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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


Public service

The Commonwealth Public Service was formed on 1 January 1901 and resulted in the transfer of many officers from state government departments. The Commonwealth Public Service Act 1902 provided for a Public Service Commissioner and up to six public service inspectors. John Gardiner was South Australia's first Public Service Inspector until he retired in 1916. Inspectors were responsible for the inspection of departments, and assessing the suitability of officers for the tasks required and quality of their services. In 1978 inspectors were redesignated as regional directors of the Public Service Board, which was abolished in 1997.

Records relating to the public service in South Australia held by the Archives include the index to permanent staff lists, policy files and correspondence. All Archives offices hold microform copies of the Commonwealth Permanent Staff (Seniority) lists from 1906 to 1972.

SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra
Recorded by: Office of the Public Service Board
Index to permanent public service staff lists and establishment classifications, 1905–46 A803
Sydney
Recorded by: Public Service Inspector, South Australia
Classification of the Commonwealth Public Service – signed and annotated by the then Public Service Inspector, John Gardiner, 1904 AP558/18
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, Chapter 12, 9 July 1900 – annotated copy belonging to the then Public Service Inspector, John Gardiner, 1905 AP558/14
Examinations registers, 1909–59 AP558/24
Regulations under the provisions of the Commonwealth Public Service Act 1902, annotated and signed by Public Service Inspector, John Gardiner, 1913–14 AP558/16
Policy files, 1913–87 D1096
Commonwealth Public Service Act – interleaved and annotated, 1922–23 AP558/15
Annotated lists of permanent officers of Commonwealth Public Service, 1937–43 AP558/11
Correspondence files, 'C' (confidential), 1929–84 D3095
Correspondence files, 1938–87 D444
Public service appointment (Provident Fund) files raised by the Public Service Inspector for South Australian appointments, 1958–76 D4610
General correspondence files, annual single number series (relating to the Public Service Inspector, South Australia), 1969–78 D5115
Appointment files, superannuation fund, 1974–87 D619
SELECTED SERIES THAT CONTAIN RECORDS RELATING TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Sydney
Recorded by: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office/Regional Administration, South Australia
South Australian Public Service Arbitration Act cases, 1964–65 AP1058/3 S AP1058/3
Melbourne
Recorded by: Australian Imperial Forces Canteens Funds Trust
Correspondence relating to Commonwealth Public Service Patriotic Fund, South Australia, 1941–53 MP434/23
Commonwealth Public Service Patriotic Fund, South Australia – cash book, ledger, approvals register, 1941–53 MP434/25
Sample files of beneficiaries under Commonwealth Public Service Patriotic Fund, South Australia, 1942–53 MP434/24
SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra
Appointment of John Gardiner, Public Service Inspector as Works Officer South Australia, 1902–03 A99, 1903/4533
Photograph album of early days in Canberra after transfer from SA Government – of Eileen Gertrude Lenihan OBE, former Private Secretary to prime ministers Joseph Lyons, Robert Gordon Menzies and others, 1906–39 M3130, 8
Doenan, Frederick Otto, telegraphist, 1918 A387, 122
Annual staff statistics, Public Service Board returns South Australia, 1948–51 MP502/1, S2207/1/5
Melbourne
Office accommodation – Public Service Inspector – South Australia, 1903–05 A100, A1905/4426
Germans in the public service in South Australia – suspected of being disloyal, 1917–18 MP1049/1, 1918/079

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