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.
Share of the NSW economy
In 2013–14, the NSW Government sector had a net worth of $180.8 billion.2 With the inclusion of infrastructure and public corporations, the NSW total state sector made up about 12% of the NSW economy in 2012–13.3 Employee‑related costs were the single largest expense, accounting for 48% of general government expenditure in 2013–14.4
* 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 majority of employees work in essential services, primarily health and education
Most employees work in professional occupations requiring tertiary qualifications
The NSW public sector has many departments and other bodies.
Interactive graphic showing a breakdown of the types of organisations that constitute the government sector.
List of agencies and other bodies that make up the nine clusters of the Public Service.
2. NSW Government Budget Statement 2014–2015: Budget paper No.2, Chapter 4
3. Australian Bureau of Statistics – Australian National Accounts: State Accounts 2012–2013 – Table 2: Expenditure, income and industry components of gross state product, New South Wales, Chain volume measures and Current prices
4. NSW Government Budget Statement 2014–2015: Budget paper No.2, Chapter 5