Life at the department

Career Development

The department makes a significant investment in its employees to provide opportunities and initiatives to assist them in building and further developing their skills and capabilities. From day one, you will have access to e-learning tools, training courses, professional qualifications, mentoring and secondments.

Learning and development is divided into the areas of:

  • Capability Development – focusing on the development of skills and behaviours that are aligned to the five APS Integrated Leadership System capability areas.
  • Business Acumen – focusing on a range of general accountabilities (e.g. Code of Conduct, Financial Management, and Contracts Management) and also includes a number of accredited and on-line courses.
  • Management and Leadership – focusing on developing effective management and strong leadership and supporting the Management and Leadership Framework.
  • SES Learning and Development – focusing on programs that are innovative, flexible and align with the directions for strengthening the future of Australian Public Service (APS) leadership.

Health and Wellbeing

The Employee Health Safeguard Strategy is just one of the initiatives the department has developed to promote a healthy workforce, to maintain a safe system of work and to proactively support the physical and emotional wellbeing of our employees. Initiatives that form part of the broader Strategy encourage awareness of health related issues, improve moral, and provide a forum for communication and consultation regarding implementation of health and safety strategies and the day-to-day operation of the department.

Other initiatives that our employees have access to include:

  • Flexible working arrangements including Teleworking
  • Mental health support
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Social Club
  • Family Assistance arrangements including Early Childhood Centre and nursing mothers support
  • FITTER (includes organised lunchtime sporting activities)
  • Work/Life Links referral service assisting with balancing work life and personal life commitments.
  • A strong commitment to Work Health and Safety programs such as annual influenza vaccinations and work station assessments.


The employment conditions of our employees are governed by our Enterprise Agreement. Some of the key conditions include:

  • 4 weeks annual leave per annum
  • 18 days paid personal leave per annum
  • Maternity and Paternity Leave
  • $200 healthy lifestyle subsidy
  • Access to flexible working arrangements such as; teleworking, part time, job sharing
  • Performance based pay progression
  • 15.4% employer superannuation contribution
  • Shutdown between Christmas and New Year
  • Salary Packaging.

Values and Behaviours

The department is committed to ensuring that the highest possible standards are reflected in the activities of its employees.

The APS Values continue to reflect enduring principles of public administration, defining the character of the APS and guiding the way in which we conduct our activities and serve the community and government. The Australian Public Service (APS) is:


The APS is apolitical and provides the Government with advice that is frank, honest, timely and based on the best available evidence.

Committed to Service

The APS is professional, objective, innovative and efficient, and works collaboratively to achieve the best results for the Australian community and the Government.


The APS is open and accountable to the Australian community under the law and within the framework of Ministerial responsibility.


The APS respects all people, including their rights and their heritage.


The APS demonstrates leadership, is trustworthy, and acts with integrity, in all that it does.

Integrating the APS Values

Visit the Australian Public Service Commission’s website for guidance material about strengthening a values based culture in the APS.

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