Working at NSW Health:

The New South Wales Ministry of Health, known as NSW Health, supports the Minister for Health, the Minister for Regional Health, and the Minister for Mental Health. NSW Health also oversees the performance of various health organisations that together form NSW Health.

The main responsibility of NSW Health is to manage the public health system in New South Wales. This includes public hospitals, as well as related agencies and authorities like the NSW Ambulance.

NSW Health is the biggest public health system in Australia, with 228 public hospitals, and 164,000 staff.

Sixteen local health districts provide a wide range of healthcare services, ranging from primary care in remote areas to advanced healthcare in metropolitan centres. Some districts focus on specialised areas such as children’s and pediatric services, custodial health, forensic mental health, and associated agencies.


Healthcare, Government

Dept. Size

150,001 – 200,000


Women employees

16 weeks (INC 2 bonus wks)

Paid parental leave (in addition to Govt. leave)

40% (NSW Public Service)

Key management roles held by women

14 weeks

Paid secondary carers leave (in addition to Govt. leave)

Above data sourced from the organisations’ own website and if applicable the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). Data is also crowdsourced from our community. If you work in HR for this organisation and wish to update the above data please email updates to:

NSW Health’s Scorecard

A list of the local awards and recognition the company has achieved for gender equality and workplace culture initiatives.


Not a WEGA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality  The Workplace Gender Equality Agency awards a Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation. It is a voluntary leading-practice recognition program designed to encourage, recognise and promote organisations' active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.


Not a WEGA Pay Equity Ambassador  Workplace Gender Equality Agency Pay Equity Ambassador organisations must have: undertaken a pay gap analysis of its workforce in the last two years, taken action on the results, reported pay equity metrics to the executive and board, and communicated their pay equity initiatives to their employees.

Employee Ratings

Scores for NSW Health are based on 20 ratings*

Overall Job Satisfaction (out of 5)



would recommend to other women


believe women are treated equally to men

Equal Opportunities

We asked current or past employees to give NSW Health a rating out of 5 stars for equality. The data displays how satisfied reviewers are with equality of leadership opportunities and pay.

We also asked how equally they believe all employees are treated regardless of differences inc. gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age etc.

  • Representation of women in leadership – 5 (out of 5) 100% 100%
  • satisfaction with pay – 5 100% 100%
  • employees treated equally regardless of difference – 3 60% 60%
  • CEO supports gender equality – 4 80% 80%


We asked employees to give NSW Health a rating out of 5 stars for the level of flexibility offered for work scheduling, hours and location. We also measured support for paid time off, including annual leave, personal leave and sick days.

  • support for Flexible work – 2 (out of 5)
  • ability to work remotely – 2
  • ability to work part time or compressed days – 2
  • ability to take paid time off work – 5


We asked employees to give NSW Health a rating out of 5 stars for their policies and practises that support parents and families. 

  • Parental leave policy & practises – 4 (out of 5)
  • support for taking parental leave – 4
  • Formal & informal support for families – 4


Responded "Yes"

Are fathers and non-birth parents given access to adequate parental leave and supported to take it?

Development & Enrichment

We asked employees to give NSW Health a rating out of 5 stars for the support they received for their learning & development, mentorship and wellbeing at work. We also asked how supported they feel by management.

  • Learning & Development Opportunities – 3 (out of 5)
  • formal & informal mentoring – 3
  • supportive management – 3
  • wellbeing initiatives – 3


We asked employees to give NSW Health a rating out of 5 stars for how respectful and inclusive the culture is.  We measured how responsive NSW Health are to issues raised and how equally all employees are treated at the company. Finally, we measured how comfortable reviewers felt to bring their ‘whole self’ to work and be accepted.

  • respectful & inclusive colleagues – 4 (out of 5)
  • employer responsiveness to discrimination – 3
  • sense of belonging – 3

*Above data was crowdsourced from community surveys and as such is anecdotal

Employee Reviews

We encourage women to leave anonymous reviews of their experiences at NSW Health. These are individual opinions and personal stories, that may provide insight into what it’s really like to work at the company, however they have not been verified.

five stars

Finding the right role and team is essential, but overall good place as a woman to work. Current workplace not as flexible as whole organisation. Had issues with discrimination due to parental status. Advised of own gender pay gap and was fixed. “

Overall Job Satisfaction:  4 / 5 

Do you believe women and men are treated equally?


What’s unequal?


Have you been treated unequally due to aspects of your identity?

Gender, Parental status”

One thing they can improve: 

More flexibility, More development opportunities, Improved work-life balance

Would you recommend this employer to other women? 

“Yes. Depending on the department, very good employer of predominantly women.”

Position / Department:

Not Published

Satisfied Anonymous Reviewer

Senior Level, Posted 2023

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