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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.
Good level of connection with peers and superiors. Opportunities for socialization amongst colleagues. Contributions and opinions are accepted and valued.
Mostly things about my work style, and my motivations for wanting to work for the government, with an emphasis on approaches to working in a team.
We have Flex-time. Which means that if you work more than your standard hours of work in a week, you get credited with those hours which can be used at a later time. So if there is a busy period at work, you might be able to accrue enough Flex-time to then take a day or two off at a later time. Work is generally pretty flexible with your start and finish times for the day as long as you work enough hours in a week. However the flexibility depends on how busy your Section is and the nature of the work you do.
There are few formal bonus but general pay and conditions as well as opportunities for training are good - that's the nature of the public sector.
In my experience, the executive level managers are very accessible to graduates. As a graduate, you are on probation for six months as well as the formal performance feedback process so there are plenty of opportunities for formal performance feedback, praise and recognition as well as informal discussions. Depending on the size of your Branch, you might also have good interactions with your Branch Managers and possibly Group Manager. There is obviously less interaction with the Senior Executive (Secretary and Deputy Secretary) but that said, the Senior Executive is interested in the graduate program. The Secretary has come to a number of graduate events and I think most of the graduates have had a chance to chat with him. The Deputy Secretaries also took part in a very candid discussion forum where the graduates had a great opportunity to get an insight into what it's like to be a Deputy Secretary.
A large amount of training including a formal qualification was offered during graduate year. Study assistance is also available.
As we are a fairly large organisation with thousands of staff there is a fair bit of movement in staff (e.g. people retiring, going on maternity leave etc.) which in turn can create an opportunity for someone to be promoted to their place. There are cases where people advance fairly quickly but most do so at a more standard speed. I believe that a lot of your ability to advance depends on what area of work you are in, timing, seeking out opportunities and a little luck
There are programs but I am not sure of the details. It is not a massive priority.
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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