Our objectives are set out in the Public Administration Act 2004.

They are to:

  • strengthen the efficiency, effectiveness and capability of the public sector to meet existing and emerging needs and deliver high quality services
  • maintain and advocate for public sector professionalism and integrity.

Functions and powers

Our functions are:

  • 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
  • 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. To perform its functions, the Commission can:

  • do all things necessary or convenient
  • require a public sector body to provide any document or information in a specific form
  • require personal information about an employee of a public sector body.

Vision and strategy

Our 2022-23 work program was delivered under the 2020-23 strategy, in line with the vision we set three years ago – a trusted public sector that delivers exceptional outcomes for the Victorian community.

We focused on 4 outcomes:

  1. An integrated and future-focused public sector
  2. An inclusive, high-performing and engaged workforce
  3. Empowering and engaged leaders
  4. Victorians trust the public sector.

Key highlights are grouped under 4 strategic priorities:

  1. Promoting workforce reform
  2. Supporting a positive employee experience
  3. Developing outstanding leadership and stewardship
  4. Promoting public trust.