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Linda Waugh, Merit Protection Commissioner

Commencing in the role in June 2018, Ms Waugh is the current Merit Protection Commissioner for the Australian Public Service and the Parliamentary Service.

Ms Waugh has over 20 years experience working within integrity agencies including the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, the NSW Ombudsman and the Victorian Ombudsman. Within these agencies she has held a variety of leadership roles working across the statutory functions of investigation, prevention, and education.

Ms Waugh has led large and complex investigations, been responsible for public sector research programs and the development of better practice publications on government administration and corruption prevention. Ms Waugh has conducted several legislative reviews at the request of the NSW Government, and implemented a state-wide training program directed toward building public sector integrity. She has deep experience in complaints handling and has worked across a variety of jurisdictions.

The role of the Merit Protection Commissioner

The Merit Protection Commissioner is an independent statutory office holder established under the Public Service Act 1999 and the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 who performs a range of statutory functions for the Australian Public Service and Parliamentary Service.

Those functions relate to the implementation of, and compliance with, the relevant employment frameworks and principles of the public and parliamentary service, as well as the operation of the broader integrity framework. We do this work principally through independent review of employment related action and decisions raised by Australian Public Service and Parliamentary Service employees.  

Staff in the Office of the Merit Protection Commissioner are employees of the Australian Public Service Commission. Under the Public Service Act, the Australian Public Service Commission provides staff, corporate support and services to assist the Merit Protection Commissioner to perform her statutory functions.

The Merit Protection Commissioner’s website has information about her full range of review, complaint and inquiry functions and activities, as well as information about how to make an application or complaint to the Merit Protection Commissioner, and links to useful resources and publications about the work of the office.

Last reviewed: 
19 February 2021