As part of the Australian Government’s APS reform agenda, Delivering for Australians, the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) is commencing a review of SES and non‑SES classification levels against best practice and emerging workforce needs from early 2021. This is in line with key actions addressed in the APS Workforce Strategy.
The APS Hierarchy and Classification review will address the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service recommendation to streamline management and adopt best-practice ways of working to reduce hierarchy, improve decision-making, and bring the right APS expertise and resources (Recommendation 32).
The Review will explore opportunities to:
Streamline decision-making structures, providing flexibility to respond to changes including new ways of working.
Promote a culture of delegations and decision-making being made at the lowest level possible.
Ensure spans of control reflect the type of work being managed and jobs are classified according to work level.
Simplify and clarify workforce management guidelines.
An independent panel has been appointed to oversee the Review, bringing a wealth of experience and understanding of the APS operating environment. The panel is comprised of Dr Heather Smith PSM, Ms Kathryn Fagg AO FTSE and Mr Finn Pratt AO PSM. You can read more on the Terms of Reference page.
This panel will support the Commission’s project team to carry out strategic engagement and to draw on domestic and international learnings – including lessons from the APS’s role in supporting the Government’s response to, and recovery from, COVID-19.