Interaction of Merit Protection Commissioner and Public Service Commissioner roles
The respective responsibilities of the Merit Protection Commissioner and the Public Service Commissioner are established by the PS Act. The two roles are complementary, particularly in relation to maintaining confidence in public administration.
The Commissioner is responsible for upholding high standards of integrity and conduct in the APS. The Commissioner is also responsible for promoting, and evaluating the extent to which agencies incorporate, uphold and comply with, the APS Values, the Employment Principles and the Code of Conduct. The Merit Protection Commissioner, by reviewing individual actions or decisions for consistency with the APS Values and other administrative law requirements, and through reviews of determinations of breaches of the Code and/or sanctions, helps to ensure consistent standards of decision-making and people management practices across the APS and also provides an important assurance role for the APS.
In practice the two Commissioners work closely on systemic matters relating to the APS and independently on their respective review functions.
This report and further information about the Merit Protection Commissioner's role and services are available on the Commission's website.