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2019 APS employee census

The 2019 APS employee census was administered to all available Australian Public Service (APS) employees. This census approach provides a comprehensive view of the APS and ensures no eligible respondents are omitted from the survey sample, removing sampling bias and reducing sample error. The census' content is designed to establish the views of APS employees on workplace issues such as leadership, learning and development, and job satisfaction. The census ran from 6 May to 7 June 2019. Overall, 104,471 APS employees responded to the employee census, a response rate of 77%.

Please be aware that the very large number of respondents to the employee census means these files are over 200 mb in size. Downloading and opening these files may take some time.


Three files are available for download.

  • 2019 APS employee census - Questionnaire: This contains the 2019 APS employee census questionnaire.

  • 2019 APS employee census - 5 point dataset.csv: This file contains individual responses to the 2019 APS employee census as clean, tabular data as required by data.gov.au. This will need to be used in conjunction with the above document.

  • 2019 APS employee census - 5 point dataset.sav: This file contains individual responses to the 2019 APS employee census for use with the SPSS software package.

To protect the privacy and confidentiality of respondents to the 2019 APS employee census, the datasets provided on data.gov.au include responses to a limited number of demographic or other attribute questions.

Full citation of this dataset should list the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) as the author.

A recommended short citation is: 2019 APS employee census data, Australian Public Service Commission.

Any queries can be directed to research@apsc.gov.au.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title 2019 APS employee census
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia
Data Status active
Update Frequency never
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/362c21fb-fc80-4ee8-b906-c70f1c8d063a
Date Published 2019-11-26
Date Updated 2021-03-23
Contact Point
Australian Public Service Commission
Contact Point
Australian Public Service Commission - State of the Service
Temporal Coverage 2019-05-06 - 2019-06-07
Geospatial Coverage http://www.ga.gov.au/place-names/PlaceDetails.jsp?submit1=GA1
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Australian Public Service Commission