The Public Service Act 2008 (PS Act) establishes employment on tenure as the default basis of employment in the Queensland public service, excluding non-industrial instrument employees, and sets out the circumstances where employment on tenure is not viable or appropriate. The PS Act also sets out the matters a chief executive must consider when deciding whether to offer to convert the employment of a fixed term temporary employee to employment as a general employee on tenure or a public service officer.
The legislation indicates where employment on tenure may not be appropriate.
- sets out requirements relating to performance management when a fixed term temporary employee is engaged
- highlights sections in the PS Act dealing with the employment and conversion of fixed term temporary employees
- sets out procedures for reviews and requirements for decisions.
What has changed in this directive?
|What’s new?||Previous directive|
|Changes terminology for temporary employment to fixed-term temporary employment.||Terminology is temporary employee.|
|Employee can request a conversion review for fixed-term temporary employment after every 12 months of continuous employment in the same agency. This is not appealable.||Minimum two years continuous employment in the same or substantially the same role for eligibility for a conversion review for temporary employment.|
|Eligibility for review no longer requires the continuous employment to have been in the same or substantially the same role.||Decision making criteria was only provided for in the directive 08/17 and not in the Public Service Act 2008.|
|The framework for conversion review and conversion conditions are now set out in the Public Service Act 2008, as is the definition of continuous employment.||Periods of casual service were unable to be counted towards periods of continuous eligible service. Directive 08/17 did not provide for allowance of breaks in service in one year periods.|
|Expands the definition of continuous employment to allow for periods of casual service and breaks in service of up to six weeks in a one-year period for a one year review, and up to twelve weeks in the two year period prior to the two year review.||N/A|
|New appeal right in relation to the hours of work offered on conversion to permanent employment.||N/A|