Our vision

A trusted public sector that delivers exceptional outcomes for the Victorian community.

Our purpose

Our purpose is set out in Section 38 of the Public Administration Act. It is described as two objectives, each with supporting functions.

Objective A

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.

Objective B

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.

Our identity

As a Commission, we share one identity, built on our role and attributes. It guides the way we work.

Our role

Role The way we work

Think long term

Remain apolitical

Be stable amidst change


 Amplify good practice

Show integrity and professionalism

Provide useful and practical advice


Promote collaboration

Make connections

Share what works

Thought leader

Consider wider context

Research and disseminate

Model and influence

Our attributes

Attributes The way we work

Aspire to excellence

Maintain high standards

Strive to improve


Deliver at pace

Apply leading practice

Modernise and update


Develop reliable expertise

Communicate deep knowledge

Be approachable

Our values

As a Commission, we live the public sector values set out in the Public Administration Act 2004:


We provide frank, impartial and timely advice to the government. We provide high-quality services to the Victorian community, identifying and promoting best practice.


We are honest, open and transparent in our dealings. We use powers responsibly, report improper conduct, and avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest. We strive to earn and sustain public trust of a high level.


We make decisions and provide advice on merit without bias, caprice, favouritism or self-interest. We act fairly by objectively considering all relevant facts and applying fair criteria. We implement government policies and programs equitably.


We work to clear objectives in a transparent manner, accepting responsibility for our decisions and actions. We seek to achieve best use of resources and submit ourselves to appropriate scrutiny.


We treat others fairly and objectively, ensuring freedom from discrimination, harassment and bullying. We use the community’s views to improve outcomes on an ongoing basis.


We actively implement, promote and support these values.

Human Rights

We make decisions and provide advice consistent with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. We actively implement, promote and support human rights.