Updating Results

Department of Education

3.9
  • #4 in Government & public services
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Department of Education Reviews

Based on 31 surveyed graduates working at Department of Education. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
3.9
Based on 31 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • 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

6.4
Career Prospects
6.4
Career Prospects
Depends on the area you are in, but generally it appears that there are often many opportunities to 'act up' in the department.
8.1
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.1
Corporate Social Responsibility
People in the department are encouraged to have corporate contributions, such as contributing to charities or working on the different employee networks.
7.8
Culture
7.8
Culture
Inclusive and diverse culture, conditions for staff are very good.
8.9
Diversity
8.9
Diversity
We have a number of diversity networks which are there to celebrate and support people from all backgrounds. The department has a good flexible working arrangement policy and people are supported to take maternity leave etc.
7.3
Satisfaction
7.3
Satisfaction
My first rotation was my diverse. Currently my day-to-day work is largely admin focused and I do not have a large amount of autonomy. But good team environment.
7.4
Management
7.4
Management
Varies by area and individual.
8.4
Office Work Environment
8.4
Office Work Environment
Good facilities, some offices are shrinking, will see how that turns out.
7
Recruitment
7
Recruitment
An online application with several selection criteria, an online automated interview where specific questions are asked, an online Skype interview with people from the Department asking occupational related questions. I applied for a specific stream, so I was asked questions related to my field of study. Really identify what your strengths and weaknesses are as an individual, don't be afraid to acknowledge you have some things to work on, use examples when you explain your strengths or abilities relating to occupational skills.
7.8
Salary
7.8
Salary
Graduates are paid quite well in my department and there's quite quick career progression so it's easy to move up a few levels in a short space of time after finishing the program. Moving expenses were covered, the APS has a high super contribution, and sometimes there are opportunities for travel.
6.6
Training
6.6
Training
The grad program training has been fantastic. 90% of our training had been really worth-while. We have done formal training in: innovation and strategy, communication skills, presentation skills, policy development, decision-making, writing and briefing skills and many others. There are also good opportunities for non-grads to attend presentations, session, workshops etc and work on their professional development.
8.5
Work Hours
8.5
Work Hours
Very flexible. I am able to work less when there is less work and work more when there is more work, to an extent. This varies across areas and managers but in the areas I have worked everyone is flexible and understanding. They know you are putting in the work even if you do not stay until 7pm every day.
6.5
Sustainability
6.5
Sustainability
I'm not sure about specific initiatives but lights automatically turn off and the building is quite new so I think it's quite energy efficient.