Legal Mandate of the Public Service Commission 

The Public Service Commission is a Constitutional body and derives  its mandate primarily under Article 60 of the constitution.

Article 60 of the Constitution mandates PSC shall:

  • be responsible for the appointment and promotion of public servants and the
    selection of those to undergo training courses in Vanuatu or overseas. For such
    purposes, it may organize competitive examinations;
  • be responsible for the discipline of public service employees;
  • have no authority over the members of the judiciary, the armed forces, the
    police. and the teaching services;
  • not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or body in the
    exercise of its functions. 

Major Functions of the Commission include;

  • to provide policy advice to Government on matters relating to the efficiency and
    effectiveness of the Public Service and in human resource development; 
  • the appointment and promotion of employees on merit;
  •  the resolution of employment disputes and discipline of employees in
    accordance with the PSC Act;
  • to promote the code of conduct in Part 5 of the PSC Act;
  • coordinating and providing training programs in Vanuatu for, and assisting with,
    the training of employees;
  • to provide guidelines to Director Generals, Directors and to the Public Service
    in managing or developing employees in good employer systems and
  • to ensure the observance of the rule of law in public affairs;
  •  to ensure compliance with and be responsible for the administration of the
    Public Service Act;
  •  to set targets for the delivery of services by the Commission;
  • to provide regular reports in writing to the Minister on the performance of the

ln carrying out its functions, the Commission must have regard to the policies of the
Government, its independence, not be subject to the direction or control of any other
person or body, and have regard to its obligation to act as a 'good employer'.
The Commission's duty to act as a good employer includes to ensure the fair and
proper treatment of employees in all aspects of their employment; require the selection
of persons for appointments and promotion to be based upon merit; promote good and
safe working conditions; encourage the enhancement of the abilities of individual
employees; and promote and encourage an equal opportunities programme.