11.1 Public Service and Public Entity Employment

The Public Administration Act provides explicit authority to public service body heads in relation to the employment of public service employees (Part 3 of the Act). For public entity heads, the employment authority arises either from the legislation under which the public entity is established or under general employment laws.

Key employment powers include the capacity to appoint, promote, transfer and terminate employees’ employment. When exercising their employment powers, public service and public entity body heads must comply with the public sector values, code of conduct, employment principles and standards issued by the Victorian Public Sector Commission and any other relevant provisions of the Public Administration Act or regulations.

Further information: www.vpsc.vic.gov.au

11.2 Enterprise Agreement

An enterprise agreement is an agreement entered into between an employer and its employees and/or employee representatives that defines employment conditions for a set timeframe. There are a range of enterprise agreements that operate in the public sector. The Victorian Government’s views on industrial relations are explained in the Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015. It outlines key principles which underpin the government’s approach to industrial relations.

The Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement provides detailed information on the core conditions of employment for non-executive public service employees in Victoria. The agreement addresses:

  • the application and operation of the VPS agreement;
  • issues relating to communication, consultation and dispute resolution;
  • employment relationship and related arrangements such as redeployment;
  • salaries and classifications;
  • hours of work;
  • leave entitlements and public holidays; and
  • occupational health and safety.

Some employees in the intellectual disability area of the Department of Health and Human Services are covered by the agreement with the Health and Community Services Union. A small number of other staff in the VPS are covered by other agreements, for example, field staff in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and school nurses in the Department of Education and Training.

Further information: www.fwc.gov.au, www.economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au

11.3 Executive Employment

The Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) manages executive remuneration and the operation of employment policy for the Victorian Public Service (VPS) and the public sector. VPS executives are employed under Part 3 of the Public Administration Act. The Victorian Public Service Executive Employment Handbook provides details about the Government’s executive employment policy underpinning the Act.

Public entity executive remuneration is set by Government and managed by the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal). The VPSC provides advice and support on employment matters.

The Premier is the responsible Minister for all policy regarding the employment of public service and public entity executives and chief executive officers.

Further information: www.vpsc.vic.gov.auwww.vic.gov.au/victorian-independent-remuneration-tribunal

11.4 Other Employment Information

Other employment information about working in an organisation can be found in a range of sources. This could include an organisation’s induction program, intranet, managers or the human resources unit. These resources can provide information about employment conditions, organisational roles and structures, business processes, human resources policies and procedures, learning and development opportunities and occupational health and safety.

The Victorian Public Sector Commission website also contains information about employment in the public sector for both staff and managers.

Further information: www.vpsc.vic.gov.au