2020 Census highlights

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Results of the 2020 census are generally positive and compare favourably to the APS overall. The results show a strong connection with the department and our purpose. Specific strengths noted include:

  • Overall job satisfaction received a positive response score of 91%—16% higher than the APS overall and an improvement of 4% compared to 2019;
  • Recommending the department as a good place to work received 92% positive response—23% higher than the APS average and 2% higher than 2019.
  • Workgroup skill, knowledge and the capability to perform well received a positive response score of 98%—17% higher than the APS overall and an improvement of 14% compared to 2019;
  • Effective communication from your SES received a positive response score of 84%—16% higher than the APS overall and a 4% improvement on 2019.

The 2020 census included a specific question on the department’s management of COVID-19, with 92% of staff responding that the department had appropriately managed the challenges of the pandemic.

More information

For more information, an explanatory guide and more technical details about employee Census, visit the Australian Public Service Commission’s Census page.