As a result of legislative amendments to the State Service Act 2000, the following changes to functions previously undertaken by the Office of State Service Commissioner (OSSC) are effective as at 4 February 2013:
Employment-related roles and responsibilities have been transferred to the State Service Management Office (SSMO). Work is currently in progress to transition relevant information from the OSSC website to the SSMO website. Please telephone 6232 7140 for further information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The review applications by State Service employees in relation to selection have been transferred to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission (TIC). State Service employees considering the lodgement of a review application must access the TIC website to obtain current and relevant procedural and guidance information and application forms. Please telephone 6233 7808 for further information.
The State Service Commissioner is an independent statutory office holder appointed by the Governor of Tasmania and reporting directly to the Tasmanian State Parliament. The legislated powers and functions of the Commissioner are set out in Part 5 of the State Service Act 2000 (the Act).
Broadly speaking, the statutory functions of the Commissioner centre on:
- upholding, promoting and ensuring adherence to the State Service Principles and Code of Conduct;
- undertaking reviews of actions applied for under section 50 of the Act; and
- the evaluation of the application within agencies of practices, procedures and standards set by the Commissioner in relation to management of, and employment in, the State Service.
In recent years, OSSC has made particular efforts to:
- develop and refine its annual Agency Survey and biennial Employee Survey;
- develop and implement an active and ongoing evaluation program related to State Service practices, procedures and standards;
- to improve the content and breadth of the annual report to Parliament;
- streamline review processes; and
- more recently, to redevelop the OSSC website.
Employees are encouraged to investigate the website further, as it provides relevant information about employee rights and responsibilities under the Act. The site also provides an important reference point for others seeking direction and information on the statutory functions and responsibilities of the Commissioner and details of associated legislation.
In addition to the information provided here, anyone requiring further information or assistance should contact us.