Office for the Public Sector



Determinations of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment are binding and cover a range of public sector employment matters.

Under Section 16(1) of the Public Sector Act 2009, the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment:

“…may issue determinations relating to (a) employment in the Public Service; and (b) public sector employment outside the Public Service that is declared by another Act or the regulations under this Act to be employment to which this section applies.”

Determination 1: Merit Engagement, Assignment of Duties and Transfer of Non-Executive Employees

This Determination covers employment matters such as merit, engagement, assignment of duties and the transfer of non-executive employees and also covers merit based selection processes.

Determination 2: Excess Employees - Income Maintenance

Determination 2 covers the income maintenance provisions that apply to excess employees.

Determination 3.1: Employment Conditions - Hours of Work, Overtime and Leave

This Determination covers hours of work and overtime as well as the range of leave provisions available to public sector employees and the circumstances in which they can be accessed. The Determination has been approved by the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment to take effect on 1 July 2017. The Determination provides new Leave without Pay provision for a Career Break of up to a maximum of 2 calendar years to enable an employee to attend to other responsibilities, pursue other professional development, a new career endeavour or move into retirement.

Determination 3.2: Employment Conditions - Remuneration - Allowances and Reimbursements

This Determination details the range of the allowances and reimbursements available to public sector employees, the rates and circumstances in which they can be paid and reimbursed. Maps showing the location of the General Area Locality Line and metropolitan Adelaide boundary are also available below, which should be read in conjunction with the relevant provisions of this Determination.

Determination 4: Qualifications for Designated Whistleblower Contact Officers

Determination 4: Qualifications for Designated Whistleblower Contact Officers

This Determination outlines the qualifications required for designated Whistleblower contact officers and will be reviewed following the date of proclamation of the commencement of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018.

Determination and Guideline 6: Recovery of Overpayments

This Determination and Guideline outlines the arrangements that apply to the recovery of salary overpayments.

Determination and Guideline 7: Changes to Workforce Composition and Management of Excess Employees – Redeployment, Retraining and Redundancy

This Determination and Guideline applies to agencies and employees who are covered by the:

  • South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 and
  • South Australian Public Sector Wages Parity Enterprise Agreement: Weekly Paid 2017

More information is available here.

Determination and Guideline - Flexible Workplaces

This Determination and Guideline is intended to help create a more flexible, diverse and inclusive South Australian public sector workforce, to generate productivity, increase workforce participation and improve workforce culture. It is also intended that this Determination and Guideline will improve awareness and understanding of how to consistently implement flexible working arrangements in the South Australian public sector.

Determination and Guideline - Employment Relations

This Determination and Guideline outlines the arrangements for managing employment relations.

Eligibility For Former DHS Employees To Apply For Public Sector Jobs

Ongoing employees of the Department of Human Services (DHS), who were formerly employed in that agency in a role providing disability or domiciliary services and, who have taken up employment in a non-Government provider of disability or domiciliary care services may be eligible to apply for public sector vacancies which would otherwise only be available to current public sector employees. Eligibility will be for two years from the date a former employee commences employment in a non-Government provider. The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment will maintain a list of eligible employees. Agencies can confirm eligibility by contacting the Office for the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment’s – Workforce Transition Unit at

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