How do reviews support the legislative and policy framework?

Together, the APS Values and Employment Principles shape the culture of the APS. Individually and collectively they provide assurance to the:

  • Parliament
  • public
  • APS agencies and employees

on the quality and fairness of an agency's employment decision-making.

They help build trust.

Independent reviews of workplace conflict help build trust by:

  • providing an impartial environment
  • managing different perceptions of an issue
  • addressing mistakes, and
  • improving decisions and outcomes.

International public sector research note important relationships between perceived 'fairness' of decisions and attitudes to employee engagement and discretionary effort.

In Australia, the importance of perceptions of 'fairness' has been confirmed in successive APS State of the Service Reports.