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Organisation Public Service Commissioner (1918 - )
- Government Agency
The Public Service Commissioner replaced the Public Service Board. Under the Public Service Act 1923, the Public Service Commissioner organised and staffed government departments, supervised the way they worked, and attempted to improve their efficiency by measuring and monitoring their work practices. He also investigated incidents of maladministration in the public service. For instance, in 1965, he undertook an investigation into the management of Weeroona Girls' Home. There were only a few constraints on his authority and these varied over the years. One of them was a Public Service Appeal Board, established in 1958, which enabled public servants to appeal against his decisions.
The Public Service Commissioner became a separate department in 1924. However, since it was supposed to be non-political it did not have a minister.
- Wettenhall, RL, A Guide to Tasmanian Government Administration, Platypus Publications, Hobart, 1968, 206 pp. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: Wettenhall, RL, A Guide to Tasmanian Government Administration, Platypus Publications, Hobart, 1968, 206 pp.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 21 March 2012, Last modified: 3 July 2012