1. The APS is a career based public service that:

  1. makes fair employment decisions with a fair system of review; and

  2. recognises that the usual basis for engagement is as an ongoing APS employee; and

  3. makes decisions relating to engagement and promotion that are based on merit; and

  4. requires effective performance from each employee; and

  5. provides flexible, safe and rewarding workplaces where communication, consultation, cooperation and input from employees on matters that affect their workplaces are valued; and

  6. provides workplaces that are free from discrimination, patronage and favouritism; and

  7. recognises the diversity of the Australian community and fosters diversity in the workplace.

Decisions based on merit

2. For the purposes of paragraph (1)(c), a decision relating to engagement or promotion is based on merit if:

  1. all eligible members of the community were given a reasonable opportunity to apply to perform the relevant duties; and

  2. an assessment is made of the relative suitability of the candidates to perform the relevant duties, using a competitive selection process; and

  3. the assessment is based on the relationship between the candidates' work-related qualities and the work-related qualities genuinely required to perform the relevant duties; and

  4. the assessment focuses on the relative capacity of the candidates to achieve outcomes related to the relevant duties; and

  5. the assessment is the primary consideration in making the decision.

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