The Public Sector Commission has three divisions, and a number of other support areas.
- Accountability, Policy and Performance Division
- Capability and Development Division
- Agency Support Division
One of the Commission’s primary goals is to position the public sector for the future. This includes ensuring the public sector regulatory framework enables agencies to deliver responsive government services to the community in an ethical and accountable manner.
The Commission is engaged in an ongoing process of reform to public sector administration and management. The amendments that have been made to the Public Sector Management Act 1994 as a result of the Public Sector Reform Act 2010 have provided a foundation for the reform process but the work is ongoing
A key element of the reform achieved through legislative change was the merging of the roles of the Public Sector Commissioner and the Public Sector Standards Commissioner. This has now been achieved and has resulted in a more consistent approach to the application of standards across the public sector, and a unified approach to the appointment and management of CEOs and the Senior Executive Service. Other opportunities for streamlining and simplifying the accountability and compliance framework in the public sector are being explored and progressed.
In addition to the policy and reform work, the APP Division has responsibility for the compliance and performance monitoring and the oversight functions that the Commissioner has responsibility for under the PSM Act..
Commission services and information supported by the Accountability, Policy and Performance Division include:
- Annual Reporting Framework
- Human Resource Minimum Obligatory Information Requirement (HRMOIR)
- Machinery of Government
- Oversight (including Reviews)
- State of the Sector report
The Commission is committed to building a skilled, ethical and knowledgeable workforce. The Capability and Development Division (CDD) assists the Commissioner to undertake his legislative role by assisting public sector bodies and employees to comply with the Western Australian Code of Ethics, the principles of official conduct and public sector standards in human resource management.
Similarly the Commissioner’s legislative role to assist public authorities (public sector agencies, some government boards and committees, local government and public universities) to comply with the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 and the principles of good governance is supported by CDD. To promote integrity in the public sector CDD delivers the accountability and ethical decision making program to CEOs, senior executives and boards and committees. CDD also assists agencies and public universities to deliver the program.
Public sector leaders are vital to managing complex public administration challenges. CDD assists public sector employers to identify and develop skilled and ethical leaders through the provision of world class leadership programs including our flagship Executive Fellows and Executive Masters with ANZSOG, Foundations of Leadership and Pathways to Leadership with UWA and the Public Sector Management Program with Flinders University.
CDD promotes the WA Public Sector Leadership Capability Profiles and the Human Resources Capability Framework for the WA Public Sector to provide a whole of sector perspective on the qualities and skills required by public sector leaders and HR professionals. CDD also delivers an accredited training programs designed to skill the sectors human resource professionals through the Foundations of Government Human Resources program which is mapped to the Certificate IV in Government (with a HR focus).
The public sector faces many challenges in supporting growth the Western Australian economy. CDD assists agencies to adapt quickly to new policy and regulatory change as well as demographic changes. CDD employs a range of workforce planning initiatives including integrating diversity outcomes, the Aboriginal Employment Strategy, the graduate program and traineeships to enable the sector to tap into potentially underutilised sections of the workforce.
The Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment is based in CDD. The primary function of the role is to eliminate discrimination in public employment and ensure equal employment opportunity for all. This is a statutory position that advises and assists State and Local Government authorities, as well as public universities, to prepare and implement Equal Employment Opportunity Management Plans.
CDD also showcases public sector excellence and capacity through a range of events including the coordination of the Premier’s Awards, the Excellence in the Public Sector Conference and a series of workshops which can be viewed in the calendar of events.
The complexities of a public sector are vast, and a key role of the Public Sector Commission is to provide direction and advice to agencies when it is needed.
The Agency Support Division (ASD) is able to assist with issues surrounding the Public Sector Management Act 1994, CEO and Senior Executive Service appointment, redeployment and severance, governance and remuneration for members of boards and committees, and disciplinary investigations.
The ASD also supports agencies to develop information communication technology innovations in line with world best practice for enhanced service delivery.
Commission services and information supported by the Agency Support Division include:
- Administrative Instructions and Approved Procedures
- CEO employment and the Senior Executive Services
- Change Management (including Redeployment & Severance)
- Good Governance for Boards & Committees
- Recruitment Advertising Management System (RAMS)
The Public Sector Commission also has several support areas:
- Office of the Commissioner
The Office of the Commissioner provides direct support to the Commissioner and includes the Corporate Communications Unit.
- Strategic Corporate Support Unit
The Strategic Corporate Support Unit provides organisational development, human resource management and financial management services for the Commission.
Page last updated 20 November 2012