Parliamentary staff are independent of the Public Service Commission. All matters relating to employment issues are under the direct control of the Speaker and the Clerk.
Since 2010, parliamentary staff have been recruited through interview committees established by the Speaker. Based on the committee’s recommendation, the Speaker then makes a recommendation for appointment to the Legislative Assembly (clause 19 of the Legislative Assembly Act).
Clause19 of the Legislative Assembly Act further states that the Clerk is responsible for setting the general guidelines for staff. A copy of the Staff Guidelines is available from the parliamentary library.
The Staff Guidelines is an important instrument because it provides the basis as to how the Office deals with work related issues.