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MINISTER FOR FINANCE AND

MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE MATTERS

RELEASEX __________ ________________________________ /

EMBARGO

Mr Dawkins, the M in is te r A ssisting the Prime M in is te r f o r Public Service M atters, today announced th a t as from 1 November 1984, . people seeking appointment to the A u stralian Public Service w i l l need to be A u stralian c i t i z e n s . The requirement f o r A u s tra lia n

c itiz e n s h ip replaces the previous requirement f o r o f f ic e r s of the A u s tra lia n Public Service to be B r itis h su b jec ts. The new re q u ire ­ ment w i l l not apply to those persons who were appointed to the Public Service under the previous arrangements and there w i l l

continue to be no c itiz e n s h ip requirement f o r temporary employment with the A u stralian Public S ervice.

The Government f i r s t announced i t s in te n tio n o f amending the Public Service Act to introduce the new n a t io n a lit y requirement in October 1983. The amendment to the Public Service Act was included in the Public Service Reform Act 1984.

The Government's decision to replace the B r it is h subject requirement with one of A u stralian c itiz e n s h ip r e f le c t s i t s view th a t migrants

should be tre a te d e q u a lly , irr e s p e c tiv e o f o r ig in and t h a t the

adoption of A u stralian c itiz e n s h ip should be encouraged as a u n ifyin g fa c to r in a m u lt i- c u lt u r a l s o c ie ty .

Mr Dawkins said th a t the A u s tra lia n c itiz e n s h ip requirement fo r appointment to the A u s tra lia n Public Service would not, however, mean th a t there would be no o p p o rtu n ities fo r people who are not A u stralian c itiz e n s to obtain employment in the A u s tra lia n Public

Service a f t e r 1 November 1984. The Government has been c are fu l to ensure th a t permanent residents who intend to become A u stralian c itiz e n s but who have not y e t met the r e s id e n t ia l requirement fo r

c itiz e n s h ip , w i l l not be unduly disadvantaged by in tro d u ctio n o f the c itiz e n s h ip requirement. I t has th e re fo re decided th a t permanent residents who are not y e t e l i g i b l e fo r c itiz e n s h ip s or who are able

to in d ic a te th a t an a p p lic a tio n fo r c itiz e n s h ip has been made would s t i l l be able to apply f o r e n try to the A u s tra lia n Public Service

uhder the normal m erit s e le c tio n processes. Permanent residents who were selected f o r positions in the Public Service under these arrange­ ments would be o ffered fix e d -te rm employment in those position s f o r a period up. u n t il t h e i r a p p lic a tio n fo r c itiz e n s h ip has.been made and

approved, when they would become e l i g i b l e f o r appointment as o f fic e r s of the A u stralian Public S e rv ic e . Mr Dawkins said th a t there may of

course be some positions in departments which M in is te rs may consider should not be occupied by people who are not A u s tra lia n c i t iz e n s , usu ally f o r s e c u rity co n sid eratio n s , and such p o sition s would be excluded from these arrangements.

Permanent re s id e n ts who obtained employment in the A u s t r a l i a n - P u b lic Service under t h is arrangement w i l l , i f they have met.

the other requirements f o r appointment during the period o f fix e d -te rm employment, be appointed to the P u blic S e rv ice on gaining c i t i z e n s h ip , w ithout f u r t h e r m e rit c o m p e titio n .. They

w i l l o f course be subject to a l l o th er normal re q u ire m e n ts .fo r

appointment, such as hea lth standards.

Mr Dawkins said t h a t the Government had also approved arrange­ ments to f i n a l i s e before 1 November, the appointments o f those persons who are not c it iz e n s but who were e l i g i b l e under the e a r l i e r n a t i o n a l i t y provisions and have a lre a d y been s elected

f o r appointment t o the P u blic S e rv ic e . Mr Dawkins said t h a t

n o n -c itiz e n s who had sat f o r the various s e le c tio n t e s ts but

had not been s elected f o r appointment before 1 November would, however, not be covered under t h i s arrangement and would need to take out A u s tra lia n c it i z e n s h ip in order to be e l i g i b l e f o r

appointment to the Public S e rv ice a f t e r 1 November 1984. The Public Service Board would advise people on the Order o f M e r it l i s t s of these arrangements. '

Mr Dawkins also said th a t he had approved the circumstances in which he would be prepared to consider w aiving the A u s tr a lia n c itiz e n s h ip requirement f o r appointment. This would be in cases where there is a s h o r t f a l l o f s k i l l s in the p u b lic s e r v ic e ,

in clu d in g employment catego ries where overseas re c ru itm e n t campaigns are conducted. Mr Dawkins noted t h a t th e re was also provision to consider waiving the c i t i z e n s h ip requirement in cases where i t gave r is e to p a r t i c u l a r d i f f i c u l t i e s or was

considered unduly r e s t r i c t i v e and hampered the e f f i c i e n t operation o f the Public S e rv ic e . He added t h a t he would p e r i o d i c a l l y tender

a statement in Parliam ent and n o t i f y in the Gazette any circumstances where waiver extends beyond in d iv id u a l cases. %

Mr Dawkins said t h a t f u r t h e r advice on the arrangements o u tlin e d above could be obtained from Regional O ffic e s o f the P u b lic Service Board throughout A u s t r a l i a . '

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