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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…
Working in government involves working with a lot of uncertainly, and the work you do may not end up seeing the light of day. Some of the work is interesting, some if it repetitive, but it helps to work with passionate people, which I think a lot of people are at this department.
I've found the work culture in my area to be good. They are supportive and flexible. Work culture varies, however, between sections and branches. In general my experiences have all been positive.
Behavioural (STAR) type questions. Questions about work experience and ones designed to determine cultural fit.
DSS is VERY flexible when it comes to hours. A standard day is 7.5 hours and it is very much up to you how you fit those hours into a day. Some people work from 7am - 3pm with a 30 minute lunch, others prefer to start at 9.30am and work till 6pm. Any time you work in addition to the 7.5 hours adds to your "flex" balance. When you build up enough flex, you are able to day a day off, without using your annual leave.
Sometimes cheap flights
Some good and some bad. There does not seem to be a consistent level of competency
Training programmes range from basic IT training and other training essential to carrying out the job to more detailed training including ministerial writing courses, project management and social policy
It is generally quite easy to get experience to advance, but the availability of promotions depends highly on the Government's stance on hiring.
From what I've seen the Department has been very accommodating to women. There also appears to be a considerable amount of women and mothers in the department filling a variety of roles including management. The department seems to be very understanding if a mother has to leave to care for her child, or has to start/finish work at particular times because of her child's needs. The department does employ a very large portion of people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, and I am aware of staff members who are from a LGBT background. All a treated with complete respect.
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.
I've found the office's very comfortable. The set ups at the desks allow for some adjustments to suits an individual's physical needs. There are a several different office's located around Canberra (and the also some in the States). The facilities are also to a good standard. The dress code varies throughout the Department as different Sections have different dress codes. Usual business attire is the most standard (e.g. long black pants, collared shirt, no ties).
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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