Constitution of the Republic of Singapore
(Article 110D(1), (2), and (4))
Public Service (Personnel Boards) Order
O 3
(1st January 1995)
[1st January 1995]
1.  This Order may be cited as the Public Service (Personnel Boards) Order.
2.—(1)  In this Order, unless the context otherwise requires —
“Division I officer” means a holder of —
(a)an office of emolument in Division I in the public service, whether in a civil or military capacity; or
(b)an office in any authority established by written law for a public purpose being an office which is equivalent to the office referred to in paragraph (a);
“General Services” means those Services other than —
(a)the Civil Defence Service;
(b)the Education Service;
(c)the Environmental Health Officer Service;
(d)the Health Therapist Service;
(e)the Immigration (Subordinate) Service;
(h)the Narcotics Service;
(i)the Nursing Service;
(j)the Nursing Assistant Service;
(l)the Pharmacy (Technicians) Service;
(m)the Photographic Service;
(n)the Prisons Service;
(o)the Statistical (Intermediate) Service; and
“Ministry” includes every Division and department of a Ministry;
“promotion” means the substantive upgrading from one grade to a higher grade within the Scheme of Service of the officer concerned;
“public officer” or “officer” means a public officer in Division II, III or IV but excludes the following:
(a)a member of the Singapore Armed Forces;
(b)a member of the personal staff of the President;
(c)a member of the staff of Parliament; and
(d)a police officer below the rank of Inspector;
“Service” means any group of officers recruited or appointed under and in accordance with the provisions of any Scheme of Service;
“security agency” means —
(a)the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau;
(b)the Internal Security Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs; or
(c)the Security and Intelligence Division of the Ministry of Defence;
“transfer” means a transfer, whether or not involving an increase in salary, of a public officer —
(a)from one Service to another Service; or
(b)from a Service or post under the jurisdiction of a Personnel Board to a Service or post under the jurisdiction of another Personnel Board.
(2)  For the purposes of this Order, an officer who is employed on secondment in a post in a Ministry or Organ of State shall not be regarded as an officer holding a post in that Ministry or Organ of State.
Establishment of Personnel Boards
3.  There are hereby established, in respect of each of the classes of public officers specified in the second column of the Schedule, Personnel Boards comprising the following persons, all of whom shall be appointed by the Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office:
(a)a Chairman who shall be a Division I officer holding an appointment of Superscale grade in his Scheme of Service; and
(b)not less than two and not more than 4 members who shall be Division I officers.
Functions of Personnel Boards
4.  Each Personnel Board shall have the jurisdiction and power to —
(a)appoint officers in the class specified in the second column of the Schedule in relation to that Personnel Board;
(b)confirm and emplace on the permanent or pensionable establishment officers in that class;
(c)promote officers in that class, including considering and recommending to the appropriate Senior Personnel Board or, in the case of an officer holding a post in the Auditor-General’s Office, to the Public Service Commission, an officer in that class for promotion to Division I; and
(d)transfer officers in that class, except that the transfer of an officer from a Service or post under the jurisdiction of a Personnel Board to a Service or post under the jurisdiction of another Personnel Board shall be made by the latter Personnel Board.