Careers at the Department of Communities - benefits

Working at Communities can be both personally and professionally rewarding, with the biggest benefit being the contribution you’ll make to achieving positive outcomes for the WA community.

In return for your skills, passion and commitment we offer you a challenging job, a safe and healthy working environment and a range of benefits from attractive salaries and flexible leave arrangements to learning and development opportunities.

Most of our workforce is covered by an industrial agreement called the Public Sector CSA Agreement 2021. To find other industrial agreements and awards, visit the WA Industrial Relations Commission website.

Pay and leave

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Our salaries are competitive and include annual increases up to the limit of the salary band. We make employer contributions of 10% to your superannuation fund, and you can make extra contributions yourself. You also have access to a suite of salary packaging options that includes such things as novated vehicle leases and laptops used for work.

Our leave provisions are generous. Permanent and fixed term employees are given 20 working days annual leave (pro rata for part time) with an annual leave loading payment and three months paid long service leave after seven years of consecutive service.

You’ll also have access to 15 days personal leave (pro rata for part time) if you or family members are unwell or to help you to manage life’s unexpected emergencies.

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees have access to five days cultural and ceremonial leave.

For those planning a family, 14 weeks paid leave is available (parental and adoption) after 12 months of continuous service. Grandparents can also access unpaid leave.

Specific information for different employment types and arrangements, is covered in the relevant industrial agreement.

Regional benefits

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If you are working in a regional area, you may be eligible for a range of other benefits depending on your circumstances and district or geographical location. These might include:

  • District allowance
  • Air-conditioning subsidies for properties with refrigerated air-conditioning
  • An additional week of annual leave if you are based above 26th Parallel South
  • Paid travel time and annual leave travel concession for certain districts
  • Paid regional medical travel
  • Subsidised housing may be available

Your career and development

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We offer a range of opportunities to develop your skills and fulfil your career aspirations. We take a 70:20:10 approach to learning which recognises that the majority of your learning comes from experience, experiment and reflection; and working with others.  

Our Let’s Talk performance development process focusses on your development and career aspirations. You’ll discuss and agree with your manager whether on-the-job training, in-house formal courses, external seminars/webinars or workshops will help you attain your goals. 

Capable leaders and managers are critical to our success. Everyone (regardless of their role) has access to our online Leadership and Management Hub - a one-stop-shop for information, tools, resources and courses to develop leadership and management skills.

Our Mentoring Program is specifically aimed at developing people managers and encouraging collaboration.

Our Learning and Development Unit offers a comprehensive suite of face-to-face and online courses related to child protection, cultural responsiveness and culturally safe practices, family and domestic violence, disability services, residential care and foster carer learning.

Temporary vacancies are regularly advertised on our internal jobs board, and we encourage all our employees to apply. They give you the opportunity to take on new challenges and learn new skills and try out a new role

Your health and wellbeing

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Our Work Health and Safety Team is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment and building a strong safety and wellbeing culture.

Our dedicated Health and Wellbeing Hub supports employee wellbeing by providing information and resources on corporate health cover discounts, mental and physical health, COVID-19, self-care and healthy recipes, corporate health challenges and other health related events throughout the year.  We also offer free annual influenza vaccinations and you may be eligible for subsidies for eyesight testing and spectacles.

Our Employee Assistance Program provides free confidential services for staff and their immediate family members to support their wellbeing in the workplace and personal lives, including financial counselling.

Helping you balance life and work

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It’s important to us that we provide an environment that lets you maintain a healthy balance between work and life.

We aim to offer full or part time permanent employment that provides security and peace of mind. For those who prefer it, we also have contract positions for time limited projects or to fill in for someone on long term leave. We may also advertise for casual or seasonal workers where it’s appropriate.

You can discuss a range of flexible work options with your manager that, depending on your role and location, might include working at alternative locations or from home on occasions, flexi leave arrangements, purchasing additional annual leave, and compacted working hours. 

Staying connected

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Networks, respectful working relationships and friendships at work help us stay mentally healthy, work collaboratively and make work a place we want to be. 

The Communities Social Club, open to all staff and their family and friends of members, is a great way to meet new people and build a network.

Our employee driven Yammer groups offer like-minded people the opportunity to connect virtually to share knowledge or ideas, promote a good cause or just discuss their passions. 

Some examples include the Christmas Presents for Children in Care that organises gifts for kids in care; and Proud Communities - a safe space for discussion for LGBTQI+ people and Allies.

Page reviewed 17 May 2022