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19 August 2015

New Public Services (Management) Act 2014 comes into force


The Department of Personnel Management successfully brought into operation the new Public Services (Management) Act, effective as of October 1, 2014.

The new PSMA 2014 was one of several important administrative and legislative reforms which DPM was tasked to implement by the O’Neill/Dion Government as per the Alotau Accord of 2012.

The other new reforms include:

  • The new Public Services (Employment) Regulations 2014 on employment of Departmental Heads, Provincial Administrators, District Administrators, Chief Executive Officers;
  • The new Public Services (Employment) Regulations 2014 on employment of citizen and non-citizen technical advisors;
  • The new performance based contract of employment and standard terms and conditions of employment of Departmental Heads, Provincial Administrators, District Administrators, Chief Executive Officers of Statutory Bodies and senior officers holding contract positions.

The new PSMA 2014 was passed by Parliament on September 5, 2014 and certified by the Speaker of National Parliament on September 19, 2014. It replaces the old one which has been in operation since 1995.