Sedgwick to depart as Commonwealth public sector head

Stephen Sedgwick will finish his term as the Commonwealth’s public sector commissioner next month. His replacement walks into a hardline negotiation period over pay.

Stephen Sedgwick

Stephen Sedgwick

Commonwealth public servants will get a new boss next month, with commissioner Stephen Sedgwick to move on

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced this afternoon Sedwick will finish his term as head of the Australian Public Service Commission on December 13. It’s unclear if he was seeking a new term.

It comes as the federal government battles with multiple departments over tough pay deals, with a below-inflation agreement with the Defence Department seen as the high watermark for other public servants. New secretaries at Prime Minister and Cabinet, Finance and soon Treasury are seen as a changing of the guard and drivers of a renewed reform agenda.

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