Agency overview

The Public Sector Commission brings leadership and expertise to enhance public sector 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.

Enabling and administering legislation

The Commissioner is an independent statutory officer established under the Public Sector Management Act 1994 (PSM Act). He is supported in his functions by the Commission, a department established under the PSM Act. The Commissioner is responsible for setting and monitoring public sector standards and codes of ethics, as well as oversight matters of effectiveness and efficiency within the public sector.

In addition to the PSM Act, the Commission administers the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (PID Act). Part IX of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (EO Act) is administered by the Office of the Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment, which resides within the Commission. The Commissioner reports directly to the Parliament of Western Australia on matters within his jurisdiction.

Responsible minister

The responsible minister is the Hon. Colin Barnett MEc MLA, Premier; Minister for State Development.

Government affiliated bodies

The Salaries and Allowances Tribunal has been determined by the Treasurer to be an affiliated body of the Public Sector Commission in accordance with section 60(1)(b) of the Financial Management Act 2006. The Tribunal’s report appears immediately following the Commission’s report.

Organisational chart

Organisational chart

Members of the corporate executive

Mr Mal Wauchope - Public Sector Commissioner

Mal gained a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Master of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. He has 39 years public sector experience and held senior positions in the Treasury Department prior to joining the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Mal served as Director General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet from October 1997 to November 2008 as well as Clerk of the Executive Council from 1987 to 2009.

He was appointed Public Sector Commissioner on 28 November 2008 and he has been state representative on the Council for the Order of Australia since July 1998.

Mr Dan Volaric - Deputy Commissioner, Agency Support

Dan has qualifications in business administration and management with a strong focus on organisational development, human resources and public sector management. With extensive senior management experience, Dan applies a whole-of-government perspective with line agency knowledge to fulfil this role.

As Deputy Commissioner, he leads the Agency Support Division in providing high-level advice and support to ministerial offices, chief executive officers and agency staff on a broad range of public sector matters.

Ms Fiona Roche - Deputy Commissioner, Accountability, Policy and Performance

Fiona has worked in the sector for many years, primarily in the areas of accountability and public sector management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Master of Commerce, and has previously lectured at Curtin University. Fiona held senior executive positions in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the former Office of the Public Sector Standards Commissioner before taking up her current role as Deputy Commissioner at the Commission.

In leading the Accountability, Policy and Performance Division, Fiona has responsibility for managing the Commissioner’s statutory responsibilities in relation to reviews and investigations, policy and reform, and reporting to parliament.

Dr Kim Schofield - Deputy Commissioner, Capability and Development

Kim holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Curtin University and an MBA in Human Resource Management from the University of Western Australia. He is a Fellow, and the current Western Australian State President, of the Australian Human Resource Institute, concurrently lecturing periodically to postgraduates studying Strategic Human Resource Management at Edith Cowan University.

Kim brings proven organisational leadership skills to this role, applying his depth of experience and knowledge to develop the capability and leadership of the public sector through programs and professional development.

Ms Ruth Young - Director, Office of the Commissioner

Ruth has held a number of senior positions within the public sector, including working for several years in the Commonwealth-State relations area of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet as well as undertaking a variety of policy roles in the Department of Education.

Ruth provides support for the Commissioner including leading and directing the Office of the Commissioner’s resources to achieve strategic priorities, and coordinating activities across the Commission.

Ms Carissa Griffiths - Manager, Human Resources Strategy and Support

Carissa gained a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. Carissa has worked in both the Queensland Government and Western Australian Government in Industrial Relations and Human Resources. Prior to this role she spent five years in a variety of human resource roles in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Carissa, with her team in the Strategic Corporate Services Unit, provides high-level organisational and employee relations advice to management and employees as well as contributing to strategic planning, and coordinating performance management and recruitment activities in the Commission.

Mr Mal Davey - Chief Finance Officer

Mal attained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and has spent most of his career in the public sector in a number of agencies, including the Department for Planning and Infrastructure and 14 years at the Office of the Auditor General.

Mal brings 27 years of experience in management reporting, financial reporting and costing, to lead a range of diverse activities performed by the finance team at the Commission.

Members of the corporate executiveMembers of the corporate executive, from left: Ms Ruth Young, Ms Fiona Roche, Dr Kim Schofield, Mr Dan Volaric, Mr Mal Wauchope, Mr Mal Davey and Ms Carissa Griffiths.

Performance management framework

Outcome-based management framework

Government goal: Greater focus on achieving results in key service delivery areas for the benefit of all Western Australians.

Desired outcomes

  • Effectiveness indicators

Services provided

  • Effectiveness indicators

Assisting agencies deliver services to the community with excellence and integrity

  • Proportion of clients who indicate that the advice and guidance offered by the Commission assisted them to promote integrity within their agency and deliver excellent services to the community

Advice and assistance

  • Average cost of advice and assistance services provided per client

Public sector reform

  • Average cost per client of supporting policies and frameworks
  • Average cost per major reform initiative

Professional development and training

  • Average cost per participant
  • Average cost per public sector reform initiative developed for implementation

The principles of merit, equity, probity and integrity underpin official conduct and human resource management of public authorities in Western Australia

  • Percentage of public authorities who have provided all reports as required by legislation
  • Percentage of public authorities who have met the minimum requirements
  • Percentage of public authorities provided with assistance on the principles of merit, equity, probity and integrity in official conduct and human resource management during the year
  • Percentage of public authorities who agree that feedback through the Public Sector Commission survey process has increased their understanding of the principles of merit, equity, probity and integrity in official conduct and human resource management
  • Percentage of breach of standard claims and matters referred to the Public Sector Commission that are handled within specified timeframes

Development and monitoring of human resource standards, ethical codes and public interest disclosure guidelines

  • Cost of assistance and monitoring per public sector agency for the PSM Act and for the PID Act

Equal employment opportunity advice and evaluation of equity and diversity in public employment

  • Cost of assistance and monitoring per public sector agency and authority for Part IX of the EO Act

Independent chief executive officer selection and recruitment advice

  • Cost per CEO selection

Changes to outcome-based management framework

The Commission’s outcome-based management framework remains unchanged from 2010/11. A new framework has been approved by the Under Treasurer, and is detailed in the 2012/13 Budget Statements. However, it does not become effective for reporting purposes until the 2012/13 financial year.

Shared responsibility with other agencies

The Commission did not share any responsibilities with other agencies in 2011/12.


Page last updated 11 September 2014