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Recruitment and selection

Recruitment and selection refers to the process of attracting, screening, selecting and onboarding people in accordance with the merit-selection rules under the Government Sector Employment Act 2013.

Act, regulation, rules

Recruitment in the NSW Public Service is governed by a legal framework that includes the Government Sector Employment Act 2013, the Government Sector Employment Regulation 2014 and the Government Sector Employment (General) Rules 2014.


Recruitment and selection guide 

The Recruitment and selection guide helps recruiters and hiring managers in the NSW Public Service to consider options for filling a role, design and deliver assessments, attract candidates and make informed hiring decisions..

Whole of government recruitment programs

A number of programs are in place to support efficient merit-based recruitment:

  • NSW Public Service Recruitment Pools 

    Recruitment pools are a way of recruiting for roles that are commonly needed across the NSW Public Service. By submitting one application, applicants can be considered for many roles across multiple Public Service agencies.  

  • NSW Government Graduate Program 

    The NSW Government Graduate Program is a structured whole-of-government employment program designed to attract and retain talented graduates to build public sector capability and develop a cohort of future leaders. 

  • Aboriginal Employment and Development Program 

    The Aboriginal Employment and Development Program aims to increase the number of capable Aboriginal people entering the NSW public sector and the program contributes to a long term approach to increasing Aboriginal staff representation.

Talent Acquisition

The Talent Acquisition procurement scheme allows suppliers to be pre-qualified to provide to NSW Government products and services including:

  • Design and Delivery of Assessments
  • Talent Search (executive and non-executive)
  • Psychometric Tools
  • Recruitment Technologies (video interviews, reference checks)

Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service

The NSW Government is committed to employment practices that are fair, responsive and inclusive. The Guide to Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service explains the application and selection process for those seeking employment in the NSW Public Service.

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