There was an increase in the separation and exit rates of non-casual public sector employees in 2022. The rate of employee separations from agencies increased from 8.7% to 13.5%, and the rate of employee exits from the public sector increased from 6.9% in 2021 to 11.2% in 2022.
Rates increased across all services in 2022, in part due to machinery of government (MOG) changes and restructures. The highest increases in separation and exit rates was in the Transport Service (see Table 8.1). Its separation rate was 34.4%, up from 9.0% in 2021, and the exit rate was 31.7%, up from 7.8% in 2021. This increase was largely due to the privatisation of State Transit Authority and higher separations due to a large-scale reform in Transport for NSW.
Table 8.1: Separations, exits and moves for non-casual public sector employees, by service, 2022
||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
Employees aged 65 and over accounted for 8.7% of overall separations, with a separation rate of 24.0% and an exit rate of 23.7%, which was were mainly due to retirement (10.1%).
Employees aged 25 to 29 had the highest rate of movement within the sector (4.3%), mainly due to Medical Practitioners moving between Local Health Districts (15.7%). In 2022, the rate of movements within the sector continued to display the same pattern as 2021, with the highest rate being in the 25 to 29 age group and then progressively decreasing across the higher age ranges.