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Senior executives

Public Service senior executives are employed under the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 as a focused and capable senior executive to lead the public service

Recruitment and selection

The Government Sector Employment Act 2013 provides the foundation for a single, leaner, flatter, and more mobile executive structure for the Public Service which will be known as the Public Service senior executive. The current Chief Executive Service, SES and award-based senior executives (Senior Officers (SO) and equivalent roles) will be replaced by a single executive structure with one set of employment arrangements for all, including a model written employment contract.

Government Sector Employment Amendment (Transitional) Regulation 2015

The Government Sector Employment Amendment (Transitional) Regulation 2015 (‘the Transitional Regulation’) commenced on 3 July 2015. The object of this Regulation is to make further provision with respect to transitional arrangements in relation to Public Service senior executives and other matters. See the summary of key amendments sheet (PDF 129KB) regarding the Amendment (Transitional) Regulation 2015.

Government Sector Employment Rules (Amendment No 4—Model Contracts) 2015

Amendment No 4 makes a number of clarifying or technical changes to the model contracts of employment for Public Service senior executives (Schedule 1 of the Rules) and Secretaries/Agency Heads (Schedule 2 of the Rules) and includes a new model contract for statutory office holders (Schedule 3 of the Rules). Visit Regulations & Rules for further information.

Status of the SES Guidelines

The SES Guidelines were prepared under the framework of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002. As such, much of the information contained is out of date and is not applicable to the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (GSE Act).

During the transition period the SES Guidelines will be retained as a reference point for relevant matters under provisions of the GSE Act and the GSE Regulation.

It is intended that the SES Guidelines will be fully replaced by appropriate guidance published on the EmploymentPortal as a resource for senior executives and administrators on senior executive employment matters.

During the transition period and until new guidance is published, please refer to the Current Status of the SES Guidelines (PDF 542.3KB) in conjunction with the SES Guidelines for information on senior executive employment arrangements.

Transitional arrangements for Chief Executive Service, Senior Executive Service and Senior Officers are in place until 24 February 2017. Refer to 'Transitional Information' links in the right column for relevant transitional provisions and policy.

Senior Executive Service briefings: ICAC Amendment Act 2015
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold pre-work briefing sessions in February 2016, on the provisions of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Act 2015 and what they mean for NSW public sector agencies.
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Visit Remuneration & Benefits for further information.

Business process to create a senior executive role (PDF 39.3KB)

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Senior Executive Work Level Standards

SES and Senior Officer Transition

Relocation Expenses Framework