Office for the Public Sector


Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

Erma Ranieri
Erma Ranieri Commissioner for Public Sector Employment

The Commissioner reports directly to the Minister for the Public Sector, the Hon John Rau, and holds a statutory role under the Public Sector Act 2009. The Act outlines principles and guidelines to improve and uphold public sector performance – it is the Commissioner’s role to bring these to life across government.

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately to ensure the public sector is a trusted, respected, courageous and honest organisation.

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year and SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

Erma currently oversees a number of sector-wide reform programs, including [email protected]. Erma will continue to challenge cultural and structural barriers within the public sector to raise productivity and foster excellence. She is leading a cultural shift and creating a public sector that is more collaborative, innovative, and connected to the community.

A message from the Commissioner

 Premier Weatherill established our office to create a fully integrated approach to building the public sector culture we all want to see. A strong public sector is a vital feature of this State. We will modernise it, make it more efficient and inspire within it a culture of change, growth and excellence.

We aim to deliver a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.

We will lead the way, we will break down barriers, we will change the way our sector operates by focusing on our people.

We will start with the people in our sector who do a fantastic job every day, who are professional, passionate and care about serving South Australians. We will develop and support these people until they reflect the overwhelming majority of our sector. We will equip our workforce to deliver the best outcomes for South Australia.

We will work with the sector to challenge cultural and structural barriers, to do things differently, raise productivity, develop exceptional leaders, and uphold and promote the professional standards of our sector.

To find out more about what our office does, read our Strategic Objectives

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