31 January 2024

The Public Service Commissioner (the Commissioner) is central to New Zealand’s politically neutral, effective and unified Public Service.

The Commissioner is responsible to the government of the day for the overall performance and integrity of the Public Service. The Commissioner must be a highly effective leader who is able to lead change and drive results across the Public Service.

As a holder of a statutory office, the Commissioner acts independently on a range of matters to do with the operation of the Public Service, the public sector and wider system – including the appointment of Public Service secretaries and chief executives.

The Commissioner is the Head of Service and leads the Public Service and wider public sector agencies to work as one system to deliver better services and better outcomes for New Zealanders.

The Commissioner is appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, under the Public Service Act 2020. 


For a confidential discussion or for further information about this position, please contact Thor Gudjonsson on 021 227 4332 or  thor.gudjonsson@publicservice.govt.nz

Applications must be submitted to: commissionerappointment2024@publicservice.govt.nz

Applications close at 11.59pm on Sunday 25 February 2024.

Position Description(PDF, 148 KB)

Application Form(DOCX, 47 KB)

Guide for Applicants(PDF, 85 KB)