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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…
Graduates are kept busy with rotation work, social club duties and completion of a graduate certificate in public administration. The diversity of work on offer as part of rotations is high and it is possible to rotate through a number of interesting areas. Time management skills are essential.
The culture at the Department is one of a kind. People are friendly and your friendships extend beyond your immediate work area to all over the Department. Social events are held where colleagues, from all levels in the Department, mingle and interact informally.
Questions were focused on what you would do in a certain situation.
Company is flexible, however sometimes you have to stay due longer due to team projects.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the level of business travel offered in the Australian Public Service, even at junior levels. In just three years I have travelled on business to Brisbane, Sydney (multiple times), Melbourne (multiple times) and even Burma as part of an Australian delegation. The regular opportunities to travel (on Commonwealth business) are a key part of working out of Canberra.
I have had great experiences with the management in the Department. Whilst the Department is hierarchical, there is a good flow of communication and positive feedback from the management.
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.
Graduate position has a guaranteed promotion on successful completion of the program. Moving up appears to be contingent on working hard, proving yourself before being given promotions.
Commitment to diversity is strong, with many events, fundraising and awareness activities. However, the workforce is not that diverse.
Offers assistance in moving, mentors etc to help these people work in the Department. There are also programmes such as indigenous cadetships.
We run numerous events for charities and social initiatives.
Our offices are open plan with most staff in 'pods' of four cubicles. It's a non-descript 70s concrete building but centrally-located with lots of natural light. The dress code varies substantially from Division to Division. In my area business pants, shirt and tie are standard with some kind of collar for Casual Friday.
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