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The Republic of the Fiji Islands is a group of 800 volcanic and coral islands covering 18,376 sq. km. It has a total population of 858,000 (UN estimate, 2012; the last census was 2007). Fiji’s capital is Suva. Its major languages are English, Fijian and Hindi.

The Public Service Commission of Fiji is accountable to the Government of Fiji for the promotion of Public Service Values and the Public Service Code of Conduct. It is also responsible for setting service standards across the Civil Service including the performance management system that encompasses the monitoring of the core deliverables of the Permanent Secretaries.

In accordance with Section 126 (1) of the 2013 Constitution, the Public Service Commission has the following functions:
(a) to appoint permanent secretaries with the agreement of the Prime Minister

(b) to remove permanent secretaries with the agreement of the Prime Minister

(c) to institute disciplinary action against permanent secretaries

(d) to make such other appointments and perform such other duties, functions and responsibilities as may be prescribed by written law.

In addition to its constitutional functions, the Public Service Commission has the following statutory functions-

(a) to consider and report to the Government on public service issues;

(b) to promote and uphold the Service Values and to monitor and evaluate-

(i) the extent to which ministries and departments have adopted the Public Service Values;

(ii) the extent to which the structure of the public service supports the Public Service Values;

(iii) the adequacy of the systems and procedures in Ministries departments and parliamentary bodies for ensuring compliance with the Public Service Code of Conduct;

(c) to provide or facilitate training and career development for the public service and to coordinate support service-wide training and career development opportunities in the public service insofar as those functions are not performed by some other body;

(d) to contribute to, and foster, leadership in the public service;

(e) to ensure that adequate office accommodation is provided for the public service.; and

          (f) to perform any other functions given to the commission by or under this promulgation or any other written law.

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