The Public Service Act 1999 provides the legislative framework for reviews. The policy requires employee concerns be resolved quickly, impartially, fairly and consistent with alternative dispute resolution methods.
Merit has been a fundamental to the APS since the Public Service Act 1902. It has evolved from its early British roots to be embedded as an important Employment Principle in the Public Service Act 1999.
It is important to recognise that merit selection should not be at the cost, by default, of condoning poor decision-making. The APS must work towards simplifying the structure or process of merit while striving towards the ideal of 'absolute' merit.