The legislative framework for the APS

Last updated: 01 Dec 2016

This page is: current

The principle Act governing the operation of the Australian Public Service is the Public Service Act 1999.

The Act is supported by the following subordinate legislation:

Other relevant legislation

Legislative requirements specifically in relation to Recruitment, Non-ongoing (temporary) employment and Terminating employment can be found at Management essentials.

Prime Minister's Directions

The Prime Minister has the power, under section 21 of the Public Service Act 1999, to issue general directions in writing to agency heads in relation to the management and leadership of APS employees. There are no current Prime Minister's Directions.

More information

Find more information at Workplace relations.This webpage includes information on the Commonwealth bargaining policy and award modernisation. It also has links to APS remuneration reports and the Australian Public Service Commission's allowance subscription service.