Working for NSW Government

Working for NSW

Working for NSW

The NSW Government is the biggest employer in Australia with around 400,000 full time, part time, and casual workers as well as apprentices and trainees in jobs ranging from agriculture to health, teaching to law, administration to environmental management, engineering to policing.

By working for the NSW Government you can contribute to the success of the NSW community in a variety of interesting and challenging areas such as education, health, environment, justice, tourism, emergency services, transport and more.

There are exciting opportunities for people at all stages in their career - from  graduates, apprentices and trainees to people returning to work and transferring from the private sector.

Browse current vacancies with the NSW public sector.

Aboriginal Workforce Development 

Diversity in government sector, workforce management continues to be a priority under the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (GSE Act). 

The Public Service Commissioner leads the strategic development and management of the government sector workforce to ensure the sector reflects the diversity of the wider community. 

Aboriginal employment enhances our workforce diversity and so improves the services we deliver. It helps us to better understand Aboriginal customers and communities and to develop and deliver better policies and programs. We need to grow and develop a talented and versatile Aboriginal workforce right across the sector, in a wide range of roles, and at all levels - from trainees to Department heads. 

The NSW Public Sector has made good progress in Aboriginal employment over the last ten years. Aboriginal employment levels are the highest they have ever been and the Aboriginal share of total Public Sector jobs is approaching that of the working age population as a whole. Yet there is room for us to improve on these results.

Further information on Aboriginal Workforce Development can be found on the Public Service Commission’s website.


Apprenticeships, Cadetships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The NSW public sector is already the largest employer of apprentices in the State, and a significant employer of trainees. Apprentices and trainees are involved in diverse jobs, including power generation and supply, water supply, transport, education and health infrastructure. The apprenticeship and traineeship programs are a critical component of the NSW Government's jobs strategy and its ongoing commitment to training and jobs growth for young people. The Government is also ensuring that all contractors on NSW Government infrastructure projects worth more than $100 million employ a minimum number of apprentices. For apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW Government agencies you will need to apply when they are advertised.

Sounds good. So how do I get an apprenticeship or traineeship?
Throughout the year various departments and State Owned Corporations advertise apprenticeships, in a range of occupations and locations. To find out what apprenticeships and traineeships are being advertised at the moment, search Jobs NSW using “apprentice” or “trainee” as a keyword.

Visit the State Training Services website for more information about apprenticeships and traineeships.


What's a cadetship?

A cadetship is a way for you to earn while you learn after you’ve finished your HSC. You'll get paid for the work you do while you develop new skills and learn about the work of the organisation. In some cases, such as teaching cadetships, you’ll be appointed to a permanent job once qualified.

So how do I get a cadetship?

Cadetships are available to apply for online when they are advertised on Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Cadetships in NSW public schools information is available here.

Alternatively, you can contact agencies and request information on when they run their recruiting campaigns.



We recognise the skills, knowledge, diversity and energy of our employees as our biggest assets. We value expertise and encourage innovation. A good thing about working in the NSW Government is having opportunities available to develop your career, learn new skills or even change your career. There are lots of opportunities for promotion and to move around the public sector.

Further information is available about public sector pay and conditions.


Your work / life balance is important. When you work for the NSW Government we do our best to provide the flexibility you need to combine work with other commitments you may have. This may be through part-time work, flexible working hours, job sharing and the various leave provisions available to NSW public sector employees.

Further information is available about public sector flexible work practices.


Equity and Diversity

A diverse workforce which is free of discrimination and reflective of the NSW community is more innovative and productive, and better able to deliver high quality services.

In the NSW government sector, workforce diversity encompasses initiatives to:

  • build positive workplaces and provide  support for all employees
  • strengthen workforce planning capability to integrate workforce diversity strategies
  • build a workforce  which reflects the diversity of the wider community
  • achieve the Government’s broader social responsibility objectives.

Further information on Equity and Diversity can be found on the he Public Service Commission’s website.


NSW Public Sector Capability Framework

Central to workforce performance are the capabilities – the knowledge, skills and abilities that public sector employees must demonstrate to perform their roles effectively.

The NSW Public Sector Capability Framework is a key deliverable against the Public Service Commission’s Strategic Priority to develop NSW public sector capability. The Framework provides a common foundation for creating roles, recruiting to roles, managing performance, capability development, career planning and, more broadly, workforce planning.

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