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Whenever you see an ambulance on its way to an emergency, visit a public hospital, drop your kids off to their public school, renew your driver’s licence or visit a TAFE NSW campus, you are experiencing the public service in action.
In NSW, the public service comprises eight clusters Premier and Cabinet, Treasury, Customer Service, Planning, Industry and Environment, Transport, Health, Education and Stronger Communities.
Careers in the public service are amongst the most rewarding, flexible and varied. You can find your career path at Federal, State or Local Government level with jobs in technology, administration, nursing, management, teaching and so much more.
Our Certificate IV in Government and Diploma of Government are valuable for all areas of public service. If you are interested in a career in local government, take the Certificate III in Local Government or Certificate IV in Local Government (Regulatory Services).
Our procurement, purchasing and contracting courses are focused on public-sector processes and regulations and we are the trusted flagship provider in this career area. From short courses to the Certificate IV in Procurement and Contracting, we’ve got public sector careers covered.
As the Government's public provider of vocational education and training (VET), TAFE NSW is committed to training the next generation of people ready for public sector careers.
Graduates of our courses go on public sector careers and local government careers, such as:
- Local Government compliance officer
- Occupational health and safety inspector
- Workcover inspector
- Policy manager (public sector)
- Customer service manager (public sector)
- Community engagement officer
- Border protection offer
- Purchasing and procurement manager
The NSW public sector is Australia’s largest employer, with 329,000 people employed in full-time roles across 10 clusters. Health, Education, Justice, Transport and Industry make up the large proportion of this workforce1. There are also 242,100 employees in the Commonwealth Government, and 194,000 in local government careers2.
Key frontline government career paths like teaching, nursing, police officers, social and welfare professionals and firefighters continue their growth, as our population rises and demand for quality of care and service in the community increases.
The NSW Government knows diversity matters. A Premier’s Priority3 is to have women in 50% of senior leadership roles and to double the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in senior leadership positions from a baseline of 57 (in2014) to 114 by 2025.
In Jobs for people with disability: A plan for the NSW public sector, there was a sector wide goal to increase representation of people with a disability to 5.6% representation by 2027.
According to Deloitte, there are nine government transformation trends. These are augmented Government, digital citizenship, using behavioural science for nudging for good, data and ethics, predictive analytics, cloud innovation, government innovation, smart government and client experience.
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Why study a course in Government at TAFE NSW?
A course in Government can allow you to provide leadership and guidance to others and develop new practices and procedures that will improve your community or region. Working for a government organisation can be a thought provoking and meaningful career.
TAFE NSW offers a range of Procurement & Contracting, and Operations Courses that are linked to the Government and Public sectors. Our Government Studies Courses provide students with current processes & regulations, project management, and practical skills to demonstrate autonomy and judgement.
Completions of TAFE NSW Government Courses can lead to potential career pathways at Federal, State or Local Government level, such as a community engagement officer, public servant, or a customs & border protection officer.
TAFE NSW offers a wide range of courses at a number of levels to suit your needs. Whether you're just starting out in your Government career, want to upgrade your skills or simply broaden your horizons, enquire today.