This document is part of the Victorian Public Service executive employment resource.
This section assists:
- employers and human resource administrators recruiting executives; and
- executives by providing information on what they may expect from recruitment to appointment.
2.1 Recruitment, Selection and Appointment Process
The VPS is a major employer and exercises a signiﬁcant leadership role within the broader public sector. Recruiting the right people is integral to ensuring the maintenance of the Public Sector Values. The process followed to recruit executives therefore needs to demonstrate a fair and consistent approach. This means proper thought, planning, and a rigorous assessment should be undertaken, balanced against the public sector Employment Principles.
The public sector Employment Principles are outlined in section 8 of the PAA and are binding on all public sector bodies. They require public sector body Heads to establish employment processes that ensure:
- employment decisions are based on merit
- public sector employees are treated fairly and reasonably
- equal employment opportunity is provided
- human rights as set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities are upheld
- public sector employees have a reasonable avenue of redress against unfair or unreasonable treatment
- in the case of the public service bodies, the development of a career public service is fostered.
2.1.1. How Do I Recruit for an Executive Position?
Each public sector body should have in place policies and guidelines for recruiting, selecting, and appointing people. A generic recruitment, selection and appointment process is outlined in appendix A. Reference should also be made to the VPSC’s publication Merit in Employment guidelines.
2.1.2 Pre-employment screening
Inadequate pre-employment screening processes have been identified by the Independent Broad based Anti-corruption Commission as a significant risk to the integrity of the Victorian public sector. VPS employers are expected to ensure appropriate pre-employment misconduct screening processes are used when recruiting executives. The VPS Pre-employment Screening Policy, released by VPSC in October 2018, is mandatory for VPS employers.
2.1.3. Who has the Authority to Make an Appointment?
Appointments of executives in the public service are approved by the relevant employer being the applicable Public Service Body Head or, in the case of a public service body Head, the Premier.
2.1.4 Classification of executive roles
In 2018 the Victorian Secretaries Board endorsed the VPS Executive Classification Framework. The Framework is being implemented over a two-year period. The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) has established a time-limited team to deliver executive classification assessment services for departments and their connected service agencies through a fee for service agreement. Once implementation is complete, all VPS executive roles will align with the classifications set out in the Framework.
Executives should contact their HR unit for further information on implementation of the Framework in their department or agency. HR units can contact the VPSC via email at email@example.com
Executives have previously been titled Executive Officers (EO). This terminology is being replaced with the Senior Executive Service (SES). Further information on the transition from EO to SES and other related reforms to remuneration is available at the VPSC’s Victorian Public Service Executive Employment webpage.
2.2 Can Applicants Seek a Review of a Selection Decision?
Public service employees may apply to the public service body for an initial review of a proposed appointment or promotion on the ground of a signiﬁcant deﬁciency in the selection process. That is, the review cannot be on the ground of relative merit.
Public service employees may apply to the VPSC for a review of the initial review process in the public service body on the ground that it was unfair, or inconsistent with the PAA or the standards.
The provisions outlined above are prescribed in the Public Administration (Review of Actions) Regulations 2015. Applicants in the following categories cannot access a review under these Regulations:
- public entity employees;
- former public service employees; and
- public service employees seeking employment in a public entity.
However, this should not prevent an applicant from raising any concerns they have with the relevant organisation and expecting those concerns to be addressed. Also, if an applicant considers there was an error in the application of the public sector values and/or employment principles they may raise their concerns with the VPSC.
2.3 Information Privacy