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Department of Education and Training Reviews
Reviews by Department of Education and Training graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar3.9GradAustralia surveyed 31 graduates working at Department of Education and Training. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 31 responses.
- Having the opportunity to engaging in international multilateral fora on behalf of the Australian Government.
- Engaging work that shapes national education policy in Australia, and touches the lives of most Australians.
- Having the opportunity to work on interesting projects and being given responsibility for work
- Acknowledgement of diversity, work conditions
- The people.
- No opportunities outside of Canberra.
- Overly bureaucratic and hierarchical processes can be challenging to work with.
- Poor recruitment practices, poor communication about change/ organisational restructure
- Too far removed from client for me
- It can be tricky to move from one project/area to another (from observations not experience).
What insiders say about…
I develop policies, programs and projects.
The department is fairly hierarchical. Recent staff surveys have showed relatively low morale. Senior executive retention is low in my current group. Many teams are quite siloed and fail to communicate effectively. There is some degree of socialisation amongst colleagues.
When applying for promotions: there was no interview, no applicant assessment, months without any communication
Research the organization and know what they are currently working on.
We have flexible work arrangement.
It can be a bit slow for an appropriate recruitment round to arrive for the best chance at promotion, but I am appropriately remunerated. There are no bonuses.
Moving expenses were covered for people who moved interstate. Christmas stand down and generous amounts of leave are probably the most unusual perks of the public service.
Higher management aren't very visible
L&D is pretty widely available
From entry level to mid level, it is relatively easy to move up the ranks. However, at the managerial level, moving up or securing managerial roles can be very difficult.
Very high, there is a large range of diversity networks.
Every employee has a performance agreement which is reviewed and updated every 6 months and within our performance agreements is a 'corporate contribution' section. This makes it mandatory for every employee to complete some form of volunteering,/extra-curricular activities, whether it is baking food to raise money, joining one of the diversity networks or working a shift at the social club happy hour (held every 2nd Friday). As grads we are also involved in 'Grad fundraising' for our selected charity - this year Companion House - supporting locals who have moved to Canberra to escape war-torn countries. Through our fundraising efforts (bake sales, happy hours, a trivia night, selling chocolates etc) we have raised approx. $15,000. I am also involved in the Graduate Magazine, our grad cohort agreed to release 4 editions, I have helped to organise meetings, edit and write for the magazine.
Office workstations provide enough space for staff to get their work done comfortably, dress code is fairly relaxed, facilities are very good. Office is located on the edge of Civic in Canberra so it's a short walk to Canberra Centre and restaurants.
We have 'living walls' of plants, numerous planters around the floors and motion-sensor lighting. We also have three types of garbage/recycling bins, as well as blinds on windows that can reduce heat absorption/loss. That said, the modern office has a huge reliance on high electricity consumption, with computers, lights, screens, fridges and other electrical appliances.Join us to bookmark!
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