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About the Merit Protection Commissioner

Annwyn Godwin

Ms Annwyn Godwin was appointed as Merit Protection Commissioner under section 52 of the Public Service Act 1999. Her five year term commenced on 25 January 2008 and she has recently been reappointed for a second five year term (see Media Release: Special Minister of State, Minister for Public Service and Integrity).

The Merit Protection Commissioner is a statutory position located with the Australian Public Service Commission. A key part of the Merit Protection Commissioner’s role is to help agencies meet the requirements of the APS Values and Conduct by providing independent external review of actions affecting individual APS employees. In addition to administering the statutory review of actions scheme, there are a range of other responsibilities, as set out in section 50 of the Public Service Act.

Ms Godwin joined the Australian Public Service in 1990 and has extensive experience in corporate and staffing related fields. Her SES career has involved working with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry and the Australian Customs Service. Her previous work in the former Department of Parliamentary Reporting Staff means she also has relevant experience for the related responsibilities of acting Parliamentary Service Merit Protection Commissioner. During her early career, she also worked in a wide variety of private sector agencies.

Ms Godwin has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Melbourne University and, a Masters of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of NSW. She has a strong background and interest in administrative review work and is graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Role of the Merit Protection Commissioner

Information on the Commissioner's statutory powers and policy responsibilities is available from the publication The Merit Protection Commissioner - Role and Functions


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