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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 first two years in the role were a fascinating learning curve engaging with a whole new global industry and regulatory framework. Although I remain interested in the overall subject matter I work on, it is now tending towards the formulaic and repetitive: regular ministerial briefing, standard regulatory processes, cyclical policy debates and correspondence.
Fantastic culture. The Department is very keen to develop graduates, and all of my Supervisors have been very approachable. My team often have lunch together, and we enjoy going out socially while being a cohesive working group.
Previous experience. How I work with others. What interests me. What I like doing. How I have overcome and dealt with difficult situations.
Get in touch with the panel prior to seek clarity of role and what they are looking for. Putting a face to an application is very important. Focus on your personal attributes - with a focus on working within both good and bad teams. Be humble. You can be shown what to do once you're in the role. It is more important to display your personality and how you work with others. Don't be nervous. The Department has a great culture. They are not trying to slip you up. It the questions seems simple, it's because it is. Don't overcomplicate your responses and be natural.
I am required to work 7.5 hours per day which can be taken at any time between 7am and 7pm (by negotiation with my supervisor). Any additional time required in the office gets banked as 'flex time' which accumulates and can be used like time in lieu.
The pay at APS 3 level is really quite low. Following that, it's on the low side of average but a vast improvement.
My direct managers are very approachable, casual, have excellent communication skills and are consistently open about performance.
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!
Respect and goals are strong, but actual delivery in terms of recruitment is not great.
Regular donations to charities are made through the Department's Social Club.
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.
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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