More senior New South Wales government roles will be based in the bush under a new set of principles announced by the state government on Wednesday.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the Regional Workforce Principles would take more of the decision making out of Sydney and ensure a “greater geographical spread” of staff living in outback communities, leading to a more flexible public sector.
“This announcement will see NSW government public sector roles advertised from any location with ‘regional location encouraged’ and a commitment to increase the proportion of senior government roles in the regions by 2023,” he said.
“One thing we have learned in the past year is that you don’t need to be tethered to a desk in Sydney CBD to do a variety of jobs. It’s essential that the people who work to support this state are living and working in the communities they serve, making connections with locals, experiencing life in the regions and becoming fully immersed in the community.”
Diversifying regional economies and providing job opportunities in the bush would help protect regional NSW against the impacts of prolonged drought, fires and floods, Barilaro said.
The Department of Regional NSW was established in April 2020 with the task of handling challenges and opportunities unique to regional communities.
In the past six months, the department has established working hubs in Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo and Queanbeyan. It will soon begin helping agencies grow their workforces in regional NSW, Barilaro said.