Chapter 1: Introduction

This inaugural State of the NSW Public Sector Report gives an overview of the values, capabilities and productivity of the NSW public sector workforce in 2012. It also identifies selected actions that are either planned or being undertaken to improve the performance of the NSW public sector.

The report is to be produced annually to provide an evidence-based picture of factors that affect how work is organised and executed by the NSW public sector. It will also help identify barriers to improvement and be a valuable tool in driving high performance across public sector agencies.

The report contains original research to describe ethical issues, work experiences and labour force characteristics as they relate to the 401,703-strong workforce that makes up the NSW public sector. These data are also used to establish baseline measures that will be used in future State of the NSW Public Sector reports to track changes in the sector over time. 

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Our operating environment

Maintaining service levels

Reforming the NSW public sector

What you'll find in this report

Our research

A new view of the NSW public sector

The Public Service Commission acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which our office stands.