Government policies continue to embrace the concept of security in employment. Over time, positions may end or be significantly altered, however, jobs become redundant—people don't!
Redeployment, retraining, and voluntary severance strategies are the preferred approaches to assisting public sector organisations manage change. Redeployment continues as the priority application for the management of surplus permanent public sector staff. It involves the movement of a registered employee to an alternative public sector position following acceptance of an employment offer made under regulation 13 of the Public Sector Management (Redeployment and Redundancy) Regulations 1994.
Key features of public sector redeployment applications are outlined below, and more comprehensive information on redeployment policies and procedures can be obtained from the Redeployment and Redundancy Policy Manual. Also, see the redeployment information for employees.
Key features of redeployment
- The Public Sector Management Act 1994 and Public Sector Management (Redeployment and Redundancy) Regulations 1994 provide the legislative framework for redeployment and voluntary severance applications in the Western Australian public sector. This legislation applies to all WA public sector employees other than a relatively small group for whom redeployment and redundancy provisions are covered in federal awards or industrial instruments.
- Permanent public sector employees whose jobs have been abolished and who are surplus to agency requirements may be centrally registered with the Public Sector Commission’s Agency Support Division (ASD) for redeployment within the public sector. Registered employees have priority access to public sector vacancies.
- Current redeployment policies provide a framework for a whole-of-government approach to redeployment and ensure a consistent application of redeployment policy.
- Public sector agencies retain responsibility for the management of their surplus employees including the provision of interim project work placements and the payment of ongoing salaries/wages.
- ASD assists agencies by providing and/or coordinating case management services to their registered redeployees. The ASD also has responsibility for the development and maintenance of the redeployment and redundancy policy framework.
- An online Recruitment Advertising Management System database (RAMS) provides for the electronic registration of redeployees. This system also provides redeployees with access to public sector vacancies. Before any position can be advertised, agencies are required to obtain a redeployment clearance by listing their vacancy on RAMS.
- RAMS is also utilised to refer suitable redeployees for consideration by the advertising agency, and to produce statistical information for reporting purposes.
The roles of agencies and the Public Sector Commission
Agencies and agency shared service centres:
- manage the redeployment of surplus staff including the provision of employee support
- post vacancies on the RAMS system
- provide interim work and cover salary/wages payments for their surplus employees.
The Public Sector Commission:
- maintains an equitable and effective whole-of-government framework which allows agencies to accept responsibility for redeployment outcomes and effectively manage surplus staff
- develops and implements redeployment policies and procedures
- reviews and interprets legislation and regulations
- provides and/or coordinates the provision of case management services to registered redeployees
- provides strategic and practical advice and assistance to Government and agencies
- maintains the RAMS system
- provides mediation services where agencies are unable to reach agreement on the suitability of a redeployee.
For more information, please phone the Agency Support Division on (08) 6552 8600 or email email@example.com.
- Redeployment and Redundancy Policy Manual
- Redeployment and Redundancy Presentation Material
- Public Sector Commissioner's Circular 2009-28 - Redeployment and Voluntary Severance Policy
- Circular to Departments and Authorities No. 19 of 1986 - Policy on Subsidised Housing for Redeployees
Page last updated 25 September 2012