1. Appoint and Promote Top Talent
The PSC is the authority for the appointment of officers to the Administrative Service, as well as the appointment and promotion of officers to senior management ranks (i.e. Superscale D or Grade 7 and above) which mark a major career milestone in the Civil Service. Its role is to ensure that the right person is chosen for the job, and that the selection process is impartial.
2. Maintain Discipline
Dismissal and disciplinary control of civil servants are vested in the PSC under Article 110(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore. As an independent body, the PSC ensures impartiality in the disciplinary proceedings.
Public officers who misconduct themselves are dealt with under one of the three disciplinary procedures listed below. The disciplinary process ensures that officers are treated fairly, regardless of rank or seniority.
- Public Service (Disciplinary Proceedings) Regulations;
- Public Service Commission (Delegation of Disciplinary Functions) Directions: The PSC has delegated to the Permanent Secretaries, part of its functions pertaining to the discipline of officers for minor offences; and
- Public Service Commission (Prison Officers) (Disciplinary Proceedings - Delegation of Functions) Directions: The PSC has delegated to the Director of Prisons, part of its functions pertaining to the discipline of junior Prisons Officers for minor offences.
3. Functions Delegated to Personnel Boards
To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel management in the Civil Service, the PSC devolved several of its functions to a hierarchy of personnel boards in 1995. The PSC however continues to maintain a check on the system through its role as the final Appeals Board.
4. Consider Appeals for Promotion
As the final board of appeal in cases where public officers disagree with decisions taken by the personnel boards and Appeals Board, the PSC weeds out any bias and prejudice in the Civil Service personnel system. It ensures that civil servants are treated fairly and consistently.