Case Study: The NSW Public Sector Framework and the 'Eight Criteria Rule'
In NSW, the Public Sector Capability (PSC) Framework2, which applies in some way to most state government employees, includes 16 capabilities under four themes, with four additional capabilities (20 in total) for an employee in a people management role.
According to the Public Service Commission of NSW3 Personnel Handbook:
“Selection criteria should be listed in priority order and must be limited to eight criteria. All criteria should be written in plain English. Avoid using jargon, particularly terms that would be unfamiliar to applicants who have not worked in the Public Service.”
Both position design and position advertising are limited in NSW to a maximum of eight selection criteria. When designing or reviewing a position, the top eight capabilities for the role are determined. The Public Service Commission provides tools to job managers to help them analyse the components of roles according to the PSC Framework to determine the most relevant criteria.