During 2013–14, I again assisted the Commissioner in supporting international reform, including representing the Commissioner at the Pacific Public Service Commissioners' Conference as an observer. This was a transitional year when responsibility for the conference passed from the Commission to the Pacific Institute and Centre for Public Administration located in Fiji. I also met officials when they visited Canberra in May 2014. The theme for the conference, held in Samoa in September 2013, was ‘Public service role in social, economic, cultural and institutional change within the Pacific’.
I also supported this forum through participation in two working groups. The Terms of Reference group has an emphasis on the future focus of the conference and governance arrangements. A second working group has been established to develop a report on the state of public services in Pacific nations.
In 2013–14, I met international delegations from Bangladesh and Ghana to discuss my functions and the review of action scheme and, on behalf of the Commissioner, the APS Values and APS-wide legislation.
I also contributed to the Commission's work with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, briefing the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner on matters of relevance to the review framework.