The Victorian public sector supports the government of the day in serving the Victorian community.

The Victorian public sector comprises two key areas: public service bodies, such as government departments and administrative offices, and public entities, such as hospitals, TAFEs and water authorities.

In supporting the sector, the Victorian Public Sector Commission’s (VPSC) public administration program two-fold. The VPSC enhances capability and performance, and also promotes knowledge and understanding throughout government and the broader Victorian community.

The VPSC supports the sector in three ways. It:

  • produces the annual the State of the Public Sector in Victoria report
  • conducts commissioned reviews to improve the delivery and integration of government services
  • undertakes research projects on critical challenges facing the future of the public sector.

The Victorian public sector comprises public service bodies and public entities. Here is a high level overview describing the composition of the Victorian public sector.


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The Public Administration Act 2004 requires the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) to establish and maintain a Register of Instruments.


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This is a listing of organisations that are employers of Victorian public sector staff.


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A brief history of public administration in Victoria, from 1855 to today.


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Machinery of Government refers to the allocation of functions and responsibilities between departments and ministers. In Victoria, these matters are the sole responsibility of the Premier.


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