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Readers Guide

This is the Annual Report from the Commissioner of the Australian Public Service incorporating the

Annual Report of the Merit Protection Commissioner for the financial year ending 30 June 2020. The report reviews the purposes and outcomes of both Commissions.

Report structure

This report has been prepared in accordance with a range of publications including:

  • Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines
  • Commonwealth Procurement Rules
  • Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
  • Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014
  • Public Governance Performance and Accountability (Financial Reporting) Rule 2015
  • RMG-125 Commonwealth Entities Financial Statements
  • RMG-131 Developing good performance information
  • RMG-135 Annual report for non-corporate Commonwealth entities
  • RMG-138 Commonwealth entities Executive Remuneration Reporting Guide for Annual Reports
  • RMG-202 Audit committees
  • RMG-214 Notification of significant non-compliance with the finance law
  • RMG-423 Procurement Publishing and Reporting obligations
  • Tabling Guidelines

Accessing this report online

Further information about the Australian Public Service Commission and an online version of this report are available on our website at apsc.gov.au The Annual Report can also be found at transparency.gov.au

Feedback, enquiries and other uses

The Australian Public Service Commission welcomes comments on this report. If you have feedback and enquiries about any aspect of the report or any questions about the licence or any other use of this document, please contact media enquiries, on (02) 6202 3500 or media [at] apsc.gov.au

Part 1: Overview

This part contains a review of the year by the Australian Public Service Commissioner, including significant achievements, developments, performance and financial performance. This part also provides an overview of the Australian Public Service Commission (the Commission), its role, functions, organisational structure, and outcome and program structure.

Part 2: Annual performance statements

This part reports on the Commission’s results against performance criteria as outlined in the Corporate Plan 2019–20, Portfolio Budget Statements 2019–20 and Portfolio Additional Estimate Statements 2019–20, and provides an analysis of the factors that contributed to the Commission’s performance.

Part 3: Management and accountability

This part provides information about the Commission’s governance framework, fraud and risk management arrangements, external scrutiny, workforce planning, human resources and purchasing. It also includes information about workplace health and safety, small business, procurement initiatives, client services, advertising and market research, ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance and grants programs.

Part 4: Financial statements

This part contains discussion and analysis of the Commission’s financial performance, audited financial statements and a report by the Auditor-General.

Part 5: Appendices

This part provides supplementary information such as resource statements, staffing profile, work health and safety, ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance, advertising, disability reporting and information publication scheme.

Part 6: Reference material

This part includes a list of abbreviations and acronyms, a glossary, the list of requirements under the Rule.

Part 7: Annual Report of the Merit Protection Commissioner

This part comprises the Merit Protection Commissioner’s Annual Report for the financial year ending 30 June 2020.

Part 8: Index