Table 2.2 shows that while there was an overall increase in census period FTE from 2021 to 2022, decreases occurred in some services. The Public Service and NSW Health Service both experienced growth, while FTE decreased in the NSW Police Force, Teaching Service and Transport Service.
The Public Service grew by 3,200 FTE (+4.6%) in 2022. The increase was primarily in the Customer Service cluster, which grew by 1,758 FTE (+19.7%). Service NSW (+899 FTE or +24.7%) and the Department of Customer Service (+840 FTE or +16.6%) were key contributors to this increase. These increases largely relate to the need for additional resources to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the floods. The Department of Education was another key contributor to the increase, with an additional 617 FTE (+7.2%) in 2022.
The increase in the NSW Health Service of 1,912 (+1.5%) FTE reflects the key role they played in the pandemic response. There were an additional 467 (+3.5%) FTE Medical Practitioners, 438 (+0.9%) FTE Nurses and 419 (+8.8%) FTE Ambulance Officers.
The decrease in Transport Service employees (-1,235 FTE, -8.5%) was due to the privatisation of the State Transit Authority (-3,106 FTE). This was partly offset by an increase in Transport for NSW (+1,632 FTE, 15.3%) reflecting the large transport infrastructure projects. The largest growth was in Sydney Metro (+240 FTE, +33.0%).
The NSW Police Force decreased by 305 FTE (-1.5%) due to a higher number of separations, including medical retirements, and a lower number of commencements. While there were fewer commencements in 2022 than 2021, the number was higher than in previous years.
The Teaching Service decreased 447 FTE (-0.6%) compared to last year. Teacher staffing allocations are predominantly driven by student enrolments. In 2022, student enrolments in NSW Public Schools decreased, resulting in a corresponding decrease in teaching FTE. Student-to-staff ratios remain steady.