The Hon Tony Abbott MP Prime Minister
Canberra ACT 2600
Dear Prime Minister
In accordance with section 44 of the Public Service Act 1999, I am pleased to present my annual report for the year ended 30 June 2013. This report includes the annual report of the Merit Protection Commissioner, as required by section 51 of the Act.
This report has been prepared in accordance with section 44(1) of the Act, which requires that you table the report in parliament. It reflects the Requirements for annual reports for departments, executive agencies and FMA Act bodies approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit in June 2013.
The report includes the Commission’s audited financial statements as required by section 57 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.
In addition, and as required by the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines, I certify that I am satisfied that the Commission has prepared fraud risk assessments and a fraud control plan; has in place appropriate fraud control mechanisms that meet the Commission’s needs; and has taken all reasonable measures to minimise the incidence of fraud and to investigate and recover the proceeds of fraud.
Stephen Sedgwick AO
Australian Public Service Commissioner
The Commission at a glance
The Australian Public Service Commission promotes good practice in strengthening the capability of the Australian Public Service (APS) to meet the evolving needs of citizens and the government, supports leadership and learning and development in the APS, and fosters ethical behaviour and workplaces that value diversity.
We also have an important evaluation role in working with agencies to ensure that the APS is performing effectively and in a manner consistent with the APS Values.
The Commission, through the strengthened Australian Government Employment Bargaining Framework, encourages agencies to develop a more consistent approach to common terms and conditions of employment for APS employees when negotiating enterprise agreements.
To lead and shape a unified, high-performing APS.
Highlights from 2012–13
The Commission effectively discharged its statutory responsibilities. Significant achievements by the Commission during 2012–13 included:
• supporting the Minister for the Public Service and Integrity with the passage through the parliament of amendments to the Public Service Act 1999, which commenced on 1 July 2013
• working in partnership with agencies to develop resources to assist agencies to embed the revised APS Values and Employment Principles
• developing the APS Indigenous Employment Strategy 2012–16 to support APS agencies to improve the employment outcomes of people with disability and Indigenous Australians
• administering the 2012 APS employee census to 159,917 employees, with a 55% response rate, and developing and trialling an exit and entry survey to deepen our understanding of why people join the APS and why they leave
• completing research on performance management in the APS including the development of principles to promote a high-performance culture within agencies
• implementing new approaches to cross-APS talent development for SES Band 2 and Band 3 officers
• completing eight capability reviews and publishing four reports
• completing the APS Classification Review and commencing work to address its recommendations including the development of work-level standards applicable to classifications below the (recently reviewed) Senior Executive Service
• commencing work to develop an APS Asia Capability Strategy to support the development of Asia-relevant skills, as required by the Australia in the Asian century white paper
• commencing research and engagement with stakeholders, including unions, the Fair Work Commission, agencies, and state and territory governments, for modernisation of some 51 Australian Government employment awards, most notably the APS Award 1998.
A5 Ongoing and non-ongoing staff, by gender, 2011–12 and 2012–13
A6 Senior Executive Service, by gender, 2011–12 and 2012–13
A7 Staff by classification, location and gender, 30 June 2012
A8 Staff by classification, location and gender, 30 June 2013
A9 Representation of equal employment opportunity groups as a percentage of staff, by classification, 30 June 2012
A10 Representation of equal employment opportunity groups as a percentage of staff, by classification, 30 June 2013
guide to the report
The Australian Public Service Commissioner’s annual report 2012–13 is provided in accordance with the provisions of section 44 of the Public Service Act 1999 (the PS Act). The report has been developed with the aim of transparent reporting under the Commission’s outcome and program structure.