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The APS Remuneration Survey (the Survey) is the source of data for the APS Remuneration Report (the Report), an annual snapshot of remuneration across the Australian Public Service. The Report's findings will provide a breakdown of remuneration across the different classification levels as well as illustrate the changes from year to year. Additionally, this data is also used to create Individual Agency Reports that compare each agency's remuneration data with the overall APS results. Individual Agency Reports will be provided to agency heads or to someone the agency head (or an authorised delegate) has granted access.

Remuneration Survey resources, including the updated Data specifications, are available below.

Previous Remuneration Reports are available here.

Machinery of Government changes

During 2020 a number of Machinery of Government changes occurred to the structure of the Public Service. If you have any questions regarding your Agency’s reporting as a result of these changes contact remuneration [at] apsc.gov.au (the Remuneration team).

Important dates

Important dates for the APS remuneration survey

Dates of effect and deadlines for submission of data



31 December 2020

Date of Effect

22 February 2021

Remuneration data submission due date.
It is appreciated if data files are submitted prior to the due date.

Please note that the collection of Remuneration Survey data is independent of the collection of APSED data.

Changes to Remuneration Survey from 2019 to 2020

There are no new Data Items and no Data Items have been deleted other than minor modifications to items 14 and 15 are outlined below:

Item 14: The removal of ‘OTH’ as an option

Item 15: As a reminder for the first time in 2019 values were included to distinguish between intent of Public Service Act Determinations:

  • PSAa: pay increases on top of an Enterprise Agreement past its nominal expiry date under PSA Determinations (s24(1)), and
  • PSAb: other types of PSA Determinations (s24(1) & s24(3)).

For more information see - https://www.apsc.gov.au/workplace-relations

This year there will be a short accompanying survey regarding SES remuneration packaging. A link will be sent in January to input your agencies response.

Sending data to the Commission

Remuneration Survey data must be sent to the Commission securely.

If your agency is on GovLink (a Commonwealth secure Virtual Private Network) you may email data to the Commission as all emails between GovLink agencies are encrypted automatically in transition.

If your agency is not on GovLink, please use the secure method used to upload APSED movement and snapshot files. This is via the GovTeams, which is a digital collaboration service that allows data files to be uploaded and shared in a secure manner to the Commission. If you require an invitation for this GovTeams community, please email: remuneration [at] apsc.gov.au.

Remuneration Survey resources

Remuneration Survey Data Specifications

The Remuneration Survey Data Specifications outline the procedure for completing the Survey, and details the data items to be reported on. The current version is 2020.1.1.

2020 Remuneration Survey Data Specifications (Word, 327kb)

Remuneration Survey FAQs

If you have a question that is not covered in the Remuneration Survey FAQs, please contact remuneration [at] apsc.gov.au.

Remuneration Survey FAQs

Excel spreadsheet template

A spreadsheet has been developed to assist agencies without an automated HR system. If you would like a copy of this macro-enabled workbook please contact us at remumeration [at] apsc.gov.au

Column header template

The template below can be used to assist you with viewing raw data. It shows the name and number of each data item, and is colour coded to show fields that are related to each other. If you fill out one of these coloured fields you must also complete the field with the corresponding colour. The fields that are shaded yellow must contain a value for all employees. The template prints on to one A4 landscape page.

Remuneration Survey column headers

List of allowances

This document lists all the known allowances and in which Data Item each allowance should go. It also shows some allowances that are 'out of scope' and should not be reported.

If you have a question regarding an allowance that is not covered in this list please contact remuneration [at] apsc.gov.au.

Allowance list

Remuneration Survey Business Validation Rules

The Remuneration Survey Business Validation Rules outlines the criterions used in the process of validating data received for the Remuneration Survey by agencies. Data validation ensures that the data received meets the standards, according to the data specifications (see above), and also allows to check that data falls into the appropriate parameters. The purpose of the release of the Remuneration Survey Business Validation Rules exists to ensure improved data quality and streamline the remuneration reporting process in the current and future cycles.  

APS Remuneration Survey Business Validation Rules


Information collected for the Commission must be treated in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) of the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act) and compliance with these APPs is the responsibility of each agency. In particular, agencies are required to advise employees that they are disclosing employees' information to the Commission. To assist agencies in ensuring that they comply with the Privacy Act when providing APS employment information, the Commission has prepared the collection notice below.

APS Remuneration Survey Data Collection Notice

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Survey, please contact the project team:

Email: remuneration [at] apsc.gov.au

Last reviewed: 
16 December 2020