Objectives and functions

The Victorian Public Sector Commission was established in 2014. Our objectives are set out in the Public Administration Act 2004, each with supporting functions.

Our first objective is to strengthen the efficiency, effectiveness and capability of the public sector to meet existing and emerging needs and deliver high-quality services.

We do this by:

  • assessing, advising and supporting on issues relevant to public sector administration, governance, service delivery and workforce management and development
  • researching and disseminating best practice in relation to public sector administration, governance, service delivery and workforce management and development
  • collecting and reporting on whole of government data
  • conducting inquiries as directed by the Premier.

Our second objective is to maintain and advocate for public sector professionalism and integrity.

We do this by:

  • advocating for an apolitical and professional public sector
  • issuing and applying codes of conduct and standards
  • monitoring and reporting to public sector body Heads on compliance with the public sector values, codes of conduct, and public sector employment principles and standards
  • reviewing employment related actions and making recommendations following those reviews
  • maintaining a register of lobbyists and a register of instruments.

The powers of the Commission are listed in section 41 of the Public Administration Act 2004.

Vision and strategy

Our vision is a trusted public sector that delivers exceptional outcomes for the Victorian community. We prioritise work that supports outcomes in our Strategic plan 2020-23.

The outcomes are:

  • an integrated and future-focused public sector
  • an inclusive, high-performing and engaged workforce
  • empowered and engaged leaders
  • Victorians trust the public sector.

We do this by:

  • promoting workforce reform
  • supporting a positive employee experience
  • developing outstanding leadership
  • promoting behaviours that uphold public trust.

Machinery of government change

Public Sector Reform was transferred to the Victorian Public Sector Commission on 1 July 2021 from the Department of Premier and Cabinet in a machinery of government change.

The operations of Public Sector Reform for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 are included in this annual report.