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AU WA S1111




  • 1987-01-01 - (Creation)
  • 1967 - 1987 (Accumulation)

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AU WA A122 - PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION [1] (1905-04-17 - 1971-02-02)

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In 1894, a Royal Commission was appointed to investigate the organisation of the Civil Establishment and though inconclusive, the findings of the Commission led to the passing of the first Public Service Act in 1900 (No. 21 of 1900). This Act incorporated the existing British Colonial Office Rules and practices into one charter and placed the administration of the service in the hands of Ministers of Departments. However, each Department was still a separate organisation and was not responsible to a central co-ordinating body. This led to irregularities and lack of uniformity between Departments in staffing, salaries and classification.

To overcome these problems and to try to bring an end to the long period of political patronage of the public service, a new Public Service Act was passed (No. 41 of 1904). This Act was proclaimed on 17 April 1905 and brought the Public Service under the administration of an independent Commissioner. The first Commissioner, Martin Edward Jull, was appointed on the 20 April 1905.

In 1970, the Government passed legislation establishing a Public Service Board and abolishing the Public Service Commission. The Public Service Board came into being in February 1971.

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AU WA A123 - PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD (1971-02-02 - 1988-01-01)

Administrative history

In 1970, the Government passed legislation abolishing the Public Service Commission and establishing the Public Service Board (Public Service Act Amendment Act No. 81 of 1970).

The first Public Service Board was appointed on the 2 February 1971. The 1904 Public Service Act (No. 41 of 1904) was repealed by the 1978 Public Service Act (No. 86 of 1978) which became effective from the 16 May 1979.

The aim of the Public Service Board was to ensure the efficient operation of the Public Service and to advise the government on matters affecting the Service.

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General administrative files of the Public Service Board.

This series constitutes the third filing system for the Public Service Commission's/Board's administrative files. The files were originally created and numbered using an annual single number system (i.e. as Record Series No. 231). The files were later top-numbered by the Public Service Board using its seconding filing system (Records Series No. 232) before being top-numbered again under this series.


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Series description updated 16/07/2008 - DJH

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