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Our Public Sector

The South Australian public sector is one of the most diverse workforces in the state, comprised of key government departments and numerous agencies.

We are also the largest employer in the state - employing more than 100,000 people from a range of backgrounds and vocations, from entry level to mid-career and leadership professionals as well as graduates, apprentices and trainees.

The contribution we make can be seen every day, in our schools and hospitals, our environment and the justice system, emergency services and public transport.

As a public sector employee, you can be proud that the work you do is supporting the prosperity of the state.



The South Australian public sector has united under the purpose of Making a difference so South Australia thrives.

Across government, our purpose bridges the work of all agencies and pulls the public sector together to deliver for the people of South Australia.

Our purpose was developed in consultation with staff that explored why they choose to work in the public sector. Two key themes emerged:

  • The desire to make a significant difference to South Australia as a state and the people within it
  • The desire to protect and support South Australia’s people, assets and natural environment so everyone has the best opportunity to reach their potential and thrive.

If you would like to make a genuine difference to the South Australian community, join the public sector.



The South Australian public sector shares common values that guide our behaviour and practice, regardless of position, technical expertise or location.

  • Service: We proudly serve the community and Government of South Australia
  • Professionalism: We strive for excellence
  • Trust: We have confidence in the ability of others
  • Respect: We value every individual
  • Collaboration and Engagement: We create solutions together
  • Honesty and Integrity: We act truthfully, consistently, and fairly
  • Courage and Tenacity: We never give up
  • Sustainability: We work to get the best results for current and future generations of South Australians

As a sector, we follow a Code of Ethics that sets the professional standards expected of every employee.