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The role of the Senior Executive Services (SES) is to provide APS-wide strategic leadership of the highest quality that contributes to an effective and cohesive APS (Public Service Act 1999 section 35(2)).

The role of the SES

Members of the SES have a role in the APS that goes beyond that of other leaders. This role is acknowledged in the Public Service Act 1999 (the Act). Section 35 of the Act states that the functions of the SES are to:

  • provide APS wide strategic leadership of the highest quality that contributes to an effective and cohesive APS
  • provide professional/specialist expertise, policy advice, program or service delivery, and regulatory administration at a  high level
  • promote cooperation within and between other agencies including to deliver outcomes across Agency and portfolio boundaries
  • promote, by personal example and other appropriate means, the APS Values, the APS Employment Principles and compliance with the Code of Conduct.

The SES also has a role in supporting Secretaries as stewards of the broader APS. Stewardship looks to build for the future, continually developing the right capability so that the APS can always deliver the best  outcomes for the Australian community.

SES Adviser

Individual SES employees can contact a nominated SES Adviser in the Australian Public Service Commission to discuss issues relating to their own employment. This can be on any topic and can include, for example, potential redundancies, retraining and development opportunities, and redeployment and retirement options.

All issues dealt with by the Adviser are treated on a confidential basis (as far as the law allows) and are not raised with another party unless the SES employee involved wishes to take the matter further.

The SES Adviser has no authority to review or overturn decisions.

Currently, the SES Adviser role is performed by Jacquie Walton. She can be contacted on 02 6202 3742.

SES Learning and Development

Information on SES learning and development.

SES Information

Information for APS agencies to assist them to manage selection, mobility and separation matters for SES employees can be found in the guide: Senior Executive Service: an HR practitioner's guide to engagement, promotion,  mobility and separation.

Other information is available in the following pages:

Last reviewed: 
22 July 2020