Australian public service employee census

Each year our staff take part in the Australian public service (APS) employee census. All staff across the APS were able to complete this survey.

We release our census results to be more transparent and accountable.

What we do with the results

We support our people to deliver effective and efficient public services.

The census allows staff to have their say on important workforce issues. This includes:

  • job satisfaction
  • employee engagement
  • performance management
  • leadership
  • general impressions of the Australian Public Service

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


Census reporting is subject to strict privacy rules.

Find out more on the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) website:


Read more about how we interpret and benchmark the results (APSC website).

If you have difficulty accessing these files, contact us for help.

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Previous year’s results

Our department was established on 1 February 2020. Before this, we were the:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of the Environment and Energy (Environment portfolio)

The 2019 census results reflect the previous departments.


If you have difficulty accessing these files, contact us for help.


If you have difficulty accessing these files, contact us for help.