Civil Service Commission

Exceptions Forms

Exceptions to the Recruitment Principles 2018 (PDF, 14 pages, 269 KB) are delegated to departments except where the Commission’s prior is approval is required.

The Commission’s prior approval is required for:

  • any appointment by Exception at Senior Civil Service Pay Band 2 or above or at any grade on a salary at or above the SCS Pay Band 2 minimum, pro rata.
  • any extension or variation of any fixed-term appointment previously agreed by the Commission at Senior Civil Service Pay Band 2 or above or on a salary at or above the SCS Pay Band 2 minimum.
  • the use of an Exception within 12 months of an earlier Exception for the same individual (but not for former civil servants appointed under the terms of Exception 5).
  • any fixed-term appointment by Exception, or Exceptions, in excess of two years.

When requesting the prior approval of the Commission we suggest departments use the following forms. Failure to use the form may mean important information is missing and it may take longer to receive a decision from the Commission.