Benefits of working at Council
Brisbane City Council is a nationally recognised employer of choice. Council has received awards for programs in health and safety, career development, diversity, work and family, and learning and development.
'Dedicated to a better Brisbane' is more than just a line in Council's logo. It is our commitment to the people of Brisbane that we will ensure our city will always be a great place to live.
Find out why Council is such a great place to work.
Making a Difference
Every person working at Council has a role to play in making Brisbane a world-class city. Some of the projects we are working on right now are:
- Major transport projects - including Legacy Way and Airport Link
- Flood Response Action plan - ensuring we are better prepared for natural disasters in the future
- Norman Creek 2026 Project - returning Norman Creek to a more natural state, and revitalising the catchment to be an environmental and recreational asset
- Access and Inclusion Plan - achieving equitable access and inclusion for people of all abilities
- Priority Infrastructure Plan - predicting the infrastructure Brisbane will need over the next 15 to 20 years to service its growing population and support healthy, well-functioning neighbourhoods
This is an exciting period in Brisbane’s development and every Council employee is helping to shape our city’s future.
Council provides a positive and supportive working environment to employees. We are an equal opportunity employer that values cultural and physical diversity (people with disabilities).
Council's values are an important part of our working life and the basis of our decision-making. They are:
- passion for Brisbane
- responsive customer service
- respect for people
- courage to make a difference
- working together
- getting things done
- value for money
As part of our 'Future Council 2014' strategy, Council is focussing on three priority behaviours:
- We are One Council - We work together to create value for customers and deliver services in the most efficient and effective way.
- We use quality data to inform our decisions and improve performance.
- We make performance leadership a priority - Being proactive about performance, fostering a continual improvement culture and supporting ongoing development and engagement of our people.
Training and career development
Career paths are an important part of Council life. Taking on new roles and responsibilities lets you earn more while your career develops.
Council has a number of learning programs and career development options that allow you to gain more skills and knowledge, move around the organisation, change jobs or fields, or undertake formal study.
Some of our positions also include a fully-paid training period, including contact centre operators, bus drivers, plumbing inspectors, rapid response officers, as well as apprentices and trainees.
To help you build a secure future we offer:
- competitive salaries including annual increments *
- a generous superannuation scheme – 14% for permanent employees personally contributing 5% * (19% in total)
- 17.5% annual leave loading
- ability to purchase additional leave *
- salary sacrifice arrangements for public transport fares *
- overtime and time off in lieu (if applicable)
- study assistance
- uniforms and tools of trade supplied (where required)
- reasonable adjustment for people with disabilities
Work/life balance and flexibility
Council appreciates the importance of a healthy work/life balance. Achieving balance in your life is vital to being a productive and happy employee. Whether you want to spend more time with family, train for a marathon or pursue a hobby, you can request a flexible work arrangement to keep things in check.
Some of the flexible options available at Council are:
- flexi-time and flexible working hours, where applicable
- part-time and job share arrangements
- working from home
Council supports families with generous maternity (14 weeks paid) and paternity leave (four weeks paid) and unpaid parental leave periods for permanent employees. Flexible working hours for mums and dads raising young families can also be negotiated once you are ready to return to work.
We also have generous leave entitlements and options including some leave types at half pay, carer’s and bereavement leave, a paid volunteering day each year and arrangements for Defence Force Reserve participants.
All permanent employees accrue long service leave, and you can apply for recognition of previous service with other state and federal government departments and selected local governments, where we have a reciprocal arrangement.
Safe and supportive work environment
Council takes workplace health and safety very seriously. It protects safety and promotes health by:
- striving for zero harm, both mentally and physically, to anyone in the workplace, at home or in public spaces through our 'Zero Harm' policy
- being committed to providing a workplace that has Zero Tolerance for any unwelcome or harassing behaviour of a sexual, discriminatory or offensive nature
- promoting the health and wellbeing of employees through a ‘Wellness’ program.
- offering a free gym and cycle facilities at the major administration centres in the CBD and Fortitude Valley
- access to free counselling assistance as well as opportunities to participate in personal development workshops and training
- option to request a career break to go travelling or pursue an interest. This helps you achieve personal and professional development
Many of Council’s administration employees are located at the award-winning energy-efficient buildings: Brisbane Square, CBD and Green Square, Fortitude Valley. These buildings boast vibrant, open office spaces that offer exciting new work environments with natural light.
Employment information kits
Download the Council employment information kit for:
- Salary and wages employees (Word - 623kb)
- Specialist and senior professional employees (Word - 626kb)
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