Former chief of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), the Hon John Lloyd PSM, has been appointed to head the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) for a five-year period commencing 14 December 2014.
The appointment comes at a time in which the government is in the midst of negotiating a new enterprise bargaining agreement to cover 160,000 Commonwealth public servants, and the delivery of a controversial sub-inflation pay rise to the Defence force of 1.5 percent per annum.
As the Australian Public Service Commissioner, it is Lloyd’s role to liaise with other public service chiefs to ensure that the bureaucracies have the organisational and workforce capability to meet future needs.
According to a media release from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Lloyd brings “extensive public sector experience particularly in the areas of employment and workplace relations” to the role.
The announcement that Lloyd would be heading the APSC came amidst a flurry of other appointments including: a new Electoral Commissioner, Chief Statistician, three Australian Federal Police deputy commissioners, and four appointments to the Board of Taxation.