Facts, figures and visuals on new starters, separations and mobility in the public sector workforce

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Key facts

All public sector

  • 49,995 non-casual employees started with a Victorian public sector body
  • 35,007 non-casual employees separated from a Victorian public sector body.

Victorian Public Service Only

  • 15,664 non-casual employees started with a Victorian Public Service agency
  • 76% of new employees (11,909) were employed on a fixed-term basis
  • 7,828 non-casual employees separated from a Victorian Public Service agency.

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Non-casual employee new start and separation rates

Public sector

Public entities

New start and separation rates of non-casual public sector employees by age

This graph shows the percentage of non-casual employees who started with a new employer between July 2020 and June 2021.

For example, 49% of employees under 25 years of age started during the 2020-21 financial year.

Distribution of new starting and separating non-casual public sector employees by age

This graph shows a percentage breakdown of all the new starting and separating non-casual employees by age.

For example, of all the non-casual employees who started with a new employer during the 2020-21 financial year, 17% of them were under 25 years of age.

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Mobility rates in the Victorian Public Service, non-casual employees

The Victorian Public Service is a single employer with common terms and conditions for employees, made up of:

  • 9 departments
  • Victoria Police
  • 45 offices and authorities

As a large and diverse employer, Victorian Public Service employees can build satisfying careers across a service-wide structure.

In July 2019, the government set up the Jobs and Skills Exchange to support mobility in the Victorian Public Service.

Since its introduction along with a new recruitment policy, the number of people transferring between Victorian Public Service agencies has increased from 1,175 to 2,506.

Between 2020-21, 2,506 or 4.4% of all ongoing and fixed-term employees moved between Victorian Public Service employers.

The mobility rate between financial years:

  • doubled from 2018-19 to the 2019-20
  • fell between 2019-20 and 2020-21 due to a rise in public service employment in response to COVID-19 service demands.

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Mobility intentions of Victorian Public Service employees

In the People matter survey 2021 we asked respondents ‘What is your career plan for the next 2 years?’.

We found that:

  • two-thirds of respondents intended to stay at their current organisation
  • only 3.1% intended to move to another Victorian Public Service agency.

Data set for this topic

This data set covers June 2016 to June 2021.

We source this data from our annual workforce and executive data collections that cover over 1,800 Victorian public sector employers.

Employee turnover

This file has the number and rate of non-casual public sector employees separating and commencing each financial year by:

  • age group
  • industry.

Download employee turnover data set (XLSX, 52kb)