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No change to citizenship requirements in the Australian Public Service.



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Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 20 June, 2006

Media Release

156/06

No Change to Citizenship Requirements in the Australian Public Service

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public

Service, Kevin Andrews, today confirmed again that there has been no change to the policy or legislation

governing citizenship requirements in the Australian Public Service.

The Public Service Act requires that an APS employee be an Australian citizen unless the agency head considers

that it would be appropriate to employ a non-citizen.

An Australian Public Service Commission circular was recently been issued reminding agency heads that they do

have the flexibility to employ a person who is not an Australian citizen.

A decision by an agency head to engage a non-citizen will continue to be guided by, and depend on, the particular

needs of the agency (for example, a shortage of the skills or professional qualifications required to perform

particular duties) and there may be a range of circumstances where it is appropriate to engage a non-citizen.

A decision to engage a non-citizen must be made only after ensuring that the person has, or is eligible for,

temporary or permanent residence in Australia, and is able to obtain the appropriate work rights.

This does not represent any change to the policy or legislation governing citizenship requirements in the

Australian Public Service.

For further information contact:

Kate Walshe 0411 472 299

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