activities to boost awareness, understanding and respect for Indigenous Australian cultures. This included, a self-guided walking tour of Reconciliation Place, the video series (produced by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet) titled: In this Together, and the Share Our Pride video introduced by Dr Tom Calma AO, Co-Chair of the Senior Advisory Group of the Indigenous Voice co-design process. In the Share Our Pride video, Dr Calma took viewers through an engaging online program offering a range of resources aimed to build understanding of the richness and diversity of Indigenous cultures.
With the launch of the new Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy 2020-2025, the RAP Working Group is focused on aligning activities and outcomes for the Commission to the broader strategic objectives, particularly to support the role of the Commission as steward and thought-leader in this space.
The Commission’s remuneration framework and terms and conditions of employment consist of an enterprise agreement for non-SES officers and section 24(1) determinations under the Act for SES officers. Table 22 details these arrangements.
The Australian Public Service Commission Enterprise Agreement 2018–21 remained in effect. Officers received an increment increase on the 12 month anniversary of 7 November 2019. In accordance with the Determination announced on 9 April 2020, the Commission will defer a wage increase scheduled for 7 November 2020, to support the Australian economic financial recovery.
Seven non-SES officers at the Commission were employed under individual flexibility arrangements during 2019-20.
Table 22 SES and Non-SES Employment Arrangements 2019-20 as at 30 June 2020
Section 24(1) Determination
Individual Flexibility Agreement
Table 23 shows the salary ranges available for the Commission’s classification levels.
No performance pay provisions were in operation for employees. The Commission provided non-salary benefits—including salary packaging, leased motor vehicles and airline lounge memberships—for a limited number of employees.
Table 23: Salary ranges, by classification 2018-19 to 2019-20
Table 24 and 25 detail information relating to the remuneration of SES officers and other key personnel for 2019-20.
Table 24: Information about remuneration for key management personnel 2019-20
Australian Public Service Commissioner
Deputy Public Service Commissioner
First Assistant Commissioner
Merit Protection Commissioner
Table 25: Senior Executive Remuneration, 2019-20
The Commission enhanced the ‘Taking Time to Talk’ performance management approach, with increased emphasis and guidance for managers. This includes incorporating regular feedback into team communication and constructing meaningful performance conversations. This support information for employees and managers is centralised on the Commission’s Intranet and promoted at key times during the performance cycle.
Australia Day Awards
The 2020 APSC Australia Day Achievement Awards recognise and honour our staff who have made significant contributions towards the success of our strategic priorities or have demonstrated personal behaviours and leadership that are a visible representation of the Commission's values and culture. Four teams and two individuals received awards for their outstanding work and dedicated service: Phoebe Morrison, Mel Bryant, the APS Jobs Project Team, Workplace Relations Policy Team, Capability Review Team and Social Club Team.