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Department of Social Services Reviews
Reviews by Department of Social Services graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar3.9GradAustralia surveyed 43 graduates working at Department of Social Services. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 43 responses.
- The friendly atmosphere, the people you get to work with, the opportunities to be challenged and work on issues that affect our community.
- You get to work across a wide range of communications areas
- There are many good things about DSS. There is the flexibility, a great friendly culture, opportunities to gain experience in other roles within the department & good working conditions.
- You get a sense of helping vulnerable people through targeted policies / programs / initiatives
- The breadth of policy issues that DSS is responsible for - it offers a wide variety and plenty of opportunities to work in different areas.
- Government of the day changing the agenda
- Like all large organisations, the bureaucracy to do certain things.
- I miss living in a big city! Don't necessarily get a say as to where you are placed.
- Working in the Australian Public Service involves adhering to a lot of bureaucratic processes.
What insiders say about…
I have worked in a ministerial corporate area, legal area and policy development area. All areas have been really interesting and done quite different work but working towards better social policy for all Australians.
Relaxed, a friendly culture that respects the other priorities in your life
I was asked about team work, how I've handled difficult decisions and giving bad news. Also, how I would define professionalism.
This varies slightly between areas but generally if you communicate well the culture is fairly flexible. Standard working hours can fall between 7-7 so you generally have the opportunity to start a bit earlier or later if that suits you.
I'm very happy with my salary. I get paid more here then I probably would have been doing similar yet different work at another organisation. We do not receive bonuses.
For me the best perk is the Flex-time. Having some freedom of choice as to when I work my hours is really handy. An example of this perk is being able to arrive or leave and hour or two early if you had a doctor�s appointment. In other workplaces there might be some resentment from colleagues or supervisors for you arriving late, but with Flex-time everyone is understanding and accepting. This is because they know you will work that extra hour or two on another day to make up for it.
It will vary depending on the size of the branch. In my current branch I work very closely with my manager and she is always approachable and willing to provide advice.
The formal graduate training was not very good; it was run by CIT and did not provide us with enough information to prepare us for government work. However, I have found the informal training excellent; my colleagues and supervisors always review my work and provide me with tips to improve. We have discussions to think of new and innovative solutions for our clients. I also regularly read my colleagues' work, which may be on more complex legal issues.
There are promotion possibilities, especially for grads, as we are fast tracked to promotion through our training and development year.
The grad programme theoretically only cares if you have a university undergraduate degree, but the vast majority of public servants are very upper middle class whitebread. However, speaking as someone who grew up "disadvantaged", having a good view from the ground up will make you a valuable employee for the department, especially when it comes to communication with the general public.
There is vague talk about this and in some areas (notably Women's Safety) we're alright but the rank and file seem to view corporate responsibility as an unnecessary hurdle.
DSS National Office is located in Tuggeranong Office Park. The location is approximately 20 minutes south of the centre of Canberra. A new office building is scheduled to commence work in 2015.
The department encourages its employees to recycle and use compost bins. It also encourages staff to bike, or use public transport to get to work.Join us to bookmark!
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