NSW public sector at a glance

The NSW public sector delivers a wide range of services and regulatory functions to the community, such as education, health services, roads, public transport, law enforcement and environmental protection.

Services are delivered by a large number of departments and agencies as shown on the next page, within a structure created by the Government Sector Employment Regulation 2014.

Share of the NSW economy

In 2013–14, the NSW Government sector had a net worth of $180.8 billion.2 With the inclusion of infrastructure and public corporations, the NSW total state sector made up about 12% of the NSW economy in 2012–13.3 Employee‑related costs were the single largest expense, accounting for 48% of general government expenditure in 2013–14.4

This table shows the number of employees by FTE and the percentage of total across the public sector. In the public service, Departments have 38,263 employees, 11.7% of total; Public Service Executive Agencies have 22,287 employees, 6.8% of total; Separate Public Service Agencies have 3,219 employees, 1.0% of total. The total public service has 63,769 employees, 19.4% of total. The Teaching Service has 62,859 employees, 19.2% of total, Health Services have 105,763 employees, 32.2% of total, Police Force has 19,529 employees, 6.0% of total, Transport Services has 26,057 employees, 7.9% of total, Other Crown Services have 30,025 employees, 9.2% of total, State Owned Corporations have 19,267 employees, 5.9% of total. The total number of employees in the Government Sector is 327,268, 99.7% of total. The number of employees external to the Government Sector is 845, 0.3% of total. The total number of employees in the public sector is 328,113. Note: FTE has been rounded to the nearest whole number. As a result the total public sector may not equal the sum of the components. FTE describes the number of full-time employees required to account for all ordinary-time paid hours of work. For example, two employees working half weeks would be counted as one FTE employee.

* FTE has been rounded to the nearest whole number. As a result the total public sector may not equal the sum of the components.

FTE describes the number of full-time employees required to account for all ordinary-time paid hours of work. For example, two employees working half weeks would be counted as one FTE employee.

Unless otherwise specified, all references to the NSW public sector workforce data in this report are drawn from the following data source: NSW Public Service Commission (2014) NSW Workforce Profile (v2014.09.30). Additional information can be obtained from the NSW Workforce Profile Report 2014.


2. NSW Government Budget Statement 2014–2015: Budget paper No.2, Chapter 4

3. Australian Bureau of Statistics – Australian National Accounts: State Accounts 2012–2013 – Table 2: Expenditure, income and industry components of gross state product, New South Wales, Chain volume measures and Current prices

4. NSW Government Budget Statement 2014–2015: Budget paper No.2, Chapter 5

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