Careers in Justice NSW

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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:

Workforce Diversity

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 2019-2022 [PDF, 2MB] 

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.

Options available

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.

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

Public Service Senior Executive

Public Service Senior Executive (PSSE) are employed under the Government Sector Employment (GSE) Act 2013. The GSE Act commenced on 24 February 2014. 

PSSE comprises the following four broad senior executive bands under the Government Sector Employment (Senior Executive Bands) Determination 2014:

  • Band 4 – Department Secretaries
  • Band 3 – Deputy Secretaries and Agency Heads
  • Band 2 – Executive Directors 
  • Band 1 – Directors 

For PSSEs, the GSE Regulation and Rules set out the employment arrangements including a model written executive contract to which they agree to be bound when they are employed.

The GSE Act provides for the remuneration package of a PSSE to be within the range determined under the Statutory and Other Offices Remuneration Act 1975 (SOOR Act) for the band in which the executive is employed. Refer to Remuneration and Benefits for further information.

The Public Service Commission has a range of guidance materials on the Employment Portal that are the primary resource on senior executive employment matters.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2019-2022

Download the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2019 - 2022 in PDF [​2MB]

Cover of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2019-2022

Workforce diversity

The Department of Justice is committed to improved employment access and participation for workforce diversity groups.

Workforce Diversity Program 2016-2018 [PDF  662kb] 

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