Public Service Amendment Bill 2012

Prime Minister 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Amends the
Public Service Act 1999
  to: clarify the roles and responsibilities of secretaries of departments and revise their employment arrangements; create the Secretaries Board to replace the Management Advisory Committee; amend the role and responsibilities of the Senior Executive Service; clarify the role and functions of the Australian Public Service (APS) Commissioner; appoint Special Commissioners to assist the commissioner in undertaking certain reviews; revise the APS Values and provide for a set of APS Employment Principles; and make technical amendments in relation to: code of conduct; whistleblower reports; review of actions; temporary APS employees; machinery of government changes; confidentiality of information; immunity from suit; and legislative instruments. Also makes consequential amendments to nine other Acts and repeals the
Public Employment (Consequential and Transitional) Amendment Act 1999

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House of Representatives
01 Mar 2012Introduced and read a first time
01 Mar 2012Second reading moved
20 Aug 2012Second reading debate
20 Aug 2012Second reading agreed to
20 Aug 2012Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 28 Government and 3 Opposition agreed to
20 Aug 2012Third reading agreed to
22 Aug 2012Introduced and read a first time
22 Aug 2012Second reading moved
07 Feb 2013Second reading debate
07 Feb 2013Second reading agreed to
07 Feb 2013Committee of the Whole debate
07 Feb 2013Third reading agreed to

07 Feb 2013Text of bill as passed both Houses
14 Feb 2013Assent

Act no.: 2

Year: 2013

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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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