The ageing of the population is creating significant challenges for the public sector workforce now and into the future. The NSW public sector has a higher proportion of employees aged 35–64 than the NSW labour force on average and a smaller proportion of employees under 35 years, especially in the 16–24 year age bracket. Given the workforce age profile, the sector needs to increase the participation of under-employed groups in the community, including mature workers. Agencies will also need to develop strategies for knowledge capture and transfer in response to the changing scale and timing of retirements from the government sector.
Retirement and retirement intention
In 2009, a Retirement Planning Survey (PDF 509.3KB) (P2010_015) in the NSW Public Sector was undertaken by the University of Western Sydney and Macquarie University in partnership with the NSW Public Sector.
The survey represents a part of the large scale joint research project undertaken by the two universities to assess the impact of the global financial crisis on retirement planning and timing
The 2009 Retirement Planning Survey built on the NSW Public Sector 2006 Retirement Intentions Survey