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Australian Public Service Commission

The Australian Public Service Commission is a statutory agency of the Australian Government that acts to ensure future capability and sustainability within the approximately 160,000 people (or 0.8 per cent of the Australian workforce)[4] that comprise the Australian Public Service.

Australian Public Service Commission
Statutory agency overview
Preceding Statutory agency
  • Public Service Merit Protection Commission
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersParkes, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Employees237 (at June 2016)[1]
Annual budgetA$23 million (2008–2009)
Minister responsible
Statutory agency executives
  • Peter Woolcott, Australian Public Service Commissioner
  • Linda Waugh, Merit Protection Commissioner
Parent Statutory agencyDepartment of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Key document

The Commission was established pursuant to the Public Service Act, 1999 (Cth) and is led by the Australian Public Service Commissioner, currently Peter Woolcott AO and the Merit Protection Commissioner, currently Linda Waugh. Both Commissioners work closely with the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, currently Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann, to achieve the Government's objectives.

The parent department of the Commission is the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.


The vision of the Commission is to lead and shape a unified and high-performing Australian Public Service (APS). The Commission is responsible for providing advice to the Government on the APS; providing advice on strategic people management; supporting the implementation of Government policy; contributing to effective APS leadership and evaluating and reporting on the performance of the APS.[5]

To this end, the Commission performs the following functions:[3]

  • evaluates the extent to which agencies incorporate and uphold the values of the APS
  • evaluates the adequacy of systems and procedures in agencies for ensuring compliance with the APS Code of Conduct
  • promotes the APS Values and Code of Conduct
  • develops, promotes, reviews and evaluates APS employment policies and practices
  • facilitates continuous improvement in people management throughout the APS
  • coordinates and supports APS-wide training and career development
  • contributes to and fosters leadership in the APS
  • provides advice and assistance on public service matters to agencies on request
  • provides independent external review of actions by the Merit Protection Commissioner.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ APS Statistical Bulletin 2015-2016 (Report). Australian Public Service Commission. September 2016.
  2. ^ "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b "About the Commission". Australian Public Service Commission. Government of Australia. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ Whelan, James (August 2011). "The State of the Australian Public Service - An alternative report" (PDF). Centre for Policy Development. p. 13. ISSN 1835-0135. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Australian Public Service Commission". People: public servants. Government of Australia. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.

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