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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 am happy enough with my role, and my team makes an effort to give me interesting work. However, I would like to work in a legal area, so policy reform is not what I'm after.
There is noticeable hierarchy however within the teams that I have worked in, I feel supported and respected.
This was a long time ago as I joined the grad program once I completed my Indigenous cadetship. This means that my entry was different.
Be yourself and be genuine.
We have flexible work arrangement.
Well paid - however the opportunity for bonuses and all permanent promotions are few and far between.
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.
There are various training program opportunities (some compulsory during the graduate program year), such as resilience training, data, cultural awareness, policy development, writing skills, and behavioural economics.
Progression is merit-based and it is quite easy to climb the ranks at lower levels.
I believe this is one of the best workplaces for fostering a sense of community via inclusion, respect and diversity. The department is open to celebrating different cultural events as well as marking LGBTI days of acknowledgement and celebration among other areas. There is an ability network, pride network, women's network and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander network. There is lots of support for these networks and comes from the top down.
People in the department are encouraged to have corporate contributions, such as contributing to charities or working on the different employee networks.
The dress code is appropriate corporate attire and on Friday's it is slightly more casual. The office itself is fine however layout may need to be fixed in the future.
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