Dataset: 2020 APS Employee Census


The 2020 APS Employee Census was administered to all available Australian Public Service (APS) employees, running from 12 October to 13 November 2020. This was delayed from the usual May to June timeframe due to the impact of COVID-19.

The Employee Census 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.

Overall, 108,085 APS employees responded to the Employee Census in 2020, a response rate of 78%.

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


Three files are available for download.

To protect the privacy and confidentiality of respondents to the 2020 APS Employee Census, the datasets provided on 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: 2020 APS Employee Census data, Australian Public Service Commission.

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