Australian Public Service Commissioner's annual report 2013–14

Annual report of the Merit Protection Commissioner

Letter of transmittal

August 2014 Dear Prime Minister I am pleased to present the Merit Protection Commissioner's report for the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 as part of the Australian Public Service Commissioner's annual report required by section 51 of the Public Service Act 1999....read more

Overview

As Merit Protection Commissioner I am responsible for independent and impartial review of employment actions in the Australian Public Service (APS), merit-based recruitment services and a range of fee-for-service activities. In this role I provide assurance to the government and...read more

Focus on the year

The focus for 2013–14 was on consolidating the gains in productivity, quality and timeliness of the review function while working with agencies to improve decision-making and the handling of employment disputes. Throughout the year I continued to support the Australian...read more

Outcomes for the year

The results for 2013–14 continued the trend of the last two years of an increase in the number of applications for review. The number of finalised reviews increased slightly, but there was a significant increase in the number of cases...read more

Outlook for the coming year

My two major goals for 2014–15 are to consolidate the gains in productivity, quality and timeliness in the review function and to work with agencies to improve decision-making and the handling of reviews. I will be working with the Group...read more

Governance, management and accountability

The Commission is included in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's Portfolio Budget Statements. The Australian Public Service Commissioner, as head of the Commission, is responsible for the Commission's financial and human resources and for assessing the level...read more