CEO recruitment activity

The Commissioner is responsible for recommending to the Governor a person to be appointed to a vacant CEO office. The Public Sector Management Act 1994 (the Act) requires the Commissioner to:

  • Consult with the responsible minister and the responsible authority to allow them to inform the Commissioner of any matter they want taken into account in the selection process.
  • Notify the vacancy to enable suitably qualified persons to apply for the vacant office.
  • To examine the applicants. This is usually done by convening a selection panel to assess the applications, conduct interviews, undertake referee checks and verify qualifications possessed by applicants.
  • The Commissioner has to take into account specific qualities defined in the Act in addition to the selection criteria for each position. These qualities are in Section 45(13) of the PSMA.

The CEO recruitment functions derive from section 45 of the Act which empowers the Commissioner to notify a vacancy, examine applicants and recommend to the Governor a person suitable for appointment.

Appointment and Reappointment

The Commissioner facilitates the appointment of each chief executive officer by making a recommendation to the Governor who then approves the appointment. Before making this recommendation each proposed appointment, by convention, is referred to Cabinet for its approval. Each chief executive officer may be appointed for a maximum period of five years. Every chief executive officer has a contract of employment that is agreed between the Commissioner and that officer and this comes into effect from the date of appointment approved by the Governor. These functions arise from sections 45 and 56 of the Act.

Chief executive officers are eligible for reappointment at the conclusion of their current term of employment. Any reappointment of a chief executive officer to their office follows a similar procedure to their initial appointment and may be for a maximum of five years and is subject to a new contract of employment. These functions arise from section 46 of the Act.


Public sector officials are required to demonstrate integrity in all professional spheres. As leaders in the public sector, chief executive officers must maintain the highest levels of integrity in both their professional and private activities.

Applicants for chief executive officer positions need to be aware that all claims in job applications will be comprehensively tested. Any misrepresentation of qualifications or other claims in applications for chief executive officer positions, whatever the apparent reason, may be reported to the Corruption and Crime Commission under section 28 of the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003.

Page last updated 17 February 2020