Our archived publications page lists documents that are not current but may be used for reference purposes.
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The purpose of this circular is to provide advice on resignation from the Australian Public Service (APS) under the Public Service Act 1999 (the Public Service Act), particularly in relation to reasonable notice on resignation, the sanctions to apply should reasonable notice not be given, and the withdrawal of a notice of resignation.
Circular 2002/2: Amendments to the Public Service Commissioner’s Directions on the engagement of persons who have received a redundancy benefit from Commonwealth employment
This circular advises of changes to the Public Service Commissioner’s Directions dealing with the engagement of persons who have received a redundancy benefit from Commonwealth employment.
Circular 2002/3: Temporary movement provisions - Amendment to advice on movement of ongoing employees
This circular advises of changes to the information concerning the temporary movement of ongoing employees which was contained in Advice Number 6 Staffing Actions: Ongoing Employees issued in November 1999
This circular advises of the work being undertaken by the Management Advisory Committee in order to understand and meet the challenge of building organisational capability and to correct press reports suggesting an inquiry is being conducted into the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme
This circular clarifies the position in relation to a sanction of reduction in salary for a specified period
The Commission has released booklets on outsourcing and delegations
The Commission has released a booklet on performance management
Circular 2002/8: Expiry of transitional mobility arrangements for employees formerly covered by Part IV of the Public Service Act 1922
This circular is to remind APS agencies, and non-APS Commonwealth authorities and their affected employees that the transitional mobility arrangements applying to persons formerly covered by the mobility provisions in Division 2 or 3 of Part IV of the Public Service Act 1922 expire on 4 December 2002
The Commission has released a booklet on termination of employment
This circular advises of the amendment to the Public Service Regulations regarding the satisfaction of judgment debts
This circular advises on a decision in terms of the use of non-ongoing employment and the application of the merit Value; the need to ensure that the circumstances leading to that decision do not recur and the power of the Commissioner to waive the requirement for filling an ongoing employment opportunity
Circular No 2002/12: Amendments to the Public Service Regulations regarding the movement of ongoing employees from one agency to another
This circular advises of amendments to the Public Service Regulations governing the ongoing and temporary movement of ongoing employees between agencies
This circular advises of changes to the delivery of redeployment and career advice services provided by the Commission
This circular advises of the delegation to Agency Heads of the power to make payments under section 73 of the Public Service Act 1999 and to inform agencies in respect of the appropriation from which such payments may be made
This circular advises of an amendment made to the Public Service Commissioner's Directions 1999 and the circumstances in which the Commissioner will consider applications for the use of the Direction to authorise the engagement of a non-ongoing employee as an ongoing employee
This circular provides advice relevant to the cancellation of an employment decision made under section 22 (engagement of an APS employee), section 25 (assignment of duties) or section 26 (voluntary moves between agencies) of the Public Service Act 1999 (PS Act) before it takes effect.
This circular provides an overview of the New Apprenticeship program and information for agencies on how it might be used in the APS
Circular 2003/5: Amendment to the Public Service Commissioner's Directions on the engagement of persons who have received a redundancy benefit from Commonwealth employment
This circular advises of changes to the Public Service Commissioner's Directions 1999 dealing with the engagement in the APS of persons who have received a redundancy benefit from the Commonwealth.
The Commission has released a booklet on Probation
Circular 2003/7: Impact of amendments to the Workplace Relations Act 1996 on probation and termination of employment in the APS
This circular advises agencies that the Workplace Relations Amendment (Fair Termination) Act 2003 has received Royal Assent and is expected to come into effect on 27 November 2003; and that the Commission's booklets on probation and termination of employment are being reviewed in light of the new legislation
This circular provides advice on the temporary assignment of staff within an agency in accordance with section 25 of the Public Service Act 1999 and the temporary movement of staff between agencies in accordance with sections 25 and 26 of the PS Act, which will also involve a temporary assignment of duties.
Circular 2004/1 - Amendments to the Public Service Regulations 1999 and to the Public Service Commissioner's Directions 1999-(A) mobility between the Australian Public Service and the Parliamentary Service and (B) judgement debts
This circular advises agencies of changes to the Public Service Regulations 1999 and to the Public Service Commissioner's Directions 1999 dealing with the mobility arrangements between the APS and the Parliamentary Service
The circular arises from recent changes to Australian citizenship requirements
Circular 2004/3: Amendments to the Public Service Regulations 1999 and the Public Service Commissioner's Directions 1999 — Election candidates and other technical amendments
This circular advises agencies of a number of changes that have been made to the Public Service Regulations 1999 and the Public Service Commissioner's Directions 1999
This circular advises agencies on the provisions of section 73 of the Public Service Act 1999 in relation to the making of special payments and new reporting requirements relating to section 73 payments
This circular is concerned with the movement of employees between APS agencies as a result of administrative re-arrangement under s.72(1)(a) of the PS Act.
Circular No 2004/6: Amounts to be included in payment in lieu of Notice of termination of employment
This circular confirms previous advice given to agencies in APS Commission circulars 1998/1 and 2000/1 on the amounts that should be included when calculating payment in lieu of notice on termination of employment
This circular advises of an amendment to the Public Service Regulations 1999, concerning the disclosure of information.
Circular 2004/9: Electronic publication of two Commission advices - Conditions of engagement and Ongoing employment
This circular advises agencies that the two publications are now available on the Commission's website
This circular advises agencies that the revised APS Employment Database (APSED) manual is now available on the Commission's website
Circular No 2005/3: Disallowance of amendments to the Public Service Regulations 1999 - Regulation 2.1
This circular advises that on 16 June 2005 the Senate disallowed amendments to the Public Service Regulations 1999, concerning the disclosure of information
This circular advises agencies that the publications on Conditions of Engagement and Ongoing Employment are now available in hardcopy
This circular is to advise of changes to the Australian Public Service Commission’s publication Conditions of engagement.
This circular provides advice on the amendment to the Public Service Regulations 1999 concerning the disclosure of information
This circular provides additional advice to agencies in respect of staff selection exercises
Circular 2006/5: Engagement of persons who have received a redundancy benefit from Commonwealth employment – Impact of Telstra (3) sale
This circular updates our advice on the eligibility for employment in the Australian Public Service of ex-Telstra employees who receive a redundancy benefit on termination of their employment after the Telstra (3) sale
Circular 2006/6: Use of special measures to fill employment opportunities for people with intellectual disability
This circular outlines the measures that can be used by agencies in recruitment exercises to increase the representation of people with disability in the APS
This circular explains and enhance APS-wide policy on the management of possible conflicts of interest and other probity issues when employees leave the APS to take up employment in fields that are aligned to their APS responsibilities
This circular announces changes to the presentation of the Australian Public Service Gazette with the release of the APSjobs website
Circular 2008/1: Amendments to the Public Service Commissioner's Directions 1999 — Engagement of non-ongoing Senior Executive Service employees
The purpose of this circular is to advise agencies of a change that has been made to the Public Service Commissioner's Directions 1999
The www.APSjobs.gov.au website now has a number of new features and enhancements.
This circular advises that a revised edition of Handling Misconduct – a human resources practitioner’s guide to the reporting and handling of suspected and determined breaches of the APS Code of Conduct is now available
The purpose of this circular is to provide a set of interim protocols to agencies that are using or planning to use online media, including blogs, as a means of communication with clients and stakeholders
Circular 2008/9: Amendments to the Public Service Commissioner's Directions - Engagement of redundancy benefit recipients
This circular advises of an amendment to the provisions of the Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 1999 dealing with the engagement of redundancy benefit recipients.
This circular advises that a revised edition of the policy and guidelines Merit and Transparency: Merit-based selection of APS agency heads and APS statutory office holders is available
The provisions relating to the subsequent employment of a redundancy benefit recipient in the APS have been amended
This circular reminds agencies of the responsibilities and rights of employees in relation to the disclosure of official information, particularly when dealing with non-Government members of the Parliament
This circular advises of guidance for employees participating in online media
This Advice is to remind APS agencies of the requirements of the Executive Vehicle Scheme and to update the associated Guidelines
The purpose of this advice is to inform Australian Public Service (APS) agencies of an update to the Executive Vehicle Scheme (EVS) Guidelines
The Public Service Regulations 1999 have been amended to change the time limits for applications for review of action by APS employees
Circular 2010/4 provide APS agencies with updated information originally published in Circular 2006/1 about the Special Measures provision for recruiting Indigenous staff; and the Identified Positions/Criteria provision for recruiting staff with specialist knowledge and understanding for roles with a strong involvement in work relating to Indigenous Australians and/or communities.
Circular 2011/4: Electronic publication of the APS Employment Database Specifications Manual (Version 4.1)
The circular advises of a minor revision to the APS Employment Database (APSED) Specifications manual
Assists APS managers and employees with their understanding of disability in the workplace.
It provides a resource for all agencies to use in monitoring their corporate health and, in particular, to detect signs of failing health.
Copies of earlier reports are available from our Print on demand page.
APS Bargaining Framework (2011)
The APS Bargaining Framework sets out Australian Government policy as it applies to workplace relations arrangements in APS agencies in respect of their APS employees. (includes links to the Australian Government employment bargaining framework)
The Strategy delivers a range of programs to improve recruitment, retention and career development outcomes for Indigenous employees in the APS
The profile provides an overview of the Australian government and public administration framework. While the principle focus is on the Commonwealth experience, this has been complemented by contributions from state and territory experience.
This report outlines an appropriate framework to guide departments and agencies through this transformation and into the next stage of delivering better government.
Building better governance - Contemporary government challenges
This publication looks at governance, why it is important and developing better governance
Challenges of evidence-based policy-making - Contemporary government challenges
This publication deals with the challenge of putting ‘evidence-based policy-making’ into practice
Changing behaviour: A public policy perspective - Contemporary government challenges
This publication deals with the challenge of how democratic governments can most effectively influence the behaviour of their citizens.
Connecting Government - Whole of government responses to Australia's priority challenges - MAC report
Examines the many different and sometimes competing imperatives that contribute to successful whole of government work.
These pages provide quite detailed and technical information about the delegation of powers and functions under the PS Act and subordinate legislation—the Public Service Regulations 1999, the Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2013 and the Public Service Classification Rules 2000.
Delivering performance and accountability - Contemporary government challenges
A contemporary challenge for the APS is to improve accountability but in a manner that does not constrain our ability to provide advice and services in an innovative and agile way.
Employment of people with a disability - MAC report.
The Management Advisory Committee agreed to eight objectives for promoting the employment of people with disability and identified strategies for meeting those objectives.
Empowering change - Fostering change in the APS - MAC report
This dedicated review of innovation will help to create a solid foundation for tackling not only the challenges of today, but those that are yet to arise
This booklet contains a detailed discussion of elements of the succession planning process and provides some practical tools for use by agencies
A practical guide to assist in developing effective approaches to evaluating learning and development initiatives.
The policy sets out arrangements for the management of executive remuneration, including an approval process for remuneration proposals above a notional amount.
Supporting employees with genuine illness and caring responsibilities underpins the APS as a model employer. However, absenteeism is a significant issue that has the potential to reduce productivity and damage the credibility of the APS.
A guide to governance in the APS.
A narrative of the changes to the Australian Public Service brought about by the 1902, 1922 and 1999 Public Service Acts.
This publication has been designed to provide practical guidance to help agencies implement machinery of government changes
This guide was developed to help managers build their people management skills. It identifies steps and approaches to build the productivity and effectiveness of people.
Managing and sustaining the APS workforce - MAC report
In the APS we are experiencing shortages for some skills and will face increasing competition for others. We need to be well positioned to succeed in the 'war for talent'. This report sets out the issues and suggests a range of actions that will help public service agencies to respond
This paper introduces the concept of succession management and identifies principles for effectiveness in succession management
Indigenous APS employees talk about working for the Australian Public Service
We all have an obligation to ensure that key decisions and events are recorded and can easily be retrieved when needed.
This booklet provides general advice on non-SES, ongoing recruitment and selection issues
Organisational renewal - MAC report
This report outlines the findings of a MAC project on organisational renewal and the challenge of building ongoing capability within the APS workforce
Performance management - MAC report
This report provides an outline of performance management in the APS, a model of environmental factors shaping performance management systems, key elements of good practice and implementation of performance management in the public sector and a checklist for design and review
Policy implementation through devolved government - Contemporary government challenges
This paper looks at the challenges in ensuring successful devolved government arrangements and the skills, leadership and capability required to meet them.
This document draws out a range of key recruitment metrics into an easy–to–use format for agencies
Reducing red tape in the APS - MAC report
This report sets out a framework to help drive that change in the APS’s thinking and approach to administrative process.
Smarter policy: choosing policy instruments and working with others to influence behaviour - Contemporary government challenges
This publication deals with designing policy that effectively achieves the Government’s goals in an environment of increasing complexity and interconnectedness.
State of the Service reports
Copies of earlier reports are available from our Print on demand page.
Copies of earlier Bulletins are available from our Print on demand page.
The guide examines principles associated with establishing the roles and responsibilities that define interactions between public servants and Ministers and advisers
Tackling wicked problems: a public policy perspective - Contemporary government challenges
Many of the most pressing policy challenges for the APS involve dealing with very complex or 'wicked' problems.
This guide provides APS agencies with information on issues relating to the termination of employment of APS employees
Turned Up and Tuned In has been developed as a practical resource for managers. It is designed to complement your agency’s policies and procedures.
To assist in achieving effective outcomes from work carried out jointly by agencies, all Secretaries have agreed to the attached guidance.
Designed to assist agencies meet their legal obligation to develop a Workplace Diversity Program and to help them embed the principles of workplace diversity in their culture and their management systems.
Speeches and presentations
Lynelle Briggs, Australian Public Service Commissioner
Dennis Trewin, Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics - Valedictory speech
Andrew Podger, Australian Public Service Commissioner
Beyond Westminster : Defining an Australian approach to the roles and values of the public service in the 21st Century
Andrew Podger, Australian Public Service Commissioner