Why Work With Us

Our department offers a positive workplace culture, and excellent benefits and conditions.

Our benefits and conditions 

At the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, we believe in a workplace that enables you to thrive. This includes a focus on flexible working arrangements, support for learning and development opportunities and a focus on supporting and building diversity.

Life Balance
We have a Flexibility Framework, so our staff and their teams can have a work-life balance which works for them.

Learning and Development
An environment where learning and development opportunities are embraced and encouraged, from on-the-job training, to access to online courses, to a study leave policy, enabling you to further you career, education or build skills and capability.

Diversity and Inclusion
We are supportive of all diverse groups, and have a number of Employee Networks, covering culturally and linguistic diverse groups, disability, gender, people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTI+ and mature age. These Networks are supported by our organisation to ensure our workplace is inclusive.

Our Enterprise Agreement provides our employees with attractive leave entitlements - including Christmas closedown leave on top of your general annual leave entitlements. We also provide access to cultural, compassionate and community service leave alongside your general leave entitlements.

Remuneration and Superannuation
Our Enterprise Agreement and our Section 24(1) determination provides our employees with competitive salaries and a minimum of 15.4% superannuation. Over 90% of our staff are happy with their monetary remuneration.

Our Culture

At the heart of what we do are our five culture traits – look forward, collaborate, work smarter, communicate openly and trust.

To find out more about our culture program, visit our culture page.

If we sound like the department for you, visit our external vacancies page to see what roles are available. 

Our APS Census

The APS Employee Census is a survey administered to all APS employees, and collects information on important workforce issues, such as job satisfaction, employee engagement, performance management and leadership. This gives us insights into what we do well, and what we can improve on to make our department a great place to work. In 2019, we had very strong staff participation, with 92 per cent of our employees responding. We also had positive increases across almost all areas of the Census compared to previous years, which reflect the initiatives we put in place to address areas of improvement.

These initiatives include our Mental Health Action Plan 2019-2021, our Health and Wellbeing Strategy, endorsement of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Action Plan, development of our Flexibility Framework, and much more.

Below, you will find a link to our APS Census results report for 2019.

Note, the 2019 Census includes responses from staff within the Skills and Training Cluster which was transferred to the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business as part of the Machinery of Government changes that were announced in late May 2019.

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