This page lists archived APSC publications, media releases and circulars in alphabetical order. Please use the filtering menu below to select which archive you would like to review, and then use the lettering system to jump ahead to a particular section of the listing.
Ability at work: Tapping the talent of people with disability
Assists APS managers and employees with their understanding of disability in the workplace. A summary guide for senior managers is also available.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander APS Employees census report
The Commission conducted a census of Indigenous APS employees to ask them about their experience as employees in the APS, and about what is and is not working well for them.
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.
ANZSOG Executive Master in Public Administration course: The context and challenges of policy advising
Please note: This document is for reference purposes only and is no longer considered by the APS Commission to be current.
It may contain good practice advice and/or advice on the transitional arrangements between the 1922 and 1999 Public Service Acts.
Managing the interface with ministers and the Parliament
APS Leadership and core skills strategy 2012-13
This 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
APS Values and Code of Conduct in practice: A guide to official conduct for APS employees and agency heads
This guide assists APS employees to understand the practical application of the APS ethics framework—the Values and Code of Conduct—in both common and unusual circumstances.
Australian Public Service Bargaining Framework
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)
Better, Faster: streamlining recruitment in the APS
The approach described in this booklet can be used for individual or bulk recruitment processes to accurately analyse, diagnose, define and implement meaningful enhancements to recruitment in any agency—large or small
Building an Indigenous Employment Strategy kit
The kit was developed to assist in the development of Indigenous Employment Strategies across the APS.
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. The legal effect of a failure to return to duty is also covered in this circular.
Circular 2005/5 - Amendments to the Prime Minister's Public Service Directions 1999 – Leave without pay
This circular advises of an amendment to the arrangements set out in the Prime Minister’s Public Service Directions 1999 dealing with mandatory leave without pay for APS employees to take up a full time statutory appointment.
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 2006/7: Planning for influenza pandemic issues – APS employment issues
This circular provides information to agencies on the range of powers available to them under the Public Service Act 1999 which may be of assistance in preparing for and responding to possible scenarios arising in the lead up to and during an influenza pandemic.
Circular 2007/1: Declarations of personal interests: Revised policy guidelines
This circular advises of changes to APS-wide policy on the requirement for some APS employees to submit written declarations of their financial and other personal interests.
Circular 2007/2: The Privacy Act and employee information concerning Code of Conduct matters
This circular clarifies the circumstances in which information can be provided concerning Code of Conduct matters when APS employees move from one APS agency to another.
Circular 2007/3: Post Separation Employment: Policy Guidelines
The purpose of this circular is to explain 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 2007/5: Guidelines on the involvement of public servants in public information and awareness initiatives
These guidelines to set out the ethical issues that need to be taken into consideration when public servants, including agency heads, become involved, in helping to explain and implement Government policies and programmes
Circular 2007/5: Involvement of public servants in public information and awareness initiatives
This circular provides policy guidelines on the participation of public servants in public information and awareness initiatives.
Circular 2008/4: Requirements relating to the Lobbying Code of Conduct and post separation contact with Government
This circular sets out new policies for public servants in relation to contacts with professional lobbyists and post-separation employment as lobbyists.
Circular 2008/7: Code of Conduct for Ministerial Staff
This circular provides information on the Code of Conduct for Ministerial Staff tabled in the Senate by the Special Minister of State, Senator Faulkner, on 26 June 2008.
Circular 2009/1: Revised edition of Merit and transparency policy and guidelines
The purpose of this circular is to advise agencies 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 now available.
Circular 2009/3 - Reintegration of statutory office holders into the APS
Amendments have been made to the Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 1999 dealing with where a person resumes duties as an ongoing APS employee following a period as a statutory office holder in an APS agency.
Circular 2009/6: Protocols for online media participation (social media)
The purpose of this circular is to advise agencies of new guidance for APS employees participating in online media that encourages involvement in robust policy conversations in a professional and respectful manner
Circular 2010/1: Engagement of redundancy benefit recipients
Clauses 4.4 and 4.4A of the Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 1999 (the Directions) set out certain restrictions on the employment in the Australian Public Service (APS) of persons who have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency or from the Australian Parliamentary Service.
Circular 2010/2: Engagement of people with disability through disability employment service providers
In 2008-09 only 3% of Australian Public Service (APS) employees self-identified as having a disability, this figure having decreased from 4.9% in 1999. Improving the recruitment and retention of people with disability is a continuing priority for the APS.
Circular 2010/4: Revision of Special Measures and Identified Positions/Criteria provisions
The purpose of Circular 2010/4 is to provide APS agencies with updated information originally published in Circular 2006/1 about the: Special Measures provision for recruiting Indigenous staff; and 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 2011/1: Introduction of the Australian Public Service Bargaining Framework
This circular informs APS agencies of the introduction of the APS Bargaining Framework which takes effect as of 31 January 2011
Circular 2011/3: Additional Advice to Agencies on Facilitating Access to Employee Representatives
The purpose of this Circular is to provide additional advice in response to frequently asked questions from APS agencies
Circular 2012/1: Revisions to the Commission's guidance on making public comment and participating online (social media)
This circular is to advise agencies of revised guidance on making public comment and participating online; and
that the guidance set out in Circular 2009/6 is no longer current.
Circular 2013/02: Passage of the Public Service Amendment Bill
The purpose of this circular is to inform Australian Public Service (APS) agencies of the passage of the Public Service Amendment Bill 2012 (the Bill) was passed by the Parliament on 7 February 2013 and to advise on next steps.
Circular 2013/03: Proclamation of Commencement Date for the Public Service Amendment Act
This circular informs APS agencies that the Governor-General has fixed 1 July 2013 as the day on which Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Public Service Amendment Act 2013 commence.
Circular 2013/05: Public Service Amendment Regulation 2013 (No. 2)
This circular informs APS agencies of additional minor changes to the Public Service Regulations 1999 to come into effect on 1 July 2013.
Circular 2013/06: Amendments to the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2013
This circular advises agencies of amendments that have been made to the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2013
Circular 2013/08: APS whistleblowing scheme and public interest disclosures
This circular advises agencies about the effect of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 on the APS whistleblowing scheme.
Circular 2014/2 - Amendments to the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct
This circular is to advise agencies of amendments to the Australian Public Service (APS) Code of Conduct (the Code) that will come into effect on 1 July 2014.
Citizenship in the APS
This document provides guidance on imposing citizenship as a condition of engagement and on waiving the citizenship requirement to engage non-Australian citizens as APS employees. It also provides some information about migration and citizenship legislation that must be observed by employers generally. It sets out the basic obligations that arise out of the Public Service Act 1999, as well as requirements that are the responsibility of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Attorney-General’s Department.
Commission Advice 2013/03: Legislative changes to matters relating to SES employment
This Advice informs agencies of changes to the Act and the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions which relate to Senior Executive Service employment matters.
Commission Advice 2013/04: The new APS Values and Employment Principles. Changes to the Code of Conduct.
This Advice informs agencies of the new APS Values and Employment Principles, and changes to the Code of Conduct.
Commission Advice 2013/05: Australian Public Service Commissioner’s functions (including appointment of Special Commissioners)
This Advice provides information on the functions of the Australian Public Service Commissioner (the Commissioner) as a result of amendments to the Act.
Commission Advice 2013/06: Merit Protection Commissioner’s functions
The PS Act has been amended to provide for the Merit Protection Commissioner, at the request of the agency head and with the agreement of the affected employee or former employee, to determine whether an APS employee or former employee has breached the APS Code of Conduct
Commission Advice 2013/07: Legislative changes to procedures for handling misconduct
This Advice informs agencies of amendments to subsection 15(3) of the Act concerning procedures for determining whether a breach of the Code of Conduct has occurred and the sanction (if any) imposed as a consequence
Commission Advice 2013/08: Legislative changes affecting whistleblowing in the APS
This Advice informs agencies of changes to the whistleblowing framework in the Act and the Public Service Regulations 1999 and the action that agencies will need to take to implement the changes
Commission Advice 2013/09: Legislative changes to recruitment and selection
This Advice provides information on changes relating to recruitment and selection
Commission Advice 2013/10: Independent Selection Advisory Committees (ISACs)
This Advice provides agencies with information on the changes to the Regulations impacting on the operation of Independent Selection Advisory Committees.
Commission Advice 2013/11: Performance management
This Advice informs agencies about the new APS Employment Principle in the Act requiring effective performance from each APS employee and changes to the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2013 relating to performance management.
Commission Advice 2013/12: Legislative changes affecting diversity in the APS
This Advice informs agencies of changes to the Act relating to workplace diversity and the actions agencies need to take to implement the changes
Commission Advice 2013/13: Review of actions
This Advice provides agencies with information on amendments to the Public Service Regulations 1999 (the Regulations) that impact on the review of actions scheme and handling by agency heads and the Merit Protection Commissioner.
Commission Advice 2013/16: Other employment matters
This Advice provides information on changes relating to medical examinations, transfers of certain matters following a machinery of government change, special payments, termination of employment of non-ongoing APS employees and leave without pay to take up employment under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 or the Governor-General Act 1974.
Conditions of engagement
This document provides guidance on conditions of engagement including formal qualifications and security, character and health clearances.
Executive Remuneration Management Policy
The APS Executive Remuneration Management 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.
This good practice guide has been developed to assist human resource practitioners in agencies to review and improve their guidance material and procedures for reporting and dealing with suspected breaches of the Code.
Implementing Machinery of Government Changes
This publication has been designed to provide practical guidance to help agencies implement machinery of government changes
Indigenous employment strategy 2012-16
The APS Indigenous Employment Strategy consists of a range of strategies to support and enhance APS agencies’ Indigenous employment strategies.
Managing redeployment agency guidelines
This document provides supporting guidance and a step-by-step approach designed to assist corporate areas of APS agencies to implement the policy. It aims to clearly identify the legislative and industrial framework within which the policy operates and how the new processes interact with existing recruitment and excess staff arrangements.
More than a job: Indigenous Australian Public Service careers
Indigenous APS employees talk about their experiences in the APS.
Multicultural plan 2013-15
Consistent with the APS Values and Employment Principles, our vision for multicultural access and equity is to ensure that all APS employees (including prospective employees) and other stakeholders have access to advice, education, information and services to meet their needs.
One APS - One SES
Statement by the Management Advisory Committee of commitment to a single SES across a single, devolved APS.
Respect: promoting a culture free from harassment and bullying in the APS
This guide is intended to provide our people with support and strategies to develop a culture of respect.
Respect: summary guide
This guide is intended to provide our people with support and strategies to develop a culture of respect.
Role of the Public Service Commissioner’s representative in Senior Executive Service selection exercises
This page briefly outlines the role of the Public Service Commissioner’s representative in selection exercises for Senior Executive Service duties
Senior Executive Leadership Capability framework
The Framework identifies the five core criteria for high performance by senior executives. Each of the criteria heads a group of inter-related capabilities.
Senior Executive Service 25th anniversary
The 25th anniversary of the creation of the SES provides an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements made during this time, and to focus on the challenges ahead
Tackling wicked problems : A public policy perspective
Many of the most pressing policy challenges for the APS involve dealing with very complex problems. These problems share a range of characteristics—they go beyond the capacity of any one organisation to understand and respond to, and there is often disagreement about the causes of the problems and the best way to tackle them. These complex policy problems are sometimes called ‘wicked’ problems.
Terminating APS employment: The legislative framework
This guide provides APS agencies with information on issues relating to the termination of employment of APS employees
Tips and Traps in Selecting External Investigators
The objective of the guide is to assist agencies in managing investigations in a way that will produce a good quality outcome and represents value for money for the agency.
Turned up - 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.
Whole-of-government ICT strategic workforce plan 2010-2013
The whole-of-government strategic ICT Workforce Plan provides a high level overview of the issues affecting the ICT workforce and strategies to address the future human capital needs of ICT employment in the APS
WR 2009/10: Fair Work information statement
This advice is to inform Australian Government employers of their obligations in relation to the Fair Work Information Statement (FWIS).
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 2009/2: Transition to the Fair Work Act 2009
This advice is to inform agencies and authorities of transitional arrangements in the lead up to the commencement of the Fair Work Act 2009 on 1 July 2009
WR 2009/3: Revisions to the Australian Government Employment Bargaining Framework and supporting guidance
The purpose of this advice is to inform APS agencies and non-APS Commonwealth authorities who are subject to the Australian Government Employment Bargaining Framework of revisions which take effect as of 1 September 2009
WR 2009/6: Termination of individual agreement-based transitional instruments (Australian Workplace Agreements)
The purpose of this Advice is to provide agencies and authorities with information about the termination and conditional termination of Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs); and
parties to an AWA with forms/templates they may wish to use when terminating an AWA.
WR 2009/8: Executive Vehicle Scheme
The purpose of this advice is to inform APS agencies of an update to the Executive Vehicle Scheme guidelines
WR 2009/9: Interaction between retention or redeployment periods and the National Employment Standards
The purpose of this Advice is to inform agencies and authorities of amendments to the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2009.
WR 2010/2: Natural disaster warnings and agency leave arrangements
The purpose of this advice is to ensure a consistent approach across Australian Government employment for leave arrangements where an official warning or alert has been issued regarding a ‘catastrophic’ or ‘code red’ bushfire emergency, or other serious natural disaster