Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Thousands of State Government workers to receive job security

    9/08/2018 2:05 PM
    • Up to 13,000 public sector staff will be considered for permanency
    • In the next year, the total could rise to 23,000
    • Continuity of experienced staff key to delivering better services to the community  

    Up to 13,000 public sector employees currently employed on a casual or fixed-term basis will be considered for immediate permanency, delivering better job security for workers and improved services for the community.


    Public servants who have worked for more than two years in fixed-term or casual contract roles are now eligible for permanent positions.


    In line with the McGowan Government's policy commitments, the Public Sector Commission will issue instructions for eligibility including:  

    • The job is correctly defined as a fixed-term position;
    • The person has been employed in the same or similar role for at least two years;
    • There is ongoing funding for the position into the future;
    • The person is not facing formal disciplinary or substandard performance action; and
    • The process complies with the Public Sector Management Act's requirements.  

    There are almost 140,000 Western Australians employed in the public sector, the majority of staff work in education and health services. 


    All employees with more than two years of service, in fixed-term or casual roles, will have their contracts reviewed. Information sessions will also be provided.


    If they comply with the criteria outlined above, they will be offered permanency.


    The State Government expects the changes will allow departments and agencies to better retain quality staff, making the public sector more efficient, improving services to the community and reducing expensive outsourcing and consultancies.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "I'm very pleased my Government is able to offer stable jobs and improved services for Western Australia.


    "Despite the fact that they may have been employed in their role for a number of years, fixed-term employees often face uncertainty, which makes it difficult to plan for the future. Being employed on a fixed-term basis can also create roadblocks when applying for home loans.


    "Today's announcement means workers will have better job security to provide for their families, and apply for the loans and services that they need, which they might have previously been exempt from.


    "We expect these changes to help create a more stable, efficient public sector that will deliver better services to Western Australians.


    "As the State's economy continues to improve, retaining high-quality staff will be crucial to maintain a strong and efficient public sector."


    Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:


    "This announcement follows the biggest shakeup of the public sector in decades, when the McGowan Government amalgamated State departments to create a stronger and more dynamic public service.


    "The changes were the first step in driving cultural change and delivering efficiency and better outcomes for our community.


    "It also highlighted that many Government workers, who provide vital services to the community, were only employed in a casual or fixed-term basis, despite their jobs existing for years. They deserve a fair go."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister's office - 6552 6700