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Public Service Classification Rules 2000

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0010/2005 Rules/Other as amended, taking into account amendments up to Public Service Classification Rules Amendment Instrument 2012 (No. 1)
The Rules provide an approved classification structure for the Australian Public Service.
Administered by: Prime Minister and Cabinet
Registered 26 Feb 2013
Start Date 05 Dec 2012
End Date 01 Feb 2013
Table of contents.

Public Service Classification Rules 2000

as amended

made under subsection 23 (1) of the

This compilation was prepared on 5 December 2012
taking into account amendments up to
Public Service Classification Rules Amendment Instrument 2012 (No. 1)

Prepared by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, Canberra


Contents

                        1      Name of Rules [see Note 1]                                                                 3

                        2      Commencement [see Note 1]                                                               3

                        3      Revocation of Public Service Classification Rules 1999                         3

                        4      Definitions — the dictionary                                                                3

                        6      Classification of APS employees: general                                            3

                        7      Classification of APS employees: section 26 agreement                       4

                        9      Classification of duties                                                                       4

                       10      Work level standards                                                                          5

                       11      Movement from a training classification                                               5

                       12      Reduction of classification of APS employee                                      5

                       13      Delegation                                                                                          5

Schedule 1                  Approved classifications                                                                   7

Schedule 2                  Training classifications                                                                     9

Dictionary                                                                                                                       10

Notes                                                                                                                              11


  

  

1              Name of Rules [see Note 1]

                These Rules are the Public Service Classification Rules 2000.

2              Commencement [see Note 1]

                These Rules commence on gazettal.

3              Revocation of Public Service Classification Rules 1999

                The Public Service Classification Rules 1999, made on 3 December 1999, are revoked.

4              Definitions — the dictionary

         (1)   The dictionary at the end of these Rules defines certain words and expressions, and includes references to certain words and expressions that are defined elsewhere in these Rules (signpost definitions).

Note   The dictionary only includes a signpost definition for a word or expression if the word or expression is used in more than one rule.

         (2)   The dictionary includes certain words and expressions relevant to these Rules that are defined in the Public Service Act 1999.

Note   These definitions are indicated by an asterisk (*) and have been included for information only to assist readers of the rules. Minor changes from the Act definitions are indicated by square brackets ([ ]).

         (3)   A definition in these Rules applies to each use of the word or expression in these Rules, unless the contrary intention appears.

                For the purposes of these Rules, a classification is an approved classification if it is:

                (a)    a classification under a modern award or a transitional APCS as in force at a particular time or as in force from time to time; or

               (b)    a classification mentioned in column 2 of Schedule 1; or

                (c)    a training classification mentioned in column 2 of Schedule 2.

Note   Subsection 23 (2) of the Act provides that the Classification Rules may apply, adopt or incorporate, with or without modification, any of the provisions of a modern award or a transitional APCS, as in force at a particular time or as in force from time to time.

6              Classification of APS employees: general

         (1)   An Agency Head must allocate an approved classification to each APS employee in the Agency.

         (2)   Subject to rule 7, the classification must be based on the group of duties that are determined by the Agency Head to be the duties to be performed by the employee in the Agency (other than duties temporarily assigned to the employee).

7              Classification of APS employees: section 26 agreement

         (1)   This rule applies to an Agency Head if:

                (a)    an ongoing APS employee moves to the Agency Head’s Agency in accordance with an agreement entered into under section 26 of the Act; and

               (b)    the agreement applies for:

                          (i)    a specified period, in accordance with the agreement and the Public Service Regulations 1999; or

                         (ii)    the duration of a specified task, in accordance with the agreement and those Regulations.

         (2)   The Agency Head must not comply with rule 6.

         (3)   The Agency Head must allocate to the employee:

                (a)    the approved classification that was allocated to the employee immediately before moving to the Agency; or

               (b)    another approved classification that is in the same group as the classification mentioned in paragraph (a).

         (4)   The allocation of a classification in accordance with subrule (3) does not prevent the employee from:

                (a)    performing the duties that are to be performed by the employee following the move to the Agency; and

               (b)    receiving the pay and other entitlements that are to be paid to the employee following the move to the Agency.

                For section 34 of the Act, an APS employee is classified as an SES employee if the employee's classification is any of the following approved classifications:

                (a)    Senior Executive Band 1;

               (b)    Senior Executive Band 2;

                (c)    Senior Executive Band 3.

9              Classification of duties

         (1)   An Agency Head must allocate an approved classification to each group of duties to be performed in the Agency.

         (2)   The classification must be the appropriate classification based on the work value requirements of the group of duties.

      (2A)   For SES classifications, the appropriate work value requirements are those described in the SES work level standards issued or approved by the Commissioner.

         (3)   If a training classification is allocated to the group of duties, the Agency Head must ensure that the duties include a requirement to undergo training.

         (4)   If the group of duties involves work value requirements applying to more than one classification, the Agency Head may allocate more than one classification (a broadband) to the group of duties.

         (5)   However, subrule (4) does not apply to a group of duties to be performed by an SES employee.

10            Work level standards

         (1)   An Agency Head must issue, in writing, work level standards describing the work requirements for each classification that is not an SES classification, applying to a group of duties to be performed in the Agency.

         (2)   Work level standards for a classification must reflect the work value requirements for the classification.

11            Movement from a training classification

         (1)   If an APS employee who is engaged at a training classification satisfactorily finishes each training requirement for the training classification, the Agency Head must allocate to the employee a classification mentioned in column 3 of Schedule 2 that relates to the employee’s training classification.

         (2)   This rule does not apply to the employee if the employee is engaged in accordance with subregulation 3.5 (4) of the Public Service Regulations 1999 for a specified term, or for the duration of a specified task, for the purpose of the employee gaining skills and experience.

12            Reduction of classification of APS employee

                For the purposes of subsection 23 (4) of the Act, the classification of an APS employee is reduced if the Agency Head allocates to the employee a classification that is in a lower classification group than the employee’s classification before the reduction.

13            Delegation

         (1)   An Agency Head may, in writing, delegate to a person any of the Agency Head’s powers or functions under these Rules (other than this rule).

         (2)   However, an Agency Head cannot delegate powers or functions to an outsider without the prior written consent of the Commissioner.

         (3)   A person (the first delegate) to whom powers or functions are delegated under subrule (1) may, in writing, delegate any of the powers or functions to another person (the second delegate).

         (4)   However, if the first delegate is subject to directions about the exercise of a power or function delegated under subrule (3), the first delegate must give corresponding directions to the second delegate.

         (5)   A power or function that is exercised or performed by a person under a delegation under subrule (3) is taken, for the purposes of these Rules, to have been exercised or performed by the person who originally delegated the corresponding power or function under subrule (1).

         (6)   A person exercising powers or functions under a delegation under this rule must comply with any directions of the Agency Head who delegated the power or function.

         (7)   For subrule (2):

outsider means a person other than:

                (a)    an APS employee; or

               (b)    a person appointed to an office by the Governor‑General, or by a Minister, under a law of the Commonwealth.


Schedule 1        Approved classifications

(paragraph 5 (b))

  

 

Column 1

APS group

Column 2

Classification

Group 1

APS Level 1

Group 2

APS Level 2

Group 3

APS Level 3

APS Meat Inspector 1

Customs Level 1

Group 4

APS Level 4

APS Meat Inspector 2

DAFF Band 1

Group 5

APS Level 5

APS Meat Inspector 3

Customs Level 2

Group 6

APS Level 6

APS Meat Inspector 4

Customs Level 3

DAFF Band 2

Examiner of Patents

Medical Officer Class 1

Valuer

Group 7

Antarctic Medical Practitioner Level 1

Customs Level 4

Executive Level 1

Medical Officer Class 2

Group 8

Antarctic Medical Practitioner Level 2

Customs Level 5

DAFF Band 3

Executive Level 2

Medical Officer Class 3

Medical Officer Class 4

Group 9

Antarctic Medical Practitioner Level 3

Chief of Division Grade 1

Chief Research Scientist Grade 1

Medical Officer Class 5

Senior Executive Band 1

Group 10

Chief of Division Grade 2

Chief Research Scientist Grade 2

Medical Officer Class 6

Senior Executive Band 2

Group 11

Chief of Division Grade 3

DAFF Band 4

Senior Executive Band 3

 

Schedule 2        Training classifications

(rules 5 and 11)

  

 

Column 1

Group

Column 2

Training classification

Column 3

Operational classification

APS Trainees

Apprentice APS (Trades)

APS Level 2

Cadet APS

APS Level 3

 

Cadet APS (Research Scientist)

APS Level 6

 

Graduate APS

APS Level 3

 

Trainee APS (Administrative)

APS Level 1

 

Trainee APS (Technical)

APS Level 3

Agency Trainees

Aboriginal Cadet

Customs Level 1

Customs Trainee

Customs Level 1

 

Cadet APS

Customs Level 1

 

Customs Trainee Graduate

Customs Level 2

 

Valuer‑in‑training

Valuer

 


Dictionary

(rule 3)

  

Note   Words and expressions defined in the Public Service Act 1999 are indicated by an asterisk (*) (see subrule 4 (2)). Minor changes from the Act are indicated by square brackets ([ ]). Except where otherwise indicated, the definitions are found in section 7 of the Act.

Act means the Public Service Act 1999.

*Agency means:

        (a)    a Department; or

       (b)    an Executive Agency; or

        (c)    a Statutory Agency.

*Agency Head means:

        (a)    the Secretary of a Department; or

       (b)    the Head of an Executive Agency; or

        (c)    the Head of a Statutory Agency.

approved classification see rule 5.

*APS means the Australian Public Service established by section 9 [of the Act].

*APS employee means:

        (a)    a person engaged under section 22 [of the Act]; or

       (b)    a person who is engaged as an APS employee under section 72 [of the Act].

classification includes a training classification.

classification group means a group of classifications mentioned in column 1 of Schedule 1.

Commissioner means the Public Service Commissioner appointed under the Act.

*modern award has the same meaning as in the Fair Work Act 2009.

*SES means the Senior Executive Service established by section 35 [of the Act].

SES classification means the classifications of Senior Executive Band 1, Senior Executive Band 2 and Senior Executive Band 3.

*SES employee has the meaning given by section 34 [of the Act].

Note   See rules 6 and 8 in relation to the classification of SES employees.

training classification means a classification mentioned in column 2 of Schedule 2.

*transitional APCS has the meaning given by Schedule 2 to the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009.

 


Notes to the Public Service Classification Rules 2000

Note 1

The Public Service Classification Rules 2000 (in force under subsection 23 (1) of the Public Service Act 1999) as shown in this compilation is amended as indicated in the Tables below.

For all relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions see Table A.

Table of Instruments

Title

Date of notification
in Gazette or FRLI registration

Date of
commencement

Application, saving or
transitional provisions

Public Service Classification Rules 2000

29 Nov 2000 (see Gazette 2000, No. GN47)

29 Nov 2000

 

Public Service Classification Amendment Rules 2006 (No. 1)

23 June 2006 (see F2006L01950)

1 July 2006

Public Service Classification Rules Amendment 2012 (No. 1

4 Dec 2012 (see F2012L02311)

5 Dec 2012

Sch. 2 (item 1)

Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted      am. = amended      rep. = repealed      rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

R. 5.........................................

am. 2012 No. 1

R. 8.........................................

am. 2012 No. 1

R. 9.........................................

am. 2012 No. 1

R. 10.......................................

am. 2012 No. 1

Schedule 1

 

Schedule 1............................

rs. 2006 No. 1

 

am. 2012 No. 1

Table A                  Application, saving or transitional provisions

Public Service Classification Rules Amendment Instrument 2012 (No. 1)

Schedule 2            Transitional

Item 1     Transitioning from Senior Executive (Specialist) Band to Senior Executive Band

                If, before the commencement of this Schedule, an Agency Head had allocated to an APS employee a classification of:

                (a)    Senior Executive (Specialist) Band 1;

               (b)    Senior Executive (Specialist) Band 2; or

                (c)    Senior Executive (Specialist) Band 3,

on and from the commencement of this Schedule, the Agency Head is taken to have allocated to that employee an approved classification in accordance with the following table:

Classification before commencement of this Schedule

Approved classification on and from commencement of this Schedule

Senior Executive (Specialist) Band 1

Senior Executive Band 1

Senior Executive (Specialist) Band 2

Senior Executive Band 2

Senior Executive (Specialist) Band 3

Senior Executive Band 3