Under "The Public Service Act of 1896" , assented to 16 December 1896, the Civil Service became the Public Service and the Public Service Board was established.
The Public Service Board had powers to create regulations and make recommendations with respect to the general administration of the service; staff selection and registration; Public Service examinations and scholarships; staff training, promotions, retirement, leave, accommodation etc; Public Service expenditure; the classification of Public Service officers and the determination of salaries and wages. As part of the Public Service Board's responsibility for the efficient, economic and general working of the Public Service and Government Departments, the Board made inspections, inquiries, investigations and recommendations with regards to these matters.
The Board produced an annual Classified List of Officers as required under sec. 53 of the Act.
Under "The Public Service Act of 1896", the members of the Civil Service Board continued as members of the Public Service Board. The Board was constituted by three members appointed by the Governor-in Council. A Chairman and Secretary were appointed from among the three Board members. The Board submitted both monthly and yearly reports to the Minister. Appeals against decisions regarding appointments, promotions, etc. made by the Public Service Board were investigated by the Governor-in-Council.
The Chairman and Secretary of the Public Service Board were also members of the Public Service Superannuation Board.
Under "The Public Service Act of 1901", the Public Service Board as then constituted was abolished and the powers and duties of the Public Service Board were to be discharged by members of the Executive Council.