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Program 1.1—component 1.1.1: APS people and organisational performance (part 14)

Merit protection and other services

The Merit Protection Commissioner’s functions are set out in section 50 of the PS Act. The Merit Protection Commissioner and the Public Service Commissioner have a memorandum of understanding for the provision of staff necessary to assist the Merit Protection Commissioner in performing her statutory functions. As a result, the costs of the office of the Merit Protection Commissioner are included in the Public Service Commissioner’s financial statements.

Support for the Merit Protection Commissioner’s review and fee-for-service functions is provided by staff in the Ethics and Client Engagement groups in the Commission’s Sydney office. The Merit Protection Commissioner’s delegates for her review functions are largely based in the Ethics Group in Canberra, which also provides coordination and policy support for the Merit Protection Commissioner.

A report on the performance of these functions is contained in the Merit Protection Commissioner’s annual report which follows the appendices to this report.

Last reviewed: 
11 May 2018