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Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development & Cities Reviews
Reviews by Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development & Cities graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.2GradAustralia surveyed 51 graduates working at Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development & Cities. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 51 responses.
- Good teamwork culture, good manager, good work life balance
- Friendly atmosphere. Well respected organisation. Opportunities for advancement
- Chance to be involved with a wide range of interesting issues. Good progression prospects. Good social environment.
- The feeling that I am contributing to real-world outcomes while being intellectually stimulated by my work. Culture is also fantastic. Has also exposed me to many areas of policy, regulation and implementation.
- The great workplace culture. I've found most people, from the lower levels right up to the Secretary, to be very approachable.
- Highly politicised, which can be a bad thing sometimes.
- Limited opportunity to work outside of Canberra
- Limited contact with other companies/Departments.
- It's in Canberra
What insiders say about…
I am a Project Officer with the Office of Transport Security. On a day-to-day basis, I can be responsible for directly managing up to ten projects at a time. In addition to this, I am regularly consulted in projects run by other staff, and assist my team on an ad hoc basis. My days are incredibly varied, and I can never be certain what to expect. However, it is this aspect of my job which keeps me engaged and interested each day. I also enjoy the chance to be responsible and accountable for my own projects.
Very relaxed and friendly with a lot of socialising. Hierarchy is still important but nobody gets too serious about it.
Can't remember exactly but they were all very 'APS selection criteria" - using communication and productive relationships, achieving results...
The public service allows you to negotiate your own start and finish times. The only requirement is that you must work a 7.5 hour day, which amounts to a 37.5 hour week (when working full time). Your working times can be negotiated with your supervisors, and supervisors are understanding when you may need to have appointments during work areas. On average, staff within my immediate team begin work anywhere between 7am-9:30 am, and finish between 3:30pm and 6pm. At times, staff may need to work additional hours. However, depending on your position within the company, you are compensated for those hours. For example, as an APS1-6 (entry to mid-level employee), you accrue flex hours, and you can then use those hours to take time off work (through consultation with your supervisor).
The Department is not that well paid compared to other APS departments. My particular position carries a lot of responsibility that is not reflected by pay.
Middle management are generally quite available in my experience. Senior executives are always busy (understandably) so are less accessible. The Department has management systems in place for individual performance, and a number of series of meetings and communication channels for internal distribution of information
Some of the more advanced legislative training has been good. It would be better if people were assessed for their existing capabilities and knowledge, rather than having everyone do the same training.
In my personal experience it has not been as easy to progress as in other areas of the Department. The area in which I work is a very popular, high-profile policy area so staff turnover tends to be much lower and vacancies/progression opportunities are rare. This is not the experience of most of my Grad colleagues, however. Some have been promoted three times in three years and now earn six figures!
They have a strong internship and cadet programme. They provide study assistance.
Excellent mental health awareness programs and other social inclusion initiatives.
The Office is located in the in the city centre of Canberra, next to the main bus interchange. This means it is easily accessible by public transport. The offices are open plan, and all staff members have their own set work station. Desks are organised into pods of four, usually with a table in the centre for meetings. There is plenty of space between desks, so staff don't feel they are on top of one another. Staff are expected to wear professional attire whilst at work. The Department allows casual Friday - as long as staff wear appropriate, smart-casual attire.
The Department doesn't have a specific carbon footprint reduction approach, but there are smaller initiatives to be more environmentally friendly.Join us to bookmark!
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