At Health, we offer a varied, challenging and rewarding working environment.
The work we do shapes health, aged care and sport policy, programs and research in Australia.
We need capable and motivated people to make this happen.
You don’t have to have previous experience in a government department or the health sector. Our staff have backgrounds in a range of fields in the public and private sectors.
Visit our current vacancies page to see our list of current jobs.
Our people strategy
We want to attract and retain people, and motivate them to deliver outstanding performance by:
- having the right people in the right place to do the job
- building the right capability
- continuing to improve our culture and leadership
- investing in developing people’s career and ability so we have good leaders.
Our behaviour in action
- We collaborate to innovate, working with others to make a difference
- We invest in high performance by nurturing talent and building skill in others
- We trust and empower our people
- We listen with intent and we value contributions
- We walk the talk, leading by example and embracing change
The benefits of working at Health
We outline our employment conditions in our Enterprise Agreement. They include:
- a competitive salary with the chance to develop your career in policy areas that affect most Australians
- ongoing training and development opportunities
- flexible working hours
- generous leave conditions
- an attractive superannuation scheme
- access to mentoring programs
- in-house capability development programs
- access to study assistance
- counselling services for staff to help with work or personal issues
- free influenza vaccinations
- an excellent employee wellness program and social club.
Diversity and equality is a priority
Health is an inclusive workplace where we understand and respect differences such as gender, race, disability and age. We show our strong commitment to workplace diversity in a number of ways.
- Workforce Diversity program
- Reconciliation Action Plan
- Disability Workforce Action Plan
- Agency Multicultural Plan
- Membership with Pride in Diversity, encouraging lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex (LGBTI) inclusion in our workplace
- Gold membership with Australian Network on Disability
- Health's Gender Equality Blueprint 2017–20.
Our Senior Executive Service play an important role in promoting workplace diversity. Champions demonstrate the high value, respect and fairness delivered through recognising workforce diversity. Leading by example, members of our Senior Executive Service promote diversity in the roles of Disability Champions, Health Pride Champions, Indigenous Champions, Multicultural Champions and Diversity Champion.
We established the:
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network
- Staff with Disability Network
- Health Pride Network.
Recruitment programs at Health
Graduate Development Program (GDP)
The Graduate Development Program is a 10 month program which starts in February each year.
As a graduate with the department you will:
- experience a range of health, aged care and sport policy and program roles
- contribute ideas and learn skills in a diverse and innovative workplace
- play a meaningful role in serving the Australian public
- work on issues that touch the lives of everyday Australians.
Please see more information on our Graduate Development Program page.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry-Level programs
We value highly our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. We attract and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff through two programs:
- the Australian Public Service Commission Indigenous Pathways program
- the Department of Employment’s Indigenous Australian Government Development program.
These programs will help give you the necessary skills and knowledge for a career in the APS.
Healthy workplace policies
We encourage you to maintain good physical and emotional health and an active lifestyle by accessing:
- the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for counselling services to help you and your family members with work or personal issues
- free flu (influenza) vaccinations for all permanent staff.
Learning and development
At Health we invest in our staff by providing support, opportunities and diverse ways to learn, including:
- an active professional development program
- on-the-job and off-the-job training programs
- accredited courses
- eLearning and online learning resources
- individual plans to help you develop your skills
- tertiary study schemes and professional development.
For more information about applying for a job with Health, email recruitment [at] health.gov.au.