How to become a Public Servant - Australian Public Service

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.

Personal requirements of a Public Servant - Australian Public Service

  • Able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • Able to deal confidently with people at all levels
  • Discreet when handling confidential information
  • Prepared to learn and use information technology
  • Australian citizen or permanent residency with intention of citizenship

Education & Training for a Public Servant - Australian Public Service

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. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

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TAS
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Avg. weekly wage:

$2,242

Future growth:

relatively steady

Employment by state:

ACT 24.5%

NSW 22.5%

NT 2.6%

QLD 14.3%

SA 4.1%

TAS 1.7%

VIC 20.5%

WA 9.8%

Hours worked:

39.5

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 48.4%

Proportion of female workers 51.7%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 9.3%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 9.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 39%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 42%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 18.5%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 81.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
In order to work within the Australian Public Service you will need to meet the set selection criteria of the particular job category. You will also be required to undergo a National Police Check and pass a health and fitness test. The actual tasks and duties carried out by the various job levels differ between departments and agencies. For specific task descriptions and training requirements you will need to speak to the recruitment officers of the different departments.
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