Australian Public Service Commission

Australian Public Service Commission
Statutory agency overview
Formed 1999
Preceding Statutory agency
  • Public Service Merit Protection Commission
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters 16 Furzer Street, Phillip, Canberra, ACT
Employees ~180
Annual budget A$23 million (2008–2009)
Minister responsible
  • Michaelia Cash,
    Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Statutory agency executives
  • John Lloyd, Australian Public Service Commissioner
  • Annwyn Godwin, Merit Protection Commissioner
Parent Statutory agency Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Key document

The Australian Public Service Commission is a statutory agency of the Australian Government that acts to ensure future capability and sustainability within the approximately 160,000 people (or 0.8 per cent of the Australian workforce)[3] that comprise the Australian Public Service.

The Commission was established pursuant to the Public Service Act, 1999 (Cth) and is led by the Australian Public Service Commissioner, currently John Lloyd PSM and the Merit Protection Commissioner, currently Annwyn Godwin. Both Commissioners work closely with the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, currently Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, to achieve the Government's objectives.

The parent department of the Commission is the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.


The vision of the Commission is to lead and shape a unified and high-performing Australian Public Service (APS). The Commission is responsible for providing advice to the Government on the APS; providing advice on strategic people management; supporting the implementation of Government policy; contributing to effective APS leadership and evaluating and reporting on the performance of the APS.[4]

To this end, the Commission performs the following functions:[2]


  1. "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  2. 1 2 "About the Commission". Australian Public Service Commission. Government of Australia. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  3. Whelan, James (August 2011). "The State of the Australian Public Service - An alternative report" (PDF). Centre for Policy Development. p. 13. ISSN 1835-0135. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. "Australian Public Service Commission". People: public servants. Government of Australia. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.

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