The Public Service Commissioner is appointed by the Queen’s Representative on the advice of the Prime Minister in accordance with Article 73 of the Cook Islands Constitution 1964. The Public Service Act 2009 (“Act”) and Cook Islands Constitution 1964 provides the legal framework for the Public Service Commissioner to promote and implement policies and practices that support good governance across the public sector. Section 6 of the Act specifies the functions of the Commissioner.

Scope of Authority


The Public Service Commissioner’s authority extends to 14 Heads of Ministries and employees. All public servants must comply with the Act. Crown agencies and other entities are defined as State Services under the Act, and are required to comply with the remuneration framework of government, good employer principles, public service values, and code of conduct.

Statutory functions of the Commissioner

  • Provides advice to Ministers of the Crown on matters relating to the Public Service

  • Intermediary between Ministers of the Crown and Heads of Department in relation to functions

  • Develops and promotes personnel policies and standards for Heads of Departments and Public Service

  • Promotes and ensures compliance with the public service code of conduct and values

  • Provides advice on the training and career development of Public Servants

  •  Determines salary ranges for positions in the Public Service in accordance with the remuneration system approved by Cabinet

  • Reviews and makes changes to the machinery of government

  • Instigates inquiries relating to the administration of the public service

  • Investigates unresolved disputes between employers and employees within the public service

  • Appoints Heads of Public Service Departments and negotiates conditions of employment

  • Issues written instructions to Heads of Departments relating to the implementation of government policies

  • Reviews the performance of Heads of Public Service Departments

  • Ensures Heads of Departments are not subject to unlawful or improper pressure from the Ministers of the Crown or members of Parliament

 Public Service Commissioner & OPSC Staff

Public Service Commissioner

Policy & Planning Manager

Office Assistant

Ms. Rangi Tutai


Chief Executive Officer

Corporate Services Manager

Human Resource Advisor

Human Resources Manager

HOMs Relationship Manager

Mrs. Heather Webber-Aitu


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