Response to NSW public sector recruitment claims

6 January 2016

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The NSW Department of Industry is not recruiting new executives to oversee TAFE as reported today.

As part of the NSW Government Employment Sector reform process, all agencies are required to comply with the Government Sector Employment Act and implement new senior executive structures. State Training Services moved from the Department of Education to the Department of Industry in mid-2015. State Training Services has been restructured to fit within the new Skills and Industry Policy Division and to comply with the new reforms.

Every other NSW Government agency has also gone through the process of complying with these reforms. As in any restructure, some positions have changed and only a small number of additional executive positions have been created and these are in recognition of the need to drive new reform agendas.

Further, the restructure has occurred within the Division of the Department responsible for vocational education and training in NSW, including overseeing government-subsidised training through Smart and Skilled.

The positions advertised are not within TAFE NSW. 

Having a skilled workforce to support and sustain our state's strong economy going forward is fundamental. Through this restructure, the Department is ensuring it has the very best people with the right skillsets to drive reform in this critical area.