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Public Sector IR - About Us 

Public Sector Industrial Relations focuses on industrial relations issues specific to the NSW public sector. 

Our Purpose

To lead the development, review and evaluation of industrial relations policies, strategies and practices across the NSW public sector to align with public sector workforce requirements, strategic workforce capabilities and best practice.

  • To manage the implementation of tactical and operational aspects of public sector industrial relations policy and practice, ensuring consistency of application with Government policy objectives.
  • To provide central, strategic support to the Minister for Industrial Relations, Cabinet and the Secretary of Treasury.

What we do

Provide strategic and expert advice and counsel on industrial relations issues, including wages policy, conditions of employment and the broader implications of industrial relations policy and practice on public sector service delivery.

  • Manage major public sector industrial issues, including matters concerning awards, agreements and disputes that have a significant impact on service delivery.
  • Lead industrial relations negotiations across the NSW public sector.
  • Intervene in major industrial cases that have a sector-wide impact or set precedent.
  • Contribute to the inter-jurisdictional relationship across the public sector nationally.

Public Sector Industrial Relations became part of NSW IR on 1 July 2012. Its functions were formerly the responsibility of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. The policies and publications released prior to 1 July 2012 can be found attached to Memoranda and Circulars on the Department of Premier and Cabinet website.

Public Sector employees

If you are a NSW Public Sector employee seeking information about public sector conditions and entitlements, please contact your relevant Department or Agency Human Resources Branch in the first instance.

Further assistance may be provided by the Public Service Commission on (02) 9272 6000 or email