The 2018 Census results show that Public Service employees are more qualified than those in the private sector, State-owned enterprises, and local government. However, they are less qualified than employees in the state health and education sectors.
Public servants are becoming more qualified over time. The proportion with no post-school qualifications decreased from 37.7% in 2006 to 23.9% in 2018. The proportion with a degree or higher qualification increased from 40.5% to 55.7% over the same period. Social, Health and Education Workers in the Public Service in particular, had a strong improvement in qualification levels, though there were improvements in all occupational groups.