Interim APS recruitment arrangements
The Australian Government is committed in the light of budget pressures to reducing the size of the public service by 12,000 employees through natural attrition. For the APS to achieve this target without impairing its capability to support the Government and the Australian community, the use of existing staff needs to be maximised, while avoiding new engagements wherever possible.
To give this effect, interim arrangements are being put in place across the APS to give greater priority to the redeployment of existing staff. In the first instance, agencies are required to consult the Australian Public Service Commission’s redeployment register. For essential vacancies, where no suitable employee at level is available, within the agency or on the register, agencies will need to seek the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s agreement to advertise. As a temporary measure, the Commissioner will issue a revised Commissioner’s Direction authorising the advertising of APS vacancies for filling by existing APS employees, by transfer or promotion, as the default mechanism for permanent filling.
In order to maintain the longer term structural capability of the APS the Government has agreed to continue targeted recruitment programmes for Graduates and Indigenous employees. There will also be scope to advertise externally in compelling circumstances, for example, where an essential job cannot be filled from within the APS.
APS departments and agencies have been advised that recruitment activity underway is to cease, unless an offer has already been made to a suitable candidate. Similarly, no new non-ongoing arrangements are to commence, or existing non-ongoing arrangements to be extended, without agency head approval.
These arrangements are being implemented by the Australian Public Service Commission. More detailed guidance is being prepared for agencies and will be available shortly.