Premier's 'small favour' of the NSW public sector: be candid about work

By Harley Dennett

May 31, 2016

Today is the last day for New South Wales public servants to contribute to the People Matter Employee Survey 2016, which closes on Tuesday, May 31.

If you haven’t yet responded, the Public Service Commission wants you to know this is an important opportunity for almost 400,000 employees to have a say about their workplace and help make the public sector a better place to work.

The survey allows you to share your perceptions of how well the public sector values and principles are applied within your organisation and to say what you think about important indicators such as your job satisfaction, well-being at work and commitment to customer service. The survey asks employees about experiences with their own work and working with their team, managers and the organisation. Participants are asked to be thoughtful, honest and candid when they complete the survey.

Responses are confidential and anonymous and the survey is being administered by ORC International.

The sector-wide results of the survey will be made available to departments and agencies after August and will be published on the Public Service Commission website shortly thereafter. If you have not received the survey please contact your HR Department or email

The survey is co-ordinated by the Public Service Commission working in collaboration with public sector departments and agencies.

Response rates across the sector

Department and agency participation rates below, last updated 23 May 2016 — up-to-date numbers can be found on the NSW PSC website.

Response rate Number of responses
Education 33.4% 23399
Family and Community Services 32% 5279
Finance 62.6% 5211
Health 17.8% 25385
Industry 30% 5200
Justice 26.2% 11511
Planning and Environment 57.4% 2964
Premier and Cabinet 64% 1106
Transport 34% 9859
Treasury 87.5% 705
Independent Agencies
 Separate Agencies 49.7% 1852
 State Owned Corporations 16.5% 1399
 External to Government Sector Agencies 41.3% 289
Overall sector response rate 27% 94159
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