8000 gone from Australia’s ageing, more diverse public service

The Australian public service is shrinking, ageing and becoming slightly more female, according to the annual data dump from the Public Service Commission.

The Australian Public Service shrank by 4.7% in the year to June 30 — a loss of almost 8000 staff — according to the annual APS Statistical Bulletin released yesterday.

The updated data also reveals the service is ageing, employees are staying longer in the job, and progress is being made on equal representation of women.

The government’s campaign to cut the size of the bureaucracy has seen an increase in retrenchments relative to retirements and resignations: the natural attrition (resignations and retirements) rate in 2013-14 was 4%, down from 4.2% in 2012-13 and 4.9% in 2011-12.

But the “other separations” rate (including retrenchments, invalidity retirement, deaths and termination of appointment) has grown from 2.1% to 3.5% due to the increase in the number of retrenchments.

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