In addition to issuing Determinations and Guidelines, the Commissioner will occasionally publish other information relevant to public sector employees.

Our public sector proudly worked alongside South Australians affected by the 2019/20 bushfires to meet immediate needs and help communities recover.

Many public sector employees volunteered to assist the bushfire effort.

In January 2020, the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment reminded chief executives and agency heads in the public sector of the across-government leave provisions regarding employees who volunteer to assist the bushfire effort, or who are part of the mobilisation of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserve Brigades.

Special Leave with Pay for Volunteers

For employees covered by the Commissioner’s Determination 3.1: Employment Conditions – Hours of Work, Overtime and Leave (CD3.1), Special Leave With Pay (SLWP) for a period not exceeding 15 days per service year may be approved for the purposes of community responsibilities, which includes volunteering for community organisations. Additional leave for a reasonable period to allow an employee to rest before returning to duty may be granted at your chief executive’s discretion.

If CD3.1 is not applicable, chief executives and agency heads are encouraged to adopt the Commissioner’s determination as a guideline if no other relevant policies or industrial instruments apply.

Special Leave with Pay for Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists Called Out to Serve

To respond to the 2019/20 bushfire season, the Australian Government mobilised the ADF Reserve Brigades to assist with the bushfire emergency across Australia.

Commonwealth legislation requires employers to immediately release any employee who is an ADF reservist subject to the call out. In 2020, the Chief of the Defence Force directed that any members of the Reserves covered by the Call Out who were engaged in emergency services were not bound to render service.

Further information on Call Out orders can be located here.

For administrative purposes, employees who received a mandatory call out notice should have been provided with Special Leave With Pay (SLWP) in line with the Call Out order. Please note that our office will update the call out provisions within CD3.1 in the near future to reflect SLWP for this purpose.

During difficult periods, we need to look after our employees. Public sector employees can access the employee assistance programs (EAP) available to them. Details of your EAP should be available on your agency’s intranet site, or alternatively, speak to your manager or human resources unit.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact either your agency’s line manager or the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment on 1800 317 333 or email

There is a Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian Defence Force and the South Australian Public Sector regarding the administration of reservists undertaking reserve service under the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001. This Memorandum is currently under joint review with the Commonwealth Defence Department.

Defence Reserve Service MOU

The Government supports access to flexibility at all levels across the South Australian Public Sector, and a culture where working flexibly is considered business as usual. Flexibility can take many forms and it is important to support our people to find the right balance between work and other responsibilities and interests. Redesigning roles to enable people to take up flexible arrangements, including part-time employment, will also open up opportunities for talented South Australians to join the South Australian Public Sector and contribute to strengthening our public sector.

Our approach to flexibility is underpinned by the Code of Ethics for Public Sector Employees and the Public Sector Values.

Flexibility at Work- Information for Managers and Employees
Flexible Workplaces Cultural Readiness Assessment Tool

The South Australian Public Sector Fraud and Corruption Control Policy was developed in consultation with public sector agencies to assist them in the prevention, detection and response to activities labelled or defined as fraud or corruption, other criminal conduct, misconduct and maladministration within the sector.

SA Public Sector Fraud and Corruption Control Policy

To be eligible for employment in the South Australian Public Sector, candidates are required to complete a Pre-Employment Declaration.

The Premier has issued a Direction which requires agencies to seek the information contained in this Pre-Employment Declaration prior to making an offer of employment to any prospective employee.

Agencies must use this Pre-Employment Declaration as a minimum standard. Further details of the pre-employment screening requirements are included in the Commissioner’s Guideline for Recruitment.

Pre-Employment Declaration

This information sheet outlines the requirements for a public sector employee if they are the successful candidate in a South Australian State election.

Public sector employees contesting elections

Technology has forever changed the way people communicate and share information. While the wide range of technologies commonly referred to as social media are fundamentally no different to other forms of communication, they are potentially revolutionary because they can connect large numbers of people with relative ease.

We want to put citizens firmly at the centre of government service delivery and information distribution. Social media technologies can support this aim because they are intrinsically about dialogue and engagement within and between individuals and communities.

The purpose of this guide is to create awareness of some of the opportunities that social media present for government, as well as making agencies and staff aware of how to manage the risks associated with the use of this kind of technology.

Social media guidance for agencies and staff

This guide has been developed to assist agencies to build workforce planning capability so they are better positioned to meet their strategic and business plans.

Working It Out- A Workforce Planning Guide

A practical guide for decision makers, managers and human resource officers in the South Australian Public Sector.

To access please click here.