The legislative framework for the APS
Public Service Act 1999 and subordinate legislation
The principle Act governing the operation of the Australian Public Service is the:
The Act is supported by the following subordinate legislation:
- Public Service Regulations 1999. These Regulations include provisions relating to the functions of the Australian Public Service Commissioner and the Merit Protection Commissioner (MPC); the employer powers of Agency Heads; non-ongoing (temporary) employment arrangements; and use and disclosure of personal information.
- Public Service Classification Rules 2000. These Rules provide an APS wide approach to the classification of duties (jobs) and employees in the APS with work value as the underlying basis.
- Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions. These Directions include provisions relating to the APS Values; recruitment and selection; performance management; handling of suspected Code of Conduct breaches; and other employment matters.
Other relevant legislation
- Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1976
- Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Regulations 1957
- Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1973
- Maternity Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Regulations 1982
- Fair Work Act 2009
- Work Health and Safety Act 2011
- Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
- Various discrimination legislation is available at the Australian Human Rights Commission
- Australian Public Service Award 2015
Prime Minister's Directions
The Prime Minister has the power, under section 21 of the Public Service Act 1999, to issue general directions in writing to agency heads in relation to the management and leadership of APS employees. At October 2018, there are no current Prime Minister's Directions.
Find more information at Workplace relations. This webpage includes information on the Commonwealth bargaining policy and award modernisation. It also has links to APS remuneration reports and the Australian Public Service Commission's allowance subscription service.