Table 8.4: Separations, exits and moves; non-casual public sector employees by service, 2019
||Separation from agency (%)
||Exit from public sector (%)
||Movement within public sector (%)
|NSW Health Service
|NSW Police Force
|Other Crown services
|Total government sector
|State owned corporations
|External to government sector
|Total public sector
Across the public sector and government sector, the agency separation rate and the public sector exit rate decreased compared to 2018, both down 1.5pp. The highest separation and exit rates were in the Transport Service (21.4% and 18.6%, respectively, as shown in Table 8.4). This was primarily related to State Transit Authority franchising Region 6, resulting in a reduction of more than 1,000 full-time equivalent (FTE).
Only 1.7% of separations in 2019 related to internal movements within the public sector, with most employees exiting the sector upon separation from their agency. The NSW Health Service and the Transport Service had the highest rate of internal mobility (2.8%).
Employees aged 15 to 19 had the highest separation and exit rates of all age groups (21.8% and 21.6%, respectively). However, these employees only account for 0.5% of total separations. Employees aged 65 years or over accounted for 9.5% of overall separations, with a separation rate of 17.3% and an exit rate of 17.1%. The exits were mainly due to retirement. Employees aged 25 to 29 had the highest rate of movement within the sector (3.6%), predominantly due to the mobility of Medical Practitioners between Local Health Districts. Medical Practitioners had a movement rate of 14.5% within this group.
In 2019, the rate of movements within the sector continued to display the same pattern as 2018: highest in the 25 to 29 age group and then progressively declining.