Information for Parliamentary Service employees

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Can staff move between the Parliamentary Service and the Australian Public Service?

There are mobility arrangements that allow easy movement between the Parliamentary Service and the APS.

The Parliamentary Service and APS legislation gives some reciprocal access and review rights in respect of jobs to employees in the two services. These are:

Employees from one Service are able to be engaged in the other Service at a comparable level without it being necessary to advertise the job in the Public Service Gazette.

If an employee in one Service is unsuccessful in gaining a job at a higher comparable level they are able to apply for a review of that promotion decision even though it would be an engagement decision.

Employees in the Services can also seek promotion review of a decision to engage an employee of the other Service at a higher comparable level.

I’m a Parliamentary Service manager/supervisor, what Parliamentary Service Merit Protection Commissioner functions can I access?

As a manager or supervisor you can access a range of functions provided by the Merit Protection Commissioner, including:

Who does the review work?

Parliamentary Service casework is undertaken by the Office of the Merit Protection Commissioner.

Further information can be obtained from the Review Team in the Sydney office by emailing

Who is the Parliamentary Service Merit Protection Commissioner?

Ms Godwin was appointed Parliamentary Service Merit Protection Commissioner by the Governor-General in January 2008 for a five year term and in 2013 was reappointed for a second five year term. She has a similar role as the Australian Public Service (APS) Merit Protection Commissioner.

Ms Godwin has previously worked at Parliament in the former Department of Parliamentary and Reporting Services.

What is the legislative base for the Commissioner’s role?

The Parliamentary Service Act 1999 (the Act) establishes the Parliamentary Service as a separate service from the APS.

Section 47 of the Act establishes the independent statutory office of the Parliamentary Service Merit Protection Commissioner.

What are the Parliamentary Service Values?

The Parliamentary Service Values and Employment Principles are outlined at part 3 of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999.

What is the Parliamentary Service Code of Conduct?

 The Parliamentary Service Code of Conduct is outlined at part 3 of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999.

I want more information

The Parliamentary Service and APS review functions are very similar.

More information is available by accessing the topics on the MPC home page or MPC resources pages.

For specific questions, contact your HR area or the Review team.

Who is eligible to apply for review?

All current non-Senior Executive Service (SES) employees of the Parliamentary Service are eligible to apply for review. 

Only current Parliamentary Service Level 1–5 employees who have applied for promotion to Level 2–6 positions can apply for promotion review.

Former Parliamentary Service employees have limited rights of review for:

  1. a decision that they have breached the Code of Conduct after their Parliamentary Service employment ceased (Section 48A, Parliamentary Service Act 1999)
  2. the final entitlements paid (Parliamentary Service Determination, Division 3, clause 115).

Employees of the Australian Public Service (APS) have similar review schemes.

I’m a Parliamentary Service employee, what is reviewable?

A wide range of employment decisions and actions are reviewable.

What can and can't be reviewed for Parliamentary Service employees is similar to APS employees.

Parliamentary Service employees can also seek review of certain promotion decisions  (Division 2, Parliamentary Services Act).

These are reviewed by the Parliamentary Merit Protection Commissioner  (the Commissioner).

To apply for review in the Parliamentary Service is similar to applying for review in the APS.

You can contact the HR area in your Department or the review team in the Sydney Office.