AGS number Australian public service
An AGS or AGSN (Australian Government Staff Number) is an 8-digit identity number of Australians. Since AGSN is the government-assigned unique service number, you cannot have it if you are not employed in government service. The complete database of AGS numbers is stored and maintained by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC).
If you are a government employee of Australia and do not know your AGSN, you can look up for it with your current or previous recruiter. Employees are issued an AGSN by their employer or recruiting agency.
You can find your AGSN in the following two ways:
- AGSN is most likely mentioned in the employee’s payslip. See the number given for ‘Employee ID’ on your payslip or paycheck. This is your AGSN.
- If you have left the job, you can ask for your AGSN from the HR managers of the organization you were previously employed with. For checking the records, they need to know your name and the last job position you held at that organization. Information regarding all the past and current employees is generally present in their records.
Employment agencies cannot reuse or create the AGSNs as these are distributed by APSC only.
About Australian public service job search
Even freelancers can find flexible work in the Australian public service. In the last several years, APS offers part-time and temporary or non-ongoing roles. So freelancers can have the benefit and apply for part-time jobs even in the public sector.