Why is merit important to the APS?

Merit is important in the APS as we must operate without patronage, nepotism or favouritism to sustain public confidence and trust. Our environment expects:

  • apolitical service to the government of the day (APS Values)
  • high ethical standards with low tolerance for fraud and corruption
  • fair and consistent delivery of high quality public services, without discrimination or favouritism
  • open and transparent accountability for expenditure of taxpayer's money
  • regular statements of reasons and explanations for actions and decisions including Senate committees and 24/7 media scrutiny.

The way the APS recruits and promotes people effects our ability to consistently deliver high quality, ethical services.

A former Integrity Commissioner observed 'one of our weakest links is who we bring in and who we reward (promote)'—Phillip Moss, February 2014.