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Awards and conditions of employment

Employees in the NSW public sector have varied employment conditions according to the legislation and industrial award or agreement that applies to the type of job and employing agency.

Act, regulation, rules

Employees in the NSW public sector have employment conditions, which vary according to the legislation and industrial instrument that apply to their job type and employing agency. A list of the legislation, awards and determinations covering the major groups of Public Service employees is published by Public Sector Industrial Relations.

For information on employment conditions applying to NSW Public Service employees please visit the Public Service Industrial Relations Guide.

At a glance

Determining agencies approved for transfer of extended leave

Extended leave can be transferred between certain government agencies. The Public Service Commissioner will consider any requests for recognition of Commonwealth or interstate agencies submitted by an agency.

A list of agencies approved for the purpose of recognition of service was published within HR Expert until 2011. It lists the recognised agencies at that date (See: List of interjurisdictional agencies approved for the purpose of recognition of service).

Since 2011 the following additional agencies or bodies have been recognised by the NSW Public Service Commissioner:

  • Airservices Australia (recognised, by declaration on 9 September 2015)
  • Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (recognised, by declaration on 13 December 2016) 
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (recognised, by declaration on 16 January 2019)

While the Public Service Commission considers requests for recognition of Commonwealth or insterstate agencies for the purposes of extended leave, general enquiries regarding extended leave should be directed to NSW Industrial Relations at psir@industrialrelations.nsw.gov.au or (02) 9020 4644

Information on leave and attendance

Public Sector Industrial Relations within the NSW Treasury advises Government on industrial relations in the NSW public sector. It supports NSW public sector agencies on industrial relations matters including the wages policy.

NSW Treasury and the Department of Premier and Cabinet have published circulars and policies on Leave and attendance including the following:

More information

Additional information can be found in the industrial relations information for Agencies published by Public Sector Industrial Relations.

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