The Department of Health has a diverse set of responsibilities, but throughout there is a common purpose, which is reflected in our Vision statement:
“Creating better health and wellbeing for all Australians”
We aim to achieve our Vision through strengthening evidence-based policy advising, improving programme management, research, regulation and partnerships with other government agencies, consumers and stakeholders.
We deliver on our Vision through our people. One of our strengths is our proud culture of teams working together to get things done swiftly, collegially and professionally. ‘Our way’ means:
- · Leaders being clear on their expectations on ‘how’ we do business
· Allowing people to deliver high quality work in tight timeframes by sharing information and expectations upfront
· Supporting each other to learn and use new skills to build our capability
· Identifying and managing risks strategically while also being innovative
· Expecting high quality professional performance from each other
· Looking outside the Department’s own viewpoint to work with the community and listen to their views.
We need capable and motivated people working with us to make this happen.
Benefits of working for the Department
Our employment conditions are outlined in the Enterprise Agreement:
Work life balance
The department supports arrangements for flexible work conditions including:
- · Access to flextime for APS1- 6 staff and time-in-lieu arrangements available for EL staff upon negotiation with manager
· Flexible arrangements for staff with family responsibilities, including carers leave
· Negotiable part time working hours.
Department employees are encouraged to maintain good health and active lifestyles. To support this, the department provides:
- · The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which provides access to counselling services for staff to assist with work or personal issues
· Influenza vaccinations for all interested staff
Diversity and equality
- · Workforce Diversity Programme 2013-2016
· Reconciliation Action Plan
· Disability Workforce Action Plan
· Agency Multicultural Plan
· Membership with Pride in Diversity, encouraging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) inclusion in our workplace
· Gold membership with Australian Network on Disability.
Learning and development
The department believes in developing employee work skills and experiences for now and the future. Staff are provided with support, opportunities and assistance to learn through:
- · internal on-the-job and off-the-job training programmes
· accredited courses for required roles
· eLearning and online learning resources
· individual development plans that focus on capability needs
· department (tertiary) study schemes and professional development support
· learning programmes that partner with professional educational institutions and academic bodies
· programmes to recognise and grow talent.
For further information about the department, please visit the following pages:
Applying for a job with the department
For information about eligibility for Department of Health jobs, how the department meets the needs of diversity groups in recruitment and tips on preparing your application, see the How to apply page.
Each employee of the department must meet the capabilities outlined in the Capability Map. All job applications for the department will be assessed against meeting the capabilities for the job classification advertised. For more information about the capabilities and how the map is used, see the Capability Map page.
The department uses an online recruitment system for all job applications. For more information about using the online recruitment system see the online recruitment help page.
As part of the Australian Public Service (APS), valuing the principle of good public administration, staff of the department are governed by the APS Values, Code of Conduct and Employment Principles. See more information about this on the Australian Public Service Commission’s (APSC) website.
The APSC also provides useful tips for applying for a job in the public service in their “Cracking the Code” factsheets.
Current vacancies with the department are listed on the HealthJobs page.
People interested in non-ongoing (temporary) employment can apply for positions through the Temporary Employment Register.
The department's programmes
Graduate Development Programme (GDP)
The GDP is a 12-month full-time programme that commences in late January each year. As a graduate with the department, you may contribute to the development and implementation of health policy, programmes and service delivery. You will play a meaningful role in serving the Australian public and work on issues that touch the lives of every-day Australians.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry-Level Programmes
The department is committed to attracting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. The department participates in the APSC Indigenous Pathways Programme and the Department of Employment’s Indigenous Australian Government Development Programme to attract and recruit staff.
For more information about applying for a job with the department email firstname.lastname@example.org.