What is a public sector policy

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Policy statements communicate matters of strategic importance concerning public sector labour relations and industrial relations.

A policy statement is designed to:

  1. outline a government direction that is not enunciated in other legislative, regulatory or administrative documentation; and/or
  2. represent a course of action and/or an act of discretion to achieve a government’s objective or decision; and/or
  3. flag key issues and provide a framework and foundation for agencies to develop their own workplace specific policies.

The policy statements do not attempt to provide agency-specific industrial information. It is therefore imperative that agencies refer to the detailed information contained in:

  • Awards and agreements covering individual workplaces
  • Circulars to Departments and Authorities
  • Industrial Legislation

The policy statements are dynamic documents and may be updated to reflect changing circumstances. 

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