Working for Us
The Department of Justice is committed to providing a safe, flexible work environment where the contribution of all staff is valued. We have established ethics, equity and access programs to encourage the development of every individual, and involve our staff in the planning and delivery of the Department’s services. Working for us offers:
The Department is committed to providing a workplace that is equitable, diverse and culturally inclusive, through the effective implementation of equity and diversity principles. It is also committed to providing a workplace that is free from bullying, unlawful discrimination and harassment.
To achieve successful diversity outcomes, the Department has embedded workforce diversity into workforce planning processes and will continue to develop and implement a broad range of diversity-related strategies, policies, programs and practices.
Workforce Diversity Program 2015-2016 [PDF, 662kb]
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2015-2017 [PDF, 1.81MB]
Flexible Work Practices
The Department aims to foster a flexible, responsive and productive working environment. Flexible work practices offer opportunities for the Department to improve its performance and productivity and for staff to balance their work, family and community service responsibilities.
Flexibility benefits everyone
A flexible work environment results in increased staff morale and decreased stress levels. There are also considerable cost benefits through retention of skilled staff, reduction in recruitment and training costs, and decreased absenteeism.
Whilst a range of flexible work options are available, the main options utilised by staff include part-time work, job sharing and working from home.
Policies and guidelines
To assist in the implementation of flexible work practices, we have developed policies on working from home, utilising family and community service leave and carers leave. Our Part Time Work policy is being revised, and further policies will be developed in accordance with our commitment to continuous improvement.
Support for parents
Support for staff with children is provided through the Department’s Legal Eagles Vacation Care Program and Regional Vacation Care Subsidy Scheme. The Legal Eagles Vacation Care Program, which operates during most school holiday periods, offers subsidised care for the children of staff in the metropolitan Sydney region. The Regional Vacation Care Subsidy Scheme provides part reimbursement of the expenses incurred by staff who utilise approved vacation care programs in regional and rural New South Wales.
Training and Career Development
We encourage the ongoing development of our staff and management through participation in a wide variety of training and career development opportunities.
The Department strongly encourages participation in its internal training programs. These cover workplace information, client services, information technology, supervision and management. Attendance is also encouraged in training programs of other government agencies and sector wide development opportunities.
Each year, the Premier’s Department offers scholarships for public sector staff to undertake the Public Sector Management Course. The Public Sector Management Course leads to the attainment of a university accredited Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.
Pay and Conditions
Information on rates of pay and conditions of employment for people working in the NSW public service, including the Department of Justice can be found at
Senior Executive Service
The New South Wales Chief and Senior Executive Service (SES) was established in 1989 as part of the Government's program of public sector reform. The SES comprises public service Department Heads, Senior Executives of public service departments, Heads of Public Authorities and senior executives and some senior positions in the Education Teaching Service. For more information about SES visit Public Service Commission Website: Senior Executive Service