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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.
The Schools and Youth Cluster tends to avoid excessive hierarchy, cooperates quite well and encourages team-social cohesion. I have had less experience in other clusters, but they appear to be slightly more hierarchical on average. There are also a number of community networks that each represent a particular group of people, and support the department's drive for workplace equality.
Lengthy and detailed but also adequate.
Mostly questions based on scenarios or past experiences and how I would respond in certain situations.
Learn as much as possible about the department and think about their past experiences, challenges in the work place and at university and how they overcame them.
Occasionally have to stay back during busy periods but generally work a standard 40 hour week. Good work life balance.
Good starting salary for a graduate.
Flex time. Moving expenses and temporary accommodation paid for. Social club organises happy hours and events throughout the year.
This varies greatly from team to team too. I have had one team with an amazing director, and another which I believe is subpar.
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.
Progression is merit-based and it is quite easy to climb the ranks at lower levels.
The Department of Education and Training is serious about diversity and generally practices what it preaches. There are three 'Diversity Networks': The Women's Network, The Ability Network, The Pride Network and The Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Network all of whom organise events, fundraise for relevant charities, educate, advocate and promote important diversity issues. As far as I know child care and maternity leave are pretty good, however work could be (and is being) done on parental leave and more rights for fathers.
They have solid diversity recruitment policies and goals, but I'm not very familiar with the details.
Good. There are regular fundraising activities and charity events that employees at the department support.
Nice modern offices with good facilities. Smart/business dress code, with more relaxed dress on Fridays.
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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