Office for the Public Sector


State of the Sector

Each year the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment releases the State of the Sector, a report that details how the public sector principles have been put into action throughout the financial year.

The Public Sector Act 2009 outlines the public sector principles, which apply to all public sector agencies and employees.

The public sector principles are:

  • public focus
  • responsiveness
  • collaboration
  • excellence
  • employer of choice
  • ethical behaviour and professional integrity
  • legal requirements.

The Commissioner also reports on other subjects related to employment within the public sector, including:

  • cultural and structural reform
  • progress on workforce diversity targets
  • recruitment
  • workforce development
  • workforce planning and management
  • key policy changes
  • changes to the Commissioner’s Determinations and Guidelines
  • reviews, grievances and whistleblower disclosures.

State of the Sector Dashboard

In 2018, the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment streamlined workforce data collection and can now access data more readily. Part of this process involved the creation of the Public Sector Employment Review (PSER), a sector-wide agency survey that allows agencies to provide responses to a range of questions about how they have implemented core policies on workforce performance, culture and integrity.

Data collated from the PSER can be accessed from the PSER Dashboard or downloaded as a data file from the link below.

In addition to the PSER, the 2019 State of the Sector also drew upon the responses to the inaugural sector-wide I WORK FOR SA – Your Voice Survey results. It is the first time employee views have been used as a data source in the State of the Sector. The sector-wide results can be found here.

State of the Sector Reports

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