The purpose of the guidelines is to:
- Provide guidance on mobility through assignment in the Public Service under the provisions of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (GSE Act), enabling movement of non-executive employees within a public service agency and of executives across all public service agencies to provide employee development opportunities and improved deployment of workforce resources to meet organisation needs; and
- Assist employers and employees to implement the new approach under the GSE Act which provides for an employee to be employed in a classification of work or an executive band, and then assigned, and subsequently assigned, to one or more roles in that classification of work or band.
Under the Government Sector Employment (GSE) legislative framework, the Public Service Commissioner may make GSE rules on specific matters relating to employment in the NSW Public Service. Priority rules on key matters to support the operation of the GSE Act from its commencement were issued by the Public Service Commissioner on 20 February 2014.
As the concept of assigning employees to roles is new in the NSW Public Service, the operation of assignment to roles, including temporary assignments, will be via these guidelines pending the issuing of rules relating to assignments, which may be made under section 36 and section 48 of the GSE Act. These guidelines represent the policy position and intended rules on assignments to roles and temporary assignments and are expressed accordingly. Agencies are encouraged to apply the guidelines with the same level of compliance as is required for the GSE rules.
Prior to making a final set of rules on assignment to role and temporary assignment, the Public Service Commission will seek feedback from agencies on the operation of the provisions in these guidelines. It is anticipated these rules will be issued in the first half of 2016.
The guidelines do not displace existing industrial instruments and should not be used in place of the Managing Excess Employees policy and the Agency Change Management guidelines.
Refer to the Glossary in Appendix 1 for an explanation of terms used regularly throughout these guidelines.