In January 2013, Ms Annwyn Godwin was reappointed as Merit Protection Commissioner for a second five-year term.
The Merit Protection Commissioner is responsible for:
- independent and impartial review of actions, merit-based recruitment services, Australian Public Service (APS) whistleblowing inquiries and a range of fee-for-service activities
- contributing to high standards of public administration by ensuring effective application of the APS Values in employment decisions about individuals, and improving the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of agency employment-related decision-making.
The report is divided into five parts—a focus on the year’s activities, a summary of outcomes for the year, the outlook for 2013–14, a review of performance and the governance arrangements applying to the role of the Merit Protection Commissioner. The report also includes a sample of case studies highlighting issues raised in review cases finalised in 2012–13.