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About the NSW public sector

The NSW public sector delivers a wide range of services and regulatory functions to the community, such as education, health services, roads, public transport, law enforcement and environmental protection.

Updates to our structure

From 1 July 2019, eight clusters will deliver the work of the government.

  • Premier and Cabinet
  • Treasury
  • Customer Service
  • Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Transport
  • Health
  • Education
  • Stronger Communities

The new arrangements mean Finance, Services & Innovation, Industry, Planning & Environment, Family & Communities and Justice will cease and their functions will transition over the coming months to the Customer Service, Planning and Industry, and Stronger Communities clusters.

See more about Machinery of Government changes

Share of the NSW economy

In 2018–19, the NSW Government sector had a net worth of $262.0 billion. Employee‑related costs were the single largest expense, accounting for 46.2% of general government expenditure in 2019–20. (See: NSW Government Budget Statement 2019–2020)

Structure of the public sector

Full Time Equivalent by cluster

The NSW public sector is structured into 10 clusters to coordinate related services.

Table: Composition of the public sector by cluster, census period FTE, 2017–2018
Cluster 2018 FTE
Education 92,836
Family & Community Services 9,037
Finance, Services & Innovation 7,410
Health 117,957
Industry 17,220
Justice 41,287
Planning & Environment 13,773
Premier & Cabinet 1,436
Transport 25,574
Treasury 1,477
External to government sector 998
Total 329,005

Source: Workforce Profile (2018)

* FTE has been rounded to the nearest whole number. As a result the total public sector may not equal the sum of the components. FTE describes the number of full-time employees required to account for all ordinary-time paid hours of work. For example, two employees working half weeks would be counted as one FTE employee.

The NSW public sector is made up of a number of entities. It includes the whole of the government sector:

  • The Public Service, comprised of
    • NSW Government Departments
    • Executive agencies related to a Department
    • Separate Public Service agencies
  • The Health Service
  • The Teaching Service
  • The Police Force
  • The Transport Service
  • State Owned Corporations (which may be part of the Government Sector for specified purposes)
  • And other Crown Services (includes the TAFE Commission)

Alongside the government sector, the broader public sector also includes:

  • Independent Commission Against Corruption
  • Staff of the Parliament
  • State Owned Corporations
  • Judicial Commission
  • Judicial Officers
  • Audit Office
  • and other NSW public sector entities which includes Public Financial Corporations such as Tcorp, and the Internal Audit Bureau.