Public servants in the Australian Public Service (APS) work in a wide range of areas such as community and social services, defence, economic management, education, employment, foreign affairs, health, housing, industrial relations and transport. They are employed in a variety of clerical, technical and professional careers.
The education and training requirements to become a public servant in the APS differ depending on the position. There are no standard qualifications to become a Trainee Administrative Service Officer, although departments and agencies generally require Year 10. Different departments or agencies may have their own specific requirements and should be contacted directly for further information. Graduate entry into the APS requires completion of a degree from a recognised tertiary institution. Entry to these courses usually requires you to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. To become an information technology officer or professional and technical officer you usually need to complete a diploma, degree or trade qualification, or extensive work experience in the relevant field. On-the-job training and in-house courses are provided at all levels to develop and broaden work skills. Public servants may be required to undertake further part-time study.
There are various entry points to the APS:
Australian public servants work in every state and territory in Australia. Many positions are in the capital cities or larger cities and towns. There are limited opportunities for overseas postings. Many graduate-entry positions are based in Canberra. With ability, experience and training, progression to senior officer and senior executive positions may be possible. Promotions and transfers to other departments are available after gaining entry to the APS. These are based on merit. Recruitment and testing services are conducted by individual Commonwealth Government departments and agencies. Contact your chosen department or agency for full details. Visit the Federal Government website (http://australia.gov.au) for department and agency contact details. APS vacancies are advertised on the Australian Public Service website at www.apsjobs.gov.au. Some jobs are advertised in local or national newspapers. For Indigenous Australians, opportunities for employment while studying are available under the Indigenous Cadetship Support initiative. This employment program aims to assist Indigenous jobseekers to gain professional positions in both the private and public sectors. Visit the Department of Employment website (http://employment.gov.au) for more information. Competition for positions in the APS is very strong.