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Our goal in the NSW public sector is to attract and retain the right people for the right jobs, no matter what their gender, race, age, religious beliefs, or personal commitments.

This means that we are embedding diversity and inclusion in everything we do on a daily basis, whether it be our recruitment processes, workplace culture, career development programs, customer service or policies and procedures.

By embracing people from all walks of life within our community, we’re building a strong, motivated and dynamic workforce that’s reflective of the diversity of our State. This gives us a deeper understanding of the communities we serve and allows us to deliver better outcomes for the people of NSW through our wide range of expertise, perspectives and innovative ideas.

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Applying behavioural insights to drive public sector diversity

Applying behavioural insights to drive public sector diversity

The PSC in partnership with the NSW Behavioural Insights Unit, Customer Service, Stronger Communities and Transport Clusters undertook research to understand the barriers to reaching the Premier's gender equality target for senior leadership roles in the NSW government sector. The research identified 10 opportunities to remove some of the obstacles facing women rising to senior roles in NSW, including:

  • setting KPIs for flexible work
  • only include essential criteria in job ads
  • give comparable & actionable feedback on performance

Explore further research on how an email and a phone call can increase the likelihood of women reapplying for a senior role by 27%. For access to a toolkit explaining how to implement this intervention email

Access the full report 

Addressing unconscious bias in recruitment and promotion

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The latest research on overcoming unconscious bias in recruitment has been analysed and distilled into a practical guide by the Behavioural Insights Unit in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

From suggesting alternate outreach options for attracting staff, to restructuring assessments, to new decision-making methods, the paper is an invaluable resource for reducing the influence of bias on recruitment, retention and promotion in the government sector.

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Disability Awareness

Disability Awareness

The PSC, in collaboration with sector employees and experts, has developed two e-learning modules to improve disability awareness among NSW public sector employees.

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Our progress and performance
Our progress and performance

We know that as well as demonstrating our commitment to diversity and inclusion through our actions, it’s important to be clear, transparent and accountable to the public about this commitment.

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gender equity
Gender equity

We want everyone that’s part of our workforce to have an equal opportunity in making a meaningful contribution to their State and community – no matter what their gender.

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Flexible work helps our people to be as productive as possible while providing them with more choices about how they balance their commitments outside of work.

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aboriginal workforce
Aboriginal workforce

As one of the Premier's Priorities across the NSW public sector, it’s important for us to provide employment and career development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Learn more about the Aboriginal Workforce

Our inclusion journey

Diversity and Inclusion strategyInclusion in the Sector

Research and guides to make your workplace more inclusive through leadership and removing unconscious bias.

Find out more about Inclusion in the Sector

Disability and accessibilityDisability and accessibility

As one in five people in NSW have disability, we need to ensure we have a workforce that is representative of our population and that leverages a large and diverse pool of talented candidates.

Find out more about disability and accessibility

LGBTIQ+ inclusionLGBTIQA+ inclusion

We are building a diverse workforce to reflect the community, with around 11 in 100 Australians identifying as having a diverse sexual orientation, sex or gender identity.

Find out more about LGBTIQA+ inclusion

Our partners

australian network on disability
pride in diversity
diversity council australia