Government Sector Employment (General) Rules 2014
10 Maximum period of temporary employment
(1) The maximum total period for which a Public Service non-executive employee may be employed in temporary employment in the same Public Service agency is 4 years within any continuous period of 5 years.(1A) Despite subrule (1), a Public Service non-executive employee may be employed in temporary employment in the same Public Service agency for a further period or periods of up to 4 years (the maximum temporary period) if the decision to employ the person for any such further period is based on a comparative assessment after external advertising. The recruitment process should be commenced not later than 3 months before the start of the proposed further period of temporary employment.(1B) If a person is employed under subrule (1A) after a comparative assessment (the initial assessment) for less than the maximum temporary period and the person is subsequently employed for a further period within the maximum temporary period, a further comparative assessment is not required in connection with the decision to employ the person for that further period if—(a) the person is to be assigned to the same role as the role to which the person was assigned after the initial assessment, or(b) the agency head is satisfied that it is appropriate to rely on the initial assessment for the role to which the person is to be assigned.(2) The period of 4 years referred to in subrule (1) or (1A) may, with the approval of the Commissioner in any particular case, be extended for an additional period of up to 12 months.(3) The Commissioner may determine classes of exceptions to this rule. Any such determination is to be made publicly available on a website provided and maintained by the Commissioner.(4) This rule does not apply to special office temporary employees.