Pivotal Analytics' founder, Felix Barbalet, said that, under the Public Service Act, all Federal Government appointments must be published each week in the Gazette, but not in a form that lends itself to any kind of useful analysis.
"Every Australian Public Service employee hired in the last five years is listed in the Gazette, but the job they're appointed into is not ‐ there is just a reference number," Barbalet said.
According to Barbalet, "Early adopters are finding huge value in the service because it connects them with experienced potential candidates already familiar with the Public Service and with a proven track record. That's an instant boost of their databases by around 120,000 candidates, many of whom might just be looking for a new challenge."
He added: "I also realised very quickly that anyone who deals with the Federal Government would find it useful to search for APS employees by name, so we've also just launched a second site for that."
Pivotal Analytics has launched two web-based versions of its service. A premium version for recruiters and an ad‐supported version for the general public.
Barbalet said he planned to use other publically available information to create value for businesses and individuals around Australia. "These kind of techniques are used a lot within Government to data‐mine the public. This might be the first time they've been used by the public to data‐mine the Government."