Leaving the public service
If you are a permanent employee, you may leave the public service by:
- resigning at any time
- retiring if you are 55 years and over
- retiring earlier under an approved voluntary early retirement scheme.
If your position is made redundant as a result of workplace change, your agency must seek to identify an alternative suitable role for you in the Queensland Government. Under the supporting employees affected by workplace change program, a voluntary redundancy may be available if an alternative role cannot be identified.
Retrenchment may only occur in exceptional circumstances, as stated in the Employment security policy (PDF, 409KB).
You may be able to apply for a voluntary medical retirement package if your agency has agreed to apply the voluntary medical retirement scheme and you have medical evidence certifying that you have an injury or illness that prevents you from continuing in or returning to your current role or other roles.
Under the Employment separation procedures directive, all agencies must have procedures in place for employees when they leave the public service.
You should complete a checklist acknowledging you have returned all government property, and completed any other processes required. Check with your HR team to see how this works in your agency.
Chief executives, senior executives (SES), and equivalent officers must:
- complete the CEO and SES separation checklist and return to your HR team
- sign a declaration that you understand your obligations under the Public Service Act 2008 (PDF, 1.17MB), the Code of Conduct, and the Lobbyists Code of Conduct.