As an employee for the Department for Communities (DFC), you will enjoy a variety of benefits and flexible working conditions.
Salary and relevant awards
Salary payments are paid fortnightly and are transferred into your nominated bank account, building society or credit union account.
A snapshot on conditions of employment and for full details of the Public Service General Agreement 2006 and Public Service Award 1992 refer to www.wairc.wa.gov.au
DFC provides employees with the ability to salary package utilising one of the Department's service providers. You may wish to salary sacrifice the following:
- Employee Superannuation voluntary contributions
- Novated Lease Vehicles
- Membership fees and subscriptions to professional associations
- Financial counselling fees
- Disability / income protection insurance premiums
- Self education expenses relating to work
- Mobile phones for predominantly business use (incidental private use)
- Laptop, and notebook or similar portable computer (one per employee per year)
- Contributions to private superannuation fund
New DFC employees will automatically become a non-contributory member of the West State Superannuation Scheme administered through the Government Employees Superannuation Board – www.gesb.wa.gov.au. The employer contribution is currently 9%.
Work life balance initiatives
DFC is striving to be an ‘employer of choice’. We have a number of work-life balance initiatives in place to assist employees with family responsibilities and other personal / lifestyle needs. In line with operational requirements and a mutual agreement with your Manager, the following opportunities may be available to you:
- Phased retirement
- Work and family resource kit or library
- Part time work or job share
- Home telecommuting
- Paid parental leave
- Purchased leave
- Personal leave
- Long service leave (13 weeks paid after 7 years continuous service for employees on salary)
DFC also offers an employee assistance program to all employees, which is free, professional and confidential via our preferred service providers.
Career development options
DFC is committed to working with employees to develop career paths that will enable them to maximise their contribution to our organisation, achieve job satisfaction and broaden their skills set and opportunities to take them to the next level.
We provide you with a variety of learning and development opportunities through on-the job experience, secondment and acting opportunities and formal training. We encourage employees to be responsible in taking the initiative to develop their skills and broaden their experience. You may be eligible for study leave to assist you with your career plans.
In addition to the above, DFC offers traineeships / cadetships, work experience and social worker student placements.
Head Office and other locations in both metro and regions
We have a number of offices located throughout the Perth metropolitan area and in regional Western Australia. DFC offers a unique work experience in rural and remote locations. From the Kimberleys in the North to the Great Southern in the South. If you are after a lifestyle change – either a sea or tree view, we may have an office nearby for you.
An all inclusive and supportive work environment
In addition to the above, we offer excellent working conditions; that is open and inclusive. We have a variety of career opportunities where you can use your skills in varied roles across the Department and the State of Western Australia. If you want to make a difference in people’s lives and work along side people with diverse backgrounds, we want to hear from you.
We employ professionals from the following job disciplines:
- Social workers and support staff
- Research, Policy and Project Officers
- Administrative Support Officers