My wife is a career public servant who has been driven to the verge of mental illness over the last few years by her mid-level role in the APS. It’s placed her, our family and our marriage under great stress, which we are still struggling to work through.
Her brother recently left the APS due to stress related mental illness.
Three members of my family have been senior career public servants, and they have all been invalided out due to work related mental illness.
A few weeks ago we met a bloke working in a winery near Murrumbateman who was an ex public servant who’d given the game away due to the inhuman working conditions he had been forced to endure.
Today my wife went on a training course where she met a woman who’d joined the public service late in life in a senior management role after a long career in private enterprise. This person revealed that after a couple of months in the APS she’d found herself alone and sobbing in the toilets at her workplace. She said it felt like she was working in an asylum for the deranged.
I have long experience dealing with senior people from the APS in my professional capacity, and in general the best way to understand any transaction with them is to assume that you are dealing with someone who is suffering from a severe mental disorder such as, depression, sociopathy, narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder etc. That’s not always the case, but it happens often enough to be a good guideline.
I could go on and on, because these are just a few of many, many stories that I can relate from my own experience about the dysfunction of the current APS. In short, the APS seems to be a nightmarish hell-hole where the lunatics are running the asylum, and that sensible people should avoid at all costs if they wish to retain their sanity.
Have me and my friends and family had a bad run? Is the APS actually a workers paradise, but we just haven’t been in the right place at the right time, or is it really as bad as it seems from every piece of evidence I can collect. Are there any happy APS employees out there? I’d be interested in getting the buzz from the RA community, many of whom I believe are members of the APS.