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Australian Public Service reforms



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THE HON GARY GRAY AO MP MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE AND INTEGRITY

MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Australian Public Service reforms

Minister for the Public Service and Integrity Gary Gray today introduced amendments to the Public Service Act which strengthen governance arrangements.

These amendments implement the recommendations of Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration, including:

• strengthened governance arrangements for APS leadership, including reforms that will strengthen the independence of Secretaries and provide the public with a clear statement of their role; • a clearer, shorter statement of the APS values that blend contemporary ethical

concepts with enduring principles of public administration that go to the heart of the Westminster model; • reforms that set out more clearly the role of the Public Service Commissioner as the central authority for the development and stewardship of the Australian Public

Service; and • a range of practical improvements to the Public Service Act that address a number of technical matters that have arisen since the last major changes in

1999.

Mr Gray said the Public Service Amendment Bill 2012 would result in greater efficiency and more effective use of Commonwealth resources.

Media Contact: John Arthur 0408 991 261