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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 2013 (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 02 Feb 2013
End Date 30 Nov 2014
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Public Service Classification Rules 2000

as amended

made under subsection 23(1) of the

Public Service Act 1999

Compilation start date:          2 February 2013

Includes amendments up to:   Public Service Classification Rules Amendment 2013 (No. 1)

 

About this compilation

The compiled instrument

This is a compilation of the Public Service Classification Rules 2000 as amended and in force on 2 February 2013. It includes any amendment affecting the compiled instrument to that date.

This compilation was prepared on 2 February 2013.

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending Acts and instruments and the amendment history of each amended provision.

Uncommenced provisions and amendments

If a provision of the compiled Act is affected by an uncommenced amendment, the text of the uncommenced amendment is set out in the endnotes.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for amendments

If the operation of an amendment is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision, the provision is set out in the endnotes.

Modifications

If a provision of the compiled instrument is affected by a textual modification that is in force, the text of the modifying provision is set out in the endnotes.

Provisions ceasing to have effect

If a provision of the compiled Act has expired or otherwise ceased to have effect in accordance with a provision of the Act, details of the provision are set out in the endnotes.

 

 

  

  

  


Contents

1............ Name of Rules.................................................................................... 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Revocation of Public Service Classification Rules 1999..................... 1

4............ Definitions—the dictionary................................................................. 1

5............ Approved classifications..................................................................... 1

6............ Classification of APS employees: general........................................... 1

7............ Classification of APS employees: section 26 agreement..................... 2

8............ Classification of SES employees......................................................... 2

9............ Classification of duties........................................................................ 2

10.......... Work level standards........................................................................... 3

11.......... Movement from a training classification............................................. 3

12.......... Reduction of classification of APS employee..................................... 3

13.......... Delegation........................................................................................... 3

Schedule 1—Approved classifications                                                      5

Schedule 2—Training classifications                                                         7

Dictionary                                                                                                                             8

Endnotes                                                                                                                               9

Endnote 1—Legislation history                                                                               9

Endnote 2—Amendment history                                                                          10

Endnote 3—Application, saving and transitional provisions                  11

Public Service Classification Rules Amendment Instrument 2012 (No. 1)     11

Endnote 4—Uncommenced amendments                                                        12

Endnote 5—Misdescribed amendments                                                            13

 


1  Name of Rules

                   These Rules are the Public Service Classification Rules 2000.

2  Commencement

                   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.

5  Approved classifications

                   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.

8  Classification of SES employees

                   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 1Approved 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 2Training 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.

 


Endnotes

 

Endnote 1—Legislation history

This endnote sets out details of the legislation history of the Public Service Classification Rules 2000.

 

Title

Gazettal or FRLI registration date

Commencement
date

Application, saving and 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)

Public Service Classification Rules Amendment 2013 (No. 1)

1 Feb 2013 (see F2013L00146)

2 Feb 2013

 

Endnote 2—Amendment history

This endnote sets out the amendment history of the Public Service Classification Rules 2000.

 

ad. = added or inserted    am. = amended    rep. = repealed    rs. = repealed and substituted    exp. = expired or ceased to have effect

Provision affected

How affected

Heading to r. 5.....................

ad. 2013 No. 1

r. 5...................................... ............................................

am. 2012 No. 1; 2013 No. 1

Heading to r. 8.....................

ad. 2013 No. 1

r. 8......................................

am. 2012 No. 1; 2013 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

Endnote 3—Application, saving and transitional provisions

This endnote sets out applications, saving and transitional provisions for amendments of the Public Service Classification Rules 2000.

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

 

 

 

Endnote 4—Uncommenced amendments

This endnote sets out applications, saving and transitional provisions for amendments of the Public Service Classification Rules 2000.

There are no uncommenced amendments.

 

 

Endnote 5—Misdescribed amendments

This endnote sets out applications, saving and transitional provisions for amendments of the Public Service Classification Rules 2000.

There are no misdescribed amendments.