The Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (GSE Act) sets out the employment and development framework for Public Service senior executives with an emphasis on capabilities, performance, development and mobility.
Legislation and policy both regulate senior executive employment conditions. If you work in the NSW Health Service, NSW Transport Service, or NSW Police Force your conditions may differ with those in the Public Service. Check in with your HR team for more information.
Executives are employed in four senior executive bands in the public service:
- Band 4—Secretary level
- Band 3—Deputy Secretary level
- Band 2—Executive Director level
- Band 1—Director level
The NSW Public Service Senior Executive Work Level Standards (WLS) determine the appropriate band for senior executive roles. The WLS apply to all senior executive roles in the Public Service, other than Band 4 – Secretary level. The WLS are descriptive standards which define the type of work that would be expected at Band 1, Band 2 and Band 3. As a senior executive you will be employed in the relevant band and then assigned to a role that falls within that band.
Mobility helps employees experience new areas of work, increase their knowledge, develop their capabilities, and bring new ideas into the workplace. Under the GSE Act, you may be assigned to different roles within your band, your agency or the sector.
You may also be temporarily assigned to another role in the same band (at level) or a higher band (above level) under the Government Sector Employment Rules 2014 (GSE Rules). The Assignment to Role Guidelines outline the policy and procedures to be followed in implementing the GSE Act provisions and GSE Rules for movement by assignment.