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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…
My role requires a lot of reading and research, as well as synthesising information. Transport security requires both analytical skills and team discussions.
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.
Do research on the Department and the work that they will be doing. Also, spend time thinking about your own experiences and how they relate to the role you are applying for.
Company is flexible, however sometimes you have to stay due longer due to team projects.
In comparison to other Federal Departments, Infrastructure is at the lower end of the scale for pay. However, we have generous allowances to compensate, including generous personal leave.
The Department has a Bar which opens every pay-week fortnight on a Friday. Drinks are cheap. The Department covers the cost of moving expenses for Graduate Program employees.
My direct managers are very approachable, casual, have excellent communication skills and are consistently open about performance.
There has been lots of training. The in-house training is a bit of a box ticking exercise but I have learnt bits and pieces. The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration has been good, but could be improved. I learnt a lot about the public service and government finance in this.
Acting at the next level up is reasonably easy to obtain, but substantive promotion opportunities are harder to come by (rarer, more hotly contested).
Parents are given access to flexible working arrangements and retention appears good. Gender diversity appears to be good in the executive.
There is an indigenous graduate recruitment scheme and disability recruitment scheme.
We run numerous events for charities and social 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 has to follow many processes and procedures that are set by other agencies or are whole of government rules. This means we have less control over things like the way we use paper files, etc.Join us to bookmark!
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