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Our archived publications page lists documents that are not current but may be used for reference purposes.

We cannot guarantee the material is complete, correct, up to date, or relevant for your purposes. These documents should not be relied on as a substitute for detailed advice as a basis for making decisions. In any important matter you should seek professional advice relevant to your particular circumstances.

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Circulars

Circular 2000/4: Resignation and failure to return to duty

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


Circular 2002/4: Management Advisory Committee: Project on building organisational capabilities

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


Circular 2002/5: Breaches of the Code of Conduct - reduction in salary for a specified period

This circular clarifies the position in relation to a sanction of reduction in salary for a specified period


Circular 2002/6: Release of new booklets

The Commission has released booklets on outsourcing and delegations


Circular 2002/7: Release of new booklet

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


Circular 2002/9 : Release of new booklet - Termination of employment

The Commission has released a booklet on termination of employment


Circular 2002/10: Attachment of salaries to satisfy a judgment debt

This circular advises of the amendment to the Public Service Regulations regarding the satisfaction of judgment debts


Circular 2002/11: Engagement of ongoing and non-ongoing APS employees

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


Circular No 2002/13: Changes to the delivery of redeployment and career advice services

This circular advises of changes to the delivery of redeployment and career advice services provided by the Commission


Circular 2003/1: Payments in special circumstances - Section 73 of the Public Service Act 1999

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


Circular 2003/2: Engagement of ongoing and non-ongoing employees

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


Circular 2003/3: Cancellation of Section 26 agreements

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.


Circular 2003/4: New Apprenticeships

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.


Circular 2003/6 - Probation

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


Circular 2003/8: Temporary assignments and temporary movements of staff

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


Circular 2004/2: Citizenship provisions relating to employment in the Australian Public 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


Circular 2004/4: Payments in special circumstances under section 73 of the Public Service Act 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


Circular 2004/5: Administrative re-arrangements

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


Circular No 2004/8: Amendment to the Public Service Regulations 1999

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


Circular 2005/1: Electronic publication of the APS Employment Database Manual

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


Circular No 2005/4: Commission publications

This circular advises agencies that the publications on Conditions of Engagement and Ongoing Employment are now available in hardcopy


Circular 2006/2 - Citizenship requirements for engagement in the Australian Public Service

This circular is to advise of changes to the Australian Public Service Commission’s publication Conditions of engagement.


Circular 2006/3: Amendment to the Public Service Regulations 1999

This circular provides advice on the amendment to the Public Service Regulations 1999 concerning the disclosure of information


Circular 2006/4: APS staff selection exercises – Use of external providers

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


Circular 2007/3:  Post separation employment: Policy guidelines

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


Circular 2007/4: APSjobs website and the Australian Public Service Gazette

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


Circular 2008/2: APSjobs website enhancements

The www.APSjobs.gov.au website now has a number of new features and enhancements.


Circular 2008/6: Revised edition of Handling Misconduct publication

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


Circular 2008/8: Interim protocols for online media participation

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.


Circular 2009/1: Revised edition of Merit and transparency policy and guidelines

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


Circular 2009/2: Engagement of redundancy benefit recipients

The provisions relating to the subsequent employment of a redundancy benefit recipient in the APS have been amended


Circular 2009/4: Disclosure of official information

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


Circular 2009/6: Protocols for online media participation

This circular advises of guidance for employees participating in online media


WR 2009/1: Executive Vehicle Scheme

This Advice is to remind APS agencies of the requirements of the Executive Vehicle Scheme and to update the associated Guidelines


WR 2009/8: Executive Vehicle Scheme

The purpose of this advice is to inform Australian Public Service (APS) agencies of an update to the Executive Vehicle Scheme (EVS) Guidelines


Circular 2010/3: Changes to timeframes for lodging review of actions

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:  Revision of Special Measures and Identified Positions/Criteria provisions

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


Publications

Ability at work: Tapping the talent of people with disability

Assists APS managers and employees with their understanding of disability in the workplace.


Agency health - monitoring agency health and improving performance

It provides a resource for all agencies to use in monitoring their corporate health and, in particular, to detect signs of failing health.


Annual reports

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)


APS Indigenous Employment Strategy

The Strategy delivers a range of programs to improve recruitment, retention and career development outcomes for Indigenous employees in the APS


APS Leadership and core skills strategy

The strategy was developed to respond to the changing requirements of the APS and enhance leadership development and core skills learning and development to position the APS to effectively respond to current and emerging challenges


Australian experience of public sector reform

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.


Australian Government use of information and communication technology - MAC report

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.


Delegations under the Public Service Act 1999

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


Ensuring leadership continuity in the APS

This booklet contains a detailed discussion of elements of the succession planning process and provides some practical tools for use by agencies


Evaluating learning: A framework for judging success

A practical guide to assist in developing effective approaches to evaluating learning and development initiatives.


Executive remuneration management policy

The policy sets out arrangements for the management of executive remuneration, including an approval process for remuneration proposals above a notional amount.


Fostering an attendance culture

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.


Foundations of governance

A guide to governance in the APS.


(A) History in three Acts

A narrative of the changes to the Australian Public Service brought about by the 1902, 1922 and 1999 Public Service Acts.


Implementing Machinery of government changes

This publication has been designed to provide practical guidance to help agencies implement machinery of government changes


Leading productive people: A manager's seven steps to success

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


Managing succession in the APS

This paper introduces the concept of succession management and identifies principles for effectiveness in succession management


More than a job

Indigenous APS employees talk about working for the Australian Public Service


Note for file: A report on recordkeeping in the Australian Public Service - MAC report

We all have an obligation to ensure that key decisions and events are recorded and can easily be retrieved when needed.


Ongoing employment

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.


Recruitment: Do you measure up?

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.


Statistical Bulletins

Copies of earlier Bulletins are available from our Print on demand page.


Supporting Ministers - upholding the Values

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.


Terminating APS employment : The legislative framework (Jan 2012)

This guide provides APS agencies with information on issues relating to the termination of employment of APS employees


Turned up and Tuned in

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.


Working together: Principles and practices to guide the Australian Public Service - MAC report

To assist in achieving effective outcomes from work carried out jointly by agencies, all Secretaries have agreed to the attached guidance.


Workplace diversity guidelines

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

2007

Context and challenges of policy advising

Lynelle Briggs, Australian Public Service Commissioner


2006

The last count

Dennis Trewin, Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics - Valedictory speech


2004

Managing the interface with ministers and Parliament

Andrew Podger, Australian Public Service Commissioner


2002

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


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