Commission

The constitution of the Independent State of Samoa states that, There shall be a Public Service Commission of Samoa, which shall consist of not more than three persons appointed by the Head of State, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister.

The Head of State, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, shall appoint one of the members of the Public Service Commission to be Chairman.

No Person shall be appointed to be or shall remain a member of the Public Service Commission:

  • If he is not or ceases to be citizen of Samoa; or
  • If he is or becomes a Member of Parliament

No member of the Public Service Commission shall hold concurrently any other office in the Public Service

The powers of the Public Service Commission shall not be affected by any vacancy in the number of its members, and any proceedings of the Commission shall be valid notwithstanding that some person who was not entitled to do so took part in those proceedings.

Commission Structure

Roles and Functions of the Public Service Commission includes;

  • Be responsible for;
  • Human resource planning; and
  • Human resource management policy; and
  • Human resource monitoring and evaluation for the Public Service
  • Have such other functions as may be provided by Act.
  • In the performance of its functions, the Public Service Commission shall have regard to the general policy of Cabinet relating to the Public Service, and shall give effect to any decision of Cabinet defining that policy conveyed to the Commission in writing by the Prime Minister
  • An Act of Parliament may designate as a special post any post of head of department or any post corresponding grade; and the Head of State, acting on the advice of the Cabinet after Cabinet has consulted the Public Service Commission, shall be responsible, in respect of any post so designated, for appointments, grading, salaries, promotions, transfers, retirements, terminations of appointments, dismissals and discipline.

Term in Office

  1. A member of the Public Service Commission shall be appointed to hold office for a term of not more than three years but shall be eligable for reappointment.
  2. A member of the Public Service Commission may at any time resign his office by writing under his hand addressed to the Prime Minister but shall not be removed from office except on the like grounds and in the like manner as a Judge of the Supreme Court.
  3. The Head of State, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, may at any time when the Legislative Assembly is not meeting suspend a member of the Public Service Commission from his office, and such suspension, unless previously revoked, shall continue in force until the end of the next ensuring session and no longer.
Rasela Maiava Executive Assistant