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Managing Conflicts of Interest in Recruitment

The Auditor-General No 3 of 2017-18 Appointment of Tasmanian State Service Senior Executive Officers, General Stream Bands 9 and 10 and Professional Stream Band 6 Positions report was tabled in Parliament in November 2017. The Auditor-General’s conclusion was that practices followed in recruiting for Senior Executive Service (SES) offices and senior State Service positions generally complied with the mandatory requirements of the applicable governance framework.

In response to the recommendations in the report, the following policy and tools have been developed:

  • Policy and Supporting Tools: Managing Conflicts of Interest in Recruitment (Word 355 KB)
  • Managing Conflicts of Interest in Recruitment is used under Section 15(1)(b) of the State Service Act 2000, and sets the policy (practices, procedures and standards) against which agencies are to perform in managing conflicts of interest in recruitment. This is supported by tools to assist in performing within this policy.
  • Guidelines: Senior Executive Recruitment (Word 220 KB)
  • The Guidelines for Senior Executive Recruitment aims to ensure a transparent, effective and merit-based recruitment approach that is compliant with Employment Direction No 17 (ED 17) and the State Service Act. It provides guidance and quick checklists for the key steps that should be undertaken when assessing offices and recruiting officers, whether Senior Executive (SES) or Equivalent Specialist.
  • Guidelines: Temporary Filling Arrangements for Offices (Word 189 KB)
  • In addition, Guidelines for Temporary filling arrangements for offices created under Section 29 of the State Service Act have also been developed for agencies.  These provide guidance to agencies and have been developed following advice from the Office of the Solicitor General that where an office created under Section 29 of the State Service Act has duties, obligations, rights or powers derived from either the State Service Act or any other Act, a direction under Section 21A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1931 is required to enable a person who is not appointed to that office to discharge those duties, obligations, rights and/or powers.