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About the Commission

Commission overview

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) is a central agency within the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio. The Commission supports two statutory office holders: the Public Service Commissioner—who is also agency head—and the Merit Protection Commissioner. Their functions are set out in sections 41(1) and 50(1), respectively, of the Public Service Act 1999 (the PS Act).

Role and responsibilities

Our vision is to lead and shape a unified, high-performing Australian Public Service (APS). The statutory responsibilities that support our vision are detailed in the PS Act and include:

  • evaluating the extent to which agencies incorporate and uphold the APS Values
  • evaluating the adequacy of systems and procedures in agencies for ensuring compliance with the APS Code of Conduct
  • promoting the APS Values and Code of Conduct
  • developing, promoting, reviewing and evaluating APS employment policies and practices
  • facilitating continuous improvement in people management throughout the APS
  • coordinating and supporting APS-wide training and career development
  • contributing to and fostering leadership in the APS
  • providing advice and assistance on public service matters to agencies on request
  • providing independent external review of actions by the Merit Protection Commissioner.

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