Queensland's first social impact bond aims to help children in out-of-home care.
New South Wales has doubled its temp workers under the Coalition — and couldn't justify value for the extra $600m cost. Also, Margaret Crawford has
We recently moved our readers to a new system. You may need to reset your password here to login.
Not a member ? Join here for free.
Forgot your password?
Home News ACT public sector reform: new governing arrangements
Text size :
TAGS ACT Public Service, Office of Public Sector Standards Commissioner, Bronwen Overton-Clarke
Twenty this year, the ACT service is getting a new governing bill creating a new senior executive service, new principles and values and a new commissioner.
A change is coming to the ACT public service. After turning 20 earlier this year, the service is getting a new governing bill creating a new senior executive service, a new framework for principles and values, and a new independent commissioner to oversee it all.
The person currently in that role, and helping shape what all that will look like, is acting commissioner Bronwen Overton-Clarke. “One of the primary reasons for the new act is to modernise it,” Overton-Clarke told The Mandarin.
The new bill will clean out redundant employment standards and regulations that have since been overtaken by enterprise agreements. Conditions, already being covered by enterprise agreements, won’t change, but compulsory values and behaviours will now explicitly apply to the whole public sector. Those values include respect, integrity, innovation, collaboration and best practice.
The new Office of Public Sector Standards Commissioner will be responsible for overseeing that practice. The role isn’t fully “nailed down yet”, Overton-Clarke says. One complication in designing the new role is that unlike the Commonwealth or the other states, the ACT position is part-time, and has switched back and forth between being independent and a current member of the public service.
Receive unlimited access, get all the latest public sector news and features, plus The Juice, our daily news update sent direct to your inbox.
The Mandarin is where Australia's public sector leaders discuss their work and the issues faced within modern bureaucracy. Join today to discover the latest in public administration thinking and news from our dedicated reporters, current and former agency heads and senior executives.
Harley Dennett is editor at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's held communications roles in the New South Wales public sector and Defence, and reported for titles including Crikey and the Star Observer.
Read Related Content
New South Wales has doubled its temp workers under the Coalition — and couldn't justify value for the extra $600m cost. Also, Margaret Crawford has seven sector-wide tips to consider when procuring and managing contingent labour.