Legislation - Acts, Regulations and Directions
Our legislation page provides links to Commonwealth legislation that impacts upon the functioning of the Australian Public Service. Other acts and regulations relevant to the human resources management function are also provided.
Where possible we link to Comlaw, the Commonwealth legal database site, for our legislative links.
Public Service Act and instruments made under that Act
Public Service Act 1999
The principal Act governing the establishment and operation of, and employment in, the Australian Public Service.
Public Service Regulations 1999 (Consolidated version)
The purpose of the Regulations is to make necessary or appropriate provisions in relation to a range of matters for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of the Act.
Public Service Commissioner's Directions 1999 (Consolidated version - May 2013)
The current consolidation of the binding Directions issued by the Public Service Commissioner in accordance with the power provided at section 42 of the Act. They cover matters relating to the APS Values, Diversity in Employment, Merit in Employment, the Code of Conduct and SES Employment.
The Public Service Commissioner's Amendment Directions
Public Service Classification Rules 2000
Prime Minister's Public Service Directions 1999 (Consolidated version)
The binding Directions issued by the Prime Minister in accordance with the power provided at section 21of the Act. They cover mandatory leave for employment under the MOP(S) Act and APS-wide Training Schemes.
Australian Public Service Award 1998 (Consolidated version)
This Fair Work Australia consolidated award incorporates all amendments up to and including 17 November 2008.
Other Acts relevant to Human Resource Management
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
Crimes Act 1914
The Act provides criminal penalties for a range of actions (such as fraud, theft, bribery, browsing a Commonwealth Computer, release of Commonwealth information) that may be committed against the Commonwealth whilst in employment or after employment.
Disability Discrimination Act 1992
Equal Employment Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Act 1987
Equal Opportunity For Women In The Workplace Act 1999 (Consolidated version)
The Act aims to achieve the elimination of discrimination against, and the provision of equal opportunity for, women in relation to employment matters.
Fair Work Act 2009
- The Fair Work Act is available on the ComLaw website.
- The Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Consolidated version) made under the Act.
Freedom of Information Act 1982
Privacy Act 1988
Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1999 (Consolidation version)
The Act deals with the consequential and transitional matters arising from the repeal of the PS Act 1922 and the Merit Protection Act and the enactment of the replacement legislation - PS Act 1999.
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
Sex Discrimination Act 1984
Superannuation Act 2005
The Superannuation Act 2005 is available on the ComLaw website. The following are also on the ComLaw website:
Work Health and Safety Act 2011
An Act relating to work health and safety, and for related purposes.
Other regulations relevant to Human Resource Management
Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1999 Regulations (Consolidated version)
The Regulations made under the Public Employment (CaT) Act.
Workplace Relations Regulations 2006 (Consolidated version)
The Regulations made under the Workplace Relations Act.