Office for the Public Sector


Public Sector Act 2009

The Public Sector Act 2009 outlines what is expected of the public sector and its employees. The Act sets the standard for a service-focused, responsive, collaborative and ethical organisation. The Act also outlines the rights of employees to a fair and just workplace that recognises achievement and provides opportunities for growth.

The Act and associated Public Sector Regulations 2010 help maintain a high-performing public sector that delivers services in line with community and Government priorities.

The Act covers a number of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Principles to guide the whole of the public sector
  • Whole-of-Government objectives
  • Simplified arrangements for movement of employees across the whole of the public sector
  • Requirement for performance management and development systems across the whole of the public sector
  • Processes for the review of employment decisions
  • Powers and responsibilities of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment


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