Are outcomes binding on an agency?

Independent selection advisory committee (ISAC) recommendations may result in the:

  • promotion or movement of candidates within the APS or
  • engagement of candidates from outside the APS.

The ISAC recommendations are not binding on agencies. If the recommendations are not accepted, subsequent promotion decisions are generally subject to promotion review (Regulation 5.2).

The agency head may write to the Merit Protection Commissioner where a breach of the Code of Conduct has been proven or an essential qualification has been lost and a candidate is no longer considered suitable for promotion.

Where this occurs after recommendations are made, the Merit Protection Commissioner considers their impact on a recommendation. The agency head may then move to the next suitable candidate and will still be following the recommendations of the ISAC. Therefore the subsequent promotions are not subject to promotion review.