The NSW public sector needs strong, capable, high performing and innovative leadership to ensure community expectations, government and State Plan priorities and commitments are met by NSW public sector agencies. Senior executives are expected to have a high level of integrity and demonstrate commitment to the public sector values. 

The NSW public sector has a consistent, lean, and flat structure for senior executive roles across its various departments and agencies (See Circular PSCC-2013-10 for the design principles for executive structures under the GSE Act). This provides for greater mobility between senior executive roles in the Public Service, and for clarity around classification of work, roles and remuneration.

Senior executives roles are assigned to a band based on work level standards. The highest is Band 4 —Secretary level. A Secretary is the employer of senior executives in their Department and in executive agencies related to the Department while the head of a separate agency is the employer of senior executives in their agency. The Secretary and heads of separate agencies can create senior executive roles.

Senior executive remuneration management framework

Access current and past frameworks

Senior executive relocation expenses framework

This framework outlines the relocation expense allowances payable to an executive when they are required to relocate to undertake a role in the sector.

Work level standards

These standards assist departments and agencies in determining the appropriate band for Public Service senior executive roles under the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (GSE Act).

Model contracts of employment

Three model written executive contracts for senior executives.