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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…
Writing policy papers, briefings for senior executive and the Minister.
There is a strong hierarchy but it varies between areas. My current area both the BM and GM walk around the floor and greet people and my BM has an open door policy and is very good about sharing info and getting people involved in projects. Lots of social events and the majority of people are helpful, accepting and friendly.
Online examinations, interviews
They have a flexible work policy, working on it actively
I am very comfortable with my level of pay as a graduate. The fact that the work is interesting (for the most part) and satisfying to complete as well as being an ongoing position makes the pay rate well worth it.
Happy hours fortnightly on Fridays, raising money for a different charity every year.
Some managers are more accessible than others. My current immediate managers are particularly accessible, communicative and make good mentors. However, other areas of the department, as well as SES band 2 and above, may not be as approachable day-to-day.
The department's grad program provides training throughout the year, some of which is quite useful. I have improved my work-related writing skills and I have learnt more about the budget and cabinet processes.
Depends on the area you are in, but generally it appears that there are often many opportunities to 'act up' in the department.
I think the department is very committed to diversity, as reflected in our policies and networks. I think we are among the best agencies in this regard. However, I think we need to be doing more in terms of educating staff members on cultural sensitivities.
I believe we have a range of programs targeting Indigenous applicants etc
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.
New building, enough kitchens
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.Join us to bookmark!
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