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About us

Our role

We deliver programs and policies to maintain and improve Australia's law and justice framework, and to facilitate jobs growth through policies that promote fair, productive, flexible and safe workplaces. Through the Australian Government Solicitor, we also provide legal services to the Commonwealth, including legal advice and representation.

We are the central policy and coordinating element of the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Organisational structure

We are structured into five groups:

  • Australian Government Solicitor
  • Legal Services and Families
  • Integrity and International
  • Industrial Relations
  • Enabling Services.

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Corporate plan

Our corporate plan sets out our priorities and key initiatives over the coming years.

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the publication of our 2020-24 Corporate Plan will be deferred from 31 August 2020 until 30 November 2020. This deferral is in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Corporate Plan) Rule 2020.

The department’s operations have been impacted by the diversion of resources, including staffing, to support the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delaying our corporate plan also ensures we can accurately reflect our budgetary position following the release of the Federal Budget in early October. It also allows us to review our priorities, resources and activities required to achieve our priorities over the next four years against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Our 2018-19 annual report reports our results against the performance indicators outlined in our 2018-22 corporate plan.

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Find our annual reports and Budgets in the Publications section.

Strategic workforce plan

Broader Horizons: Agile Global Diverse is our strategic workforce plan for 2017 to 2020. It responds to the challenges we are facing and positions us to deliver our objectives by focusing on the workforce capabilities we need today and into the future.

Multicultural access and equity plan (MAEP)

The department's Multicultural Access and Equity Plan (MAEP) provides a framework to support our commitment to multicultural access and inclusion in the way we work and in the outcomes we deliver, specifically for people of CALD backgrounds.

APS employee census results

The APS employee census is an annual opinion survey. The Australian Public Service Commission sends it to all APS employees. It collects information on important workforce issues, such as:

  • job satisfaction
  • employee engagement
  • performance management
  • leadership
  • general impressions of the APS.

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Get more information

Visit the APSC census landing page for more detail about interpreting, benchmarking and comparing results. You can also read their explanatory guide for more technical information.