Amendment to the Public Sector Workplace Relations Policy 2020
The purpose of this Circular is to notify Australian Public Service (APS) agencies and other Commonwealth employers of an amendment to the Public Sector Workplace Relations Policy 2020 (the Policy), as determined by the Minister for the Public Service on 8 April 2022.
The amendment will, from this point forward, be a point of assessment in the APSC’s consideration of new enterprise agreements for compliance against the Policy.
Requirement to not allow substitution of the certain public holidays
It is an expectation of Government that the Australia Day, Anzac Day and Queen’s Birthday public holidays (as observed in each State and Territory) are not able to be substituted for another day where sought by APS and other Commonwealth employees, and must be recognised on those observed days only.
This requirement has been incorporated into the Policy at clause 44.
All APS agencies, non-APS Australian Government entities and Members of Parliament Staff are required to implement this amendment in respect of making new enterprise agreements.
This amendment to the Policy does not impact the arrangements governing the substitution of any public holiday as provided for under an Agency’s current enterprise agreement. Existing arrangements will continue to apply until a new enterprise agreement is due to be made, in accordance with the requirements of the Policy.
Further information and advice
The APSC will work with Agencies on drafting relevant clauses for enterprise agreements as necessary.
Should you require any further information or assistance on this matter, please contact your APSC Relationship Manager or contact the email@example.com mailbox.