Table 7.1: Median age and proportion of non–casual employees aged over 44 by service, at census date, 2019
||Employees aged >44 years (%)
|NSW Health Service
|NSW Police Force
|Other Crown services
|Total government sector
|State owned corporations
|External to government sector
|Total public sector
Table 7.1 shows that median ages across NSW Government services ranged from 40 to 49.
In 2019, the NSW Police Force had the lowest median age in the sector. On the census date, the median age in the NSW Police Force was 40 years, unchanged from 2018. The Police Force also had the highest proportion of employees aged under 35 (34.9%, compared with 26.9% across the sector) and the lowest proportion of employees aged 55 or over (9.7%, compared with 23.8% across the sector). However, the median age is increasing, as it was 38 years in 2014. At that time, the proportion of employees aged under 35 was 36.5%, and only 7.0% of employees were over 54.
In contrast, other Crown services had the highest median age in the sector – 49 years at census date. Among these services, 75.4% of Clerical and Administrative Workers were 44 or older, with a median age of 51. Around 71.2% of Managers were 44 or older, with a median age of 50.
Age diversity in the workforce provides a range of perspectives, experience, talents and knowledge sharing. The proportion of public sector employees aged up to 44 grew marginally, from 48.8% in 2010 to 51.2% in 2019. Figure 7.3 highlights that the largest change in terms of proportion of the workforce occurred in the 45–54 years category. In 2010, the percentage of employees aged 45 to 54 was 30.3%, and this has declined to 25% in 2019. At the same time, the proportion of employees aged 55 to 64 and 65 or over increased by 0.8pp and 2.0pp respectively.