Our role

The aim of the Public Sector Commission is to bring leadership and expertise to the public sector to enhance integrity, effectiveness and efficiency. To work towards achieving this objective, the Commission has identified the following four strategic priorities:

  • positioning the Commission as an independent authority, balancing its policy, assistance and oversight roles
  • driving public sector reform to increase efficiency, flexibility and integrity
  • leading and assisting the public sector to build a skilled, ethical, diverse and knowledgeable workforce
  • broadening and enhancing our evaluation and reporting of public sector management and administration.

How do we achieve this?

Here is a brief collection of examples of recent activities of the Commission. Over the last year, we:

  • developed and implemented new processes for recruitment to provide additional flexibility to public sector employers
  • reported on administration and management across the sector, and collected and analysed workforce data from approximately 150 000 employees across 130 agencies
  • delivered training in areas including
    • workforce planning
    • standards of human resources management
    • accountable and ethical decision making
    • public interest disclosure
    • policy capacity
  • arranged 150 placements through the Entry Level Employment initiative and 37 Business Trainee placements
  • provided ongoing assistance to agencies meeting their obligations.

You can find a more extensive list of what we do in our annual report.

Why are we doing this?

The objective of the Commission’s activities is a high performing public sector that service the needs of the public now and for the future. A public sector that works efficiently and with integrity can provide the public with better results, and better public value. Integrity is also important in ensuring the public sector is trusted and accountable for its actions.

Did you also know...

The Public Sector Commissioner:

  • is the employer of chief executive officers (CEOs) in the senior executive service
  • is responsible for the administration of the Senior Executive Service and the broader Public Service
  • administers the arrangements for the redeployment and redundancy of surplus staff in the sector
  • has a primary role in the setting of remuneration for boards and committees
  • has responsibility for arrangements under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003
  • can be directed by the Government to undertake the following activities:
    • conduct special inquiries
    • review the function, management or operations of a public sector body
    • machinery of government changes - when government bodies are created, abolished, split, or combined.

Page last updated 13 September 2012