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?

We achieve our priorities in part through building relationships and working collaboratively with our key stakeholders including:

  • Government of the day
  • Minister for Public Sector Management
  • Parliament
  • public sector agencies
  • public sector boards and committees
  • local governments
  • public universities
  • Government trading enterprises
  • peak organisations and key community groups
  • relevant national and international jurisdictions.

You can find a more extensive list of what we do and how we achieve our strategic priorities in our annual report.

Why are we doing this?

The objective of the Commission’s activities is to create a high performing public sector that services 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 public sector 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 redeployment and redundancy framework for the public 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 and the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003
  • works closely with the Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment on workforce, diversity and equal opportunity in public employment
  • 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 16 May 2017