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Public Service Amendment Bill 2012

Prime Minister
Originating house
House of Representatives
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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.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 01 Mar 2012
Second reading moved 01 Mar 2012
Second reading debate 20 Aug 2012
Second reading agreed to 20 Aug 2012
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 28 Government and 3 Opposition agreed to
20 Aug 2012
Third reading agreed to 20 Aug 2012
Introduced and read a first time 22 Aug 2012
Second reading moved 22 Aug 2012
Second reading debate 07 Feb 2013
Second reading agreed to 07 Feb 2013
Committee of the Whole debate 07 Feb 2013
Third reading agreed to 07 Feb 2013
Text of bill as passed both Houses 07 Feb 2013
  • Act no.: 2
  • Year: 2013
14 Feb 2013

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

House of representatives


Schedules of amendments

No documents at present

Bills digest


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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • 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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