State Service Principles
The State Service Principles are the cornerstone of the State Service Act 2000 (the Act). The Principles, established under subsection 7(1) of the Act, provide a statement as to both the way that employment is to be managed in the State Service, and the standards expected of those who work within it.
Commissioner's Direction No. 2 – State Service Principles provides more information on the Principles, particularly in relation to the requirement for Heads of Agency to put in place measures to ensure that the Principles are promoted to employees within their agency to ensure compliance.
Employees and Heads of Agency are required to comply with and uphold the Principles, and Heads of Agency are also required to promote the Principles.
The State Service Principles in subsection 7(1) are as follows:
- the State Service is apolitical, performing its functions in an impartial, ethical and professional manner;
- the State Service is a public service in which employment decisions are based on merit;
- the State Service provides a workplace that is free from discrimination and recognises and utilises the diversity of the community it serves;
- the State Service is accountable for its actions and performance, within the framework of Ministerial responsibility, to the Government, the Parliament and the community;
- the State Service is responsive to the Government in providing honest, comprehensive, accurate and timely advice and in implementing the Government's policies and programs;
- the State Service delivers services fairly and impartially to the community;
- the State Service develops leadership of the highest quality;
- the State Service establishes workplace practices that encourage communication, consultation, cooperation and input from employees on matters that affect their work and workplace;
- the State Service provides a fair, flexible, safe and rewarding workplace;
- the State Service plans for and promotes effective performance management in which Heads of Agencies, officers and employees are accountable for the performance of their functions and exercise of their powers;
- (ja) there is an expectation that officers and employees –
- will perform to the standard and requirements identified in the performance management plan relating to the officer or employee; and
- will be responsive to Government priorities; and
- will deliver quality services;
- the State Service promotes equity in employment;
- the State Service provides a reasonable opportunity to members of the community to apply for State Service employment; and
- the State Service provides a fair system of review of decisions taken in respect of employees.
- an assessment is made of the relative suitability of the candidates for the duties; and
- the assessment is based on the relationship between the candidates' work-related qualities and the work-related qualities genuinely required for the duties; and
- the assessment focuses on the relative capacity of the candidates to achieve outcomes related to the duties; and
- the assessment is the primary consideration in making the decision.
Commissioner’s Direction No. 1 – Employment in the State Service
Commissioner’s Direction No. 2 – State Service Principles
Commissioner’s Direction No. 3 – Workplace Diversity
Commissioner’s Direction No. 4 – Performance Management Systems
Commissioner’s Direction No. 7 – Review of Actions
Notice of Intention to Lodge a Selection Review Form 1 (RTF)
Application for Review – Selection Review Form 2 (RTF)
Application for Review – State Service Action Form 3 (RTF)
Request for Discontinuation Form 4 (RTF)