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Outlook for 2020-21

The Commission has revised its strategic priorities for 2020–21. The priorities were developed by looking to 2023 and beyond, in the context of unprecedented change in the APS coupled with changing expectations from government and the Australian community.

The Corporate Plan 2020–21 sets out these strategic priorities and deliverables, as well as primary activities and measures, for the period 2020–21 to 2022–23. The plan states that the Commission’s purpose is ‘to position the APS workforce for the future to ensure it meets the demands and expectations of the Australian Government and people’. The Corporate Plan 2020–21 can be accessed on the Commission’s website, www.apsc.gov.au

Budget Outlook

Departmental appropriation revenue will increase from $23.1 million in 2019–20 to $34.2 million in 2020–21. This is the result of:

  • A transfer of ongoing appropriation funding of $11.8 million from agencies for items that were previously funded via memorandums of understanding. This change will ensure a stable and financially sustainable financial position for the Commission.
  • A reduction of $0.2 million in the temporary APS reform implementation funding, from $2.8 million in 2019–20 to $2.6 million in 2020–21.
  • The conclusion of the temporary budget funding for building digital capability in partnership with the DTA, decreasing from $0.3 million in 2019–20.

Administered payments for the Judicial Office Holders’ Remuneration and Entitlements Program were budgeted to increase slightly at $4.3 million in 2020–21.