Foreword by the Public Service Commissioner
The APS classification review has been undertaken in response to Recommendation 6.1 of Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration (the Blueprint) which required a review of existing non-SES APS classification arrangements and work level standards to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of APS agencies and employees.
The review was undertaken by members of the APSC Workforce Classification team (Mr Owen Livermore, Ms Brooke Everett, Ms Erin Selmes, Ms Elyse Allan and Ms Louise Hooper). I thank them for their diligent research and analysis, which included considerable consultation with agencies and other interested parties. I would also like to acknowledge the work of the APS classification review Steering Committee and thank the members Ms Penny Weir, Mr Blair Exell, Mr Ian Ewing, Ms Maree Bridger, Ms Carmel McGregor, Ms Jenet Connell, Mr Andrew Stuart, Ms Jacqui Curtis, Ms Jackie Wilson and Mr Geoff Leeper for their advice and able guidance throughout the review process.
In conducting the review, the team tested the current classification system, which began in 1998, against the objectives of the Blueprint; to facilitate the attraction, retention and mobility of employees in support of a united APS.
After considerable analysis, the review has concluded the existing APS classification arrangements remain sound although there is a strong opportunity to improve the application of the classification system within agencies through improved guidance and support. The recommendations in this report seek to achieve this by providing practical tools and processes to better support agencies in making consistent and equitable classification decisions.
Steve Sedgwick AO
Public Service Commissioner