Office for the Public Sector


Public Sector Employee Mobility

The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Commonwealth Aged Care reforms (the Reforms) affects some public sector employees. To best support those employees, the South Australian Government endorsed a centrally managed employee mobility strategy to actively prioritise Department of Human Services’ (DHS) ongoing employees for vacancies across the public sector.

The Guidelines support the retention of skilled and experienced public sector employees and helps to minimise service disruption and risks associated with the loss of employees in service areas impacted by the reforms.


Employees will be centrally case-managed by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment’s Workforce Transition Unit’s consultants who will partner with employees to identify suitable public sector vacancies.  Consultants will also provide advice and assistance in career support services, including resume preparation, job applications, career transition plans and interview techniques.

Employees will be given priority access to vacancies (following consideration of work-injured and employees declared excess to requirements) consistent with the Commissioner’s Guideline.

A Practitioner’s Guide is available here


In accordance with the Direction of the Premier – Public Sector Employee Mobility Strategy, and the Commissioner’s Guideline public sector agencies will be required to prioritise materially affected DHS ongoing staff for vacancies (following consideration of work-injured employees and those declared as excess to requirements) and hold (and back-fill where necessary) positions for ongoing DHS ongoing employees needed to be retained to support the implementation of the reforms.

The Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Erma Ranieri, is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the extent to which Chief Executives, agency heads and delegates are complying with the Premier’s Direction.

Where there is disagreement as to the suitability of an employee employed in DHS, for a transfer to a role/duties/position in another agency, the Commissioner will review the potential transfer and remit the matter to the relevant agency for further consideration with a recommendation as to the suitability of the employee. The Chief Executive, agency head or delegate in the potential receiving agency is to consider the recommendations of the Commissioner in determining the suitability of the employee.

A Practitioner’s Guide is available here

Workforce Mobility Pathway


For more information, please email the Workforce Transition Unit

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