ICAC chief John Hatzistergos amongst top earners in NSW public sector

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A recent analysis of annual financial reports has revealed the highest earners among the NSW public service sector, and on the list is Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) boss John Hatzistergos.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Mr Hatzistergos was paid $796,128 in the last financial year alone, earning more than the NSW Premier Chris Minns who was paid $416,440.

CEO of the state-owned workers’ compensation insurer, icare, Richard Harding, earned $1,053,000 in 2022-23 and was the highest-paid person in the NSW bureaucracy.

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John Hatzistergos. Photo: Renee Nowytarger.

The Minns government passed legislation in 2023 to freeze pay for the top executives for two years, but it is now under pressure to deliver on a key election pledge to cut the number of public sector senior executives by 15 per cent.

A spokesman for the NSW Government said agencies are “currently in the process of implementing this policy.”

The plan to freeze pay and reduce executive numbers was predicted to save $745 million over four years.

Source: The Daily Telegraph.

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