State Service Governance
The State Service Act 2000 has been amended as part of the State Service Structural Reform Program.
This follows an independent Review of the Governance and Structural Arrangements in the Tasmanian State Service undertaken by Mr George O’Farrell in March 2012.
The recent amendments to the State Service Act have been proclaimed and come into effect from 4 February 2013. These provide changes to governance and structural arrangements for the State Service. There will have minimal impact and not change entitlements.
Under the new arrangements the major changes are:
- the Employer (the Minister Administering the State Service Act), is responsible to uphold, promote and ensure adherence to the State Service Principles and that employment practices are in place to support State Service employees. This makes explicit the importance of stewardship of the Tasmanian State Service and the requirement of the Head of the State Service to uphold, promote and to implement arrangements for effective service delivery and state service workforce management.
- The Head of the State Service, on behalf of Minister administering the State Service Act, is responsible for ensuring that the State Service is run effectively and efficiently.
- The Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC) had been appointed as the Head of the State Service to have responsibility for the Employer role on behalf of the Minister (the Premier). The State Service Management Officer (formerly Public Sector Management Office - PSMO) will undertake this role on a day to day basis.
- Approval for secondments, promotion without advertising and change of employment status (previously handled by the State Service Commissioner) will be managed through the State Service Management Office (SSMO). The SSMO website is being updated to include all Employment matters.
- The Head of the State Service will compile the State Service Annual Report and report to Parliament on performance and exercise of the Employer’s functions and powers. A key component of evaluating performance will be the Annual Employee Survey to be conducted in May/June each year.
- The Office of the State Service Commissioner is abolished and as the office of the State Service Commissioner (SSC) no longer exists information on the SSC website will be transitioned, as appropriate, to either the SSMO or Tasmanian Industrial Commission.
- Tasmanian Industrial Relations Commission, as an independent and external body will hear and decide employee reviews. Tasmanian Industrial Commission (TIC). The President of the TIC had issued Practices & Procedures for Employee Reviews under the State Service Act.
- The Auditor-General, as the independent and external statutory office holder, will undertake examinations and investigations into and report on the performance and exercise of the Employer’s functions and powers.
The amendments do not alter any existing employee provisions.
Commissioners Directions and Ministerial Directions will be replaced by Employment Directions. These are to be approved and signed by the Premier as the Minister responsible for the State Service Act 2000. Initially the amendments will reflect changes in responsibilities but the intent and effect will be largely unchanged. These will be posted on the SSMO website and circulated to Agency’s as they are approved.