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PUBLIC SERVICE ACT 1999 - NOTES

No. 147, 1999

Compilation No. 20

Compilation date:   29 December 2018

Includes amendments up to: Act No. 67, 2018

Registered:    21 January 2019

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Public Service Act 1999 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 29 December 2018 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self-repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

 

 

 

Contents

Part 1--Preliminary

1 Short title

2 Commencement

3 Objects of this Act

4 This Act binds the Crown

5 This Act extends to things outside Australia

6 Engagement of employees in Department or Executive Agency

Part 2--Interpretation

7 Interpretation

8 Relationship with Fair Work Acts

Part 3--The Australian Public Service

9 Constitution of the APS

10 APS Values

10A APS Employment Principles

11 Commissioner's Directions about APS Values

11A Commissioner's Directions about employment matters

12 Agency Heads must promote APS Values and APS Employment Principles

13 The APS Code of Conduct

14 Agency Heads and statutory office holders bound by Code of Conduct

15 Breaches of the Code of Conduct

18 Promotion of employment equity

19 Limitation on Ministerial directions to Agency Head

Part 4--APS employees

Division 1--APS employees generally

20 Employer powers etc. of Agency Head

21 Prime Minister's directions to Agency Heads

22 Engagement of APS employees

23 Classification Rules

24 Terms and conditions of employment

25 Assignment of duties

26 Voluntary moves between Agencies

27 Compulsory moves between Agencies

28 Suspension

29 Termination of employment

30 Retirement

31 Forfeiture of additional remuneration

32 Right of return for election candidates

33 Review of actions

Division 2--The Senior Executive Service

34 SES employees

35 Constitution and role of SES

37 Incentive to retire

38 Commissioner's certificate required for termination of SES employment

Division 3--Heads of Mission

39 Heads of Mission

Part 5--The Australian Public Service Commissioner

Division 1--Commissioner's functions etc.

40 Australian Public Service Commissioner

41 Commissioner's functions

41A Inquiry into alleged breach of Code of Conduct by Agency Head

41B Inquiry into alleged breach of Code of Conduct by APS employee or former APS employee

41C Systems reviews

41D Special reviews

42 Commissioner's Directions

43 Commissioner's inquiry powers

44 State of the Service report

Division 2--Commissioner's appointment, conditions etc.

45 Appointment of Commissioner

46 Remuneration and other terms and conditions of appointment

47 Removal from office

48 Acting Commissioner

Division 3--Special Commissioners

48A Appointment of Special Commissioners

48B Remuneration and other terms and conditions of appointment

48C Termination of appointment

Part 6--The Merit Protection Commissioner

Division 1--Merit Protection Commissioner's functions etc.

49 Merit Protection Commissioner

50 Merit Protection Commissioner's functions

50A Inquiry into alleged breach of Code of Conduct by APS employee or former APS employee

51 Annual report

Division 2--Merit Protection Commissioner's appointment, conditions etc.

52 Appointment of Merit Protection Commissioner

53 Remuneration and other terms and conditions of appointment

54 Removal from office

55 Acting Merit Protection Commissioner

Part 7--Secretaries of Departments

56 Creation of offices of Secretary

57 Roles and responsibilities of Secretaries

58 Appointment

59 Termination of appointment

60 Engagement of former Secretaries

61 Remuneration and other terms and conditions of appointment

61A Annual performance review

62 Acting Secretary

Part 8--Secretaries Board

64 Secretaries Board

Part 9--Executive Agencies

65 Establishment etc. of Executive Agencies

66 Responsibilities of Heads of Executive Agencies

67 Appointment etc. of Head

68 Remuneration and other terms and conditions of appointment

69 Acting Head

Part 10--Administrative arrangements and re-organisations

71 Arrangements with States and Territories

72 Machinery of government changes

Part 10A--Protection of information

72A Protection of information--Commissioner's functions etc.

72B Protection of information--Merit Protection Commissioner's functions etc.

72C Giving information or producing documents to Commissioner not admissible in evidence etc.

72D Giving information or producing documents to Merit Protection Commissioner not admissible in evidence etc.

72E Release of personal information

Part 11--Miscellaneous

73 Payments in special circumstances

74 Locally engaged employees

75 Attachment of salaries to satisfy judgment debts

77 Positions

78 Delegations

78A Immunity from civil proceedings

79 Regulations

Endnotes

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

Endnote 3--Legislation history

Endnote 4--Amendment history

 

Endnotes

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1--About the endnotes

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

Endnote 3--Legislation history

Endnote 4--Amendment history

Abbreviation key--Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history--Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation "(md)" added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation "(md not incorp)" is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

 

Endnote 2--Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub-subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev ... ) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub-Ch = Sub-Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3--Legislation history

 

Act

Number and year

Assent

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Public Service Act 1999

147, 1999

11 Nov 1999

5 Dec 1999 (s 2(1) and gaz 1999, No S584)

 

Criminal Code Amendment (Theft, Fraud, Bribery and Related Offences) Act 2000

137, 2000

24 Nov 2000

Sch 2 (items 339, 340, 418, 419): 24 May 2001 (s 2(3))

Sch 2 (items 418, 419)

Statute Law Revision Act 2002

63, 2002

3 July 2002

Sch 1 (items 26, 27): 10 Mar 2000 (s 2(1) item 21)

--

Legislative Instruments (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2003

140, 2003

17 Dec 2003

s 4 and Sch 1 (item 32): 1 Jan 2005 (s 2(1) items 2, 3)

s 4

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2006

30, 2006

6 Apr 2006

Sch 3 (items 35, 36): 7 Apr 2006 (s 2(1) item 6)

--

Australian Trade Commission Legislation Amendment Act 2006

56, 2006

21 June 2006

Sch 3 (item 6): 1 July 2006 (s 2(1) item 7)

--

Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008

8, 2008

20 Mar 2008

Sch 1 (items 276-279): 28 Mar 2008 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Act 2008

90, 2008

20 Sept 2008

Sch 1 (item 62): 20 Mar 2009 (s 2(1) item 3)

--

Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Act 2009

54, 2009

25 June 2009

Sch 16 (items 4-28): 1 July 2009 (s 2(1) item 39)

Sch 16 (item 28)

Acts Interpretation Amendment Act 2011

46, 2011

27 June 2011

Sch 2 (items 953-964) and Sch 3 (items 10, 11): 27 Dec 2011 (s 2(1) items 7, 12)

Sch 3 (items 10, 11)

Remuneration and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2011

75, 2011

25 July 2011

Sch 1 (items 7-10, 12-15): 5 Aug 2011 (s 2(1) item 2)

Sch 1 (items 12-15)

Public Service Amendment Act 2013

2, 2013

14 Feb 2013

Sch 1: 1 July 2013 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Public Interest Disclosure (Consequential Amendments) Act 2013

134, 2013

15 July 2013

Sch 1 (items 22-25) and Sch 2 (items 3, 4): 15 Jan 2014 (s 2(1) items 5, 6)

Sch 2 (items 3, 4)

Statute Law Revision Act (No. 1) 2014

31, 2014

27 May 2014

Sch 1 (item 58): 24 June 2014 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014

62, 2014

30 June 2014

Sch 11 (items 92-97) and Sch 14: 1 July 2014 (s 2(1) item s 6, 14)

Sch 11 (item 96) and Sch 14

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2015

36, 2015

13 Apr 2015

Sch 2 (items 7-9) and Sch 7: 14 Apr 2015 (s 2)

Sch 7

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 486): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (item 495): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2015

126, 2015

10 Sept 2015

Sch 1 (items 497-500): 5 Mar 2016 (s 2(1) item 2)

--

Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2017

92, 2017

23 Aug 2017

Sch 2 (items 83-87) and Sch 4: 23 Aug 2017 (s 2(1) item 1)

Sch 4

National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Act 2018

67, 2018

29 June 2018

Sch 2 (items 29, 30): 29 Dec 2018 (s 2(1) item 3)

--

 

Number and year

FRLI registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

50, 2006

17 Mar 2006 (F2006L00820)

Sch 27: 27 Mar 2006 (r 2(b))

--

 

Endnote 4--Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Part 1

 

s 3.....................

am No 2, 2013

s 6.....................

am No 2, 2013

Part 2

 

s 7.....................

am SLI No 50, 2006; No 8, 2008; No 54, 2009; No  2, 2013; No 62, 2014

s 8.....................

am No 54, 2009

Part 3

 

s 10....................

rs No 2, 2013

s 10A...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 11....................

am No 2, 2013

s 11A...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 12....................

rs No 2, 2013

s 13....................

am No 2, 2013; No 62, 2014

s 14....................

am No 2, 2013

s 15....................

am No 2, 2013

s 16....................

am No 2, 2013

 

rep No 134, 2013

s 17....................

rep No 2, 2013

s 18....................

am No 2, 2013

s 19....................

am No 2, 2013; No 134, 2013

Part 4

 

Division 1

 

s 21....................

am No 2, 2013; No 126, 2015

s 22....................

am No 2, 2013

s 23....................

am SLI No 50, 2006; No 8, 2008; No 54, 2009; No  2, 2013; No 126, 2015

s 24....................

am SLI No 50, 2006; No 8, 2008; No 54, 2009; No  2, 2013; No 126, 2015

s 26....................

am No 2, 2013

s 29....................

am No 54, 2009; No 2, 2013

s 32....................

am No 2, 2013

s 33....................

am No 2, 2013

Division 2

 

s 35....................

am No 2, 2013

s 36....................

rep No 2, 2013

s 37....................

am No 2, 2013

s 38....................

am No 2, 2013

Division 3

 

s 39....................

am No 56, 2006; No 2, 2013

Part 5

 

Part 5 heading.............

rs No 2, 2013

Division 1

 

s 40....................

am No 2, 2013

s 41....................

rs No 2, 2013

 

am No 134, 2013; No 126, 2015

s 41A...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 41B...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 41C...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 41D...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 42....................

am No 140, 2003; No 2, 2013

s 43....................

am No 137, 2000; No 2, 2013

s 44....................

rs No 92, 2017

Division 2

 

s 46....................

rs No 75, 2011

s 48....................

am No 46, 2011

Division 3

 

Division 3................

ad No 2, 2013

s 48A...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 48B...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 48C...................

ad No 2, 2013

Part 6

 

Division 1

 

s 49....................

am No 2, 2013

s 50....................

am No 137, 2000; No 2, 2013; No 134, 2013

s 50A...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 51....................

am No 2, 2013; No 92, 2017

Division 2

 

s 53....................

rs No 75, 2011

s 55....................

am No 46, 2011

Part 7

 

s 57....................

rs No 2, 2013

 

am No 62, 2014

s 58....................

rs No 2, 2013

s 59....................

rs No 2, 2013

s 61....................

rs No 75, 2011

s 61A...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 62....................

am No 46, 2011

s 63....................

rep No 92, 2017

Part 8

 

Part 8...................

rs No 2, 2013

s 64....................

rs No 2, 2013

Part 9

 

s 68....................

rs No 75, 2011

s 69....................

am No 46, 2011

s 70....................

rep No 92, 2017

Part 10

 

s 72....................

am SLI No 50, 2006; No 8, 2008; No 54, 2009; No  2, 2013

Part 10A

 

Part 10A.................

ad No 2, 2013

s 72A...................

ad No 2, 2013

 

am No 67, 2018

s 72B...................

ad No 2, 2013

 

am No 67, 2018

s 72C...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 72D...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 72E...................

ad No 2, 2013

Part 11

 

s 73....................

am No 30, 2006; No 90, 2008; No 2, 2013

s 76....................

rep No 2, 2013

s 78....................

am No 63, 2002; No 2, 2013; No 31, 2014

s 78A...................

ad No 2, 2013

s 79....................

am No 2, 2013

 


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