Benefits of working at Council

Brisbane City Council is a nationally-recognised employer of choice. We have received awards for programs in:

  • career development
  • diversity
  • health and safety
  • learning and development
  • work and family.

'Dedicated to a better Brisbane' is more than just a tag line in Council's logo. It is our commitment to Brisbane residents to make Brisbane a great place to live, work and relax for everyone, today and tomorrow.

Why you should consider working with us

A chance to make a difference

Our people deliver services and projects that contribute to making Brisbane a great place to live and do business. They are passionate about:

  • driving a strong and prosperous economy
  • creating a sustainable, liveable and inclusive city
  • supporting active, healthy, creative and vibrant communities
  • creating an enduring legacy of liveability for future generations.

There are over 300 job types across a broad range of service areas in Council. Our people have diverse and rewarding careers in:

  • bus operations
  • field-based employment
  • leadership
  • libraries
  • professional occupations
  • trades and labour.

Our People 2020-2024 is Council's plan to attract, retain and develop our people in a positive, productive work environment to meet the needs of Brisbane now and in the future.

Financial benefits to help you build a secure future

To help you build a secure future, we offer:

  • competitive salaries 
  • a generous superannuation scheme - 14% for permanent employees personally contributing 5%, total 19% (conditions apply)
  • 17.5% annual leave loading
  • ability to purchase additional leave (conditions apply)
  • overtime and time off in lieu (if applicable)
  • study assistance (with approval)
  • uniforms and tools of trade supplied (where required).

Diversity and inclusion 

Diversity is what makes Brisbane great, and our people are as diverse as the communities they serve. At Council we've worked hard to foster a culture where diversity is valued, inclusion is intrinsic and where people feel they can bring their whole selves to work, regardless of their background, ability, or circumstance. This is cemented in our culture through our Inclusion Blueprint and Communities of Inclusion (COI).

Recognising those with lived experience as experts, COI members are provided with paid work time to progress inclusion across the organisation. Our current COIs include:

BrisAbility (People with disability)

BrisAbility supports Council to build disability confidence, problem solve solutions to barriers, and celebrate good practice contributing to our inclusive workplace.

Multicultural Connect (culturally and linguistically diverse)

Multicultural Connect represents our culturally and linguistically diverse employees. They promote the advantages cultural inclusion can bring to the organisation and employee wellbeing through initiatives that establish connectedness, foster relationships and which reflect diverse perspectives.

One Mob (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)

One Mob champions and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inclusion within Council for the benefit of all Council employees. One Mob is committed to truth-telling and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures through providing advice, information and education.

River City Pride (LGBTIQ+)

River City Pride represents our LGBTIQ+ employees by supporting the diversity of sexuality and gender identity to ensure no-one experience fear or discrimination in the workplace.

BrisWomen Alliance (Women in STEM, Trades and Leadership)

BrisWomen Alliance supports women in leadership and other under-represented paths such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and women in technical disciplines such as trades.

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.

Flexible work arrangement options

You can request flexible work arrangements at Council. Some of the flexible options available include:

  • flex-time and flexible working hours, where applicable
  • part-time and job share arrangements
  • working from home or another location
  • reasonable adjustment for employees with a disability
  • cultural leave.

Support for parents

Council supports parents with:

  • birth-related leave - six weeks paid leave for the birth of your children
  • primary caregiver leave - 12 weeks leave at full pay (can be combined with birth-related leave)
  • secondary caregiver leave - four weeks leave at full pay
  • adoption and surrogacy leave
  • unpaid parental leave 
  • flexible working hours for parents raising young families (for negotiation when you're ready to return to work).

Leave entitlements

Council also has generous leave entitlements and options including:

  • personal (sick and carer's) leave - 15 days per year for full time employees, pro rata for part time employees
  • some leave types at half pay
  • bereavement leave
  • a paid volunteering day each year
  • arrangements for defence force reserve participants
  • domestic and family violence leave
  • long service leave of 13 weeks leave after 10 years continuous service. You can apply for recognition of previous service with other state and federal government departments and selected Queensland local governments, where there is a reciprocal arrangement. (Each application is decided on a case-by-case basis and depends on a variety of factors, like length of service, the organisation worked for and breaks in service).

Safe and supportive work environment

Council takes workplace health and safety very seriously. It protects safety and promotes health by:

  • striving for zero harm (mentally and physically), to everyone 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 free gym and cycle facilities at the major administration centres in Brisbane City and Fortitude Valley
  • providing access to free counselling assistance
  • providing opportunities to participate in personal development workshops and training
  • offering an option to request a career break to travel or pursue an interest that will help you achieve personal and professional development.

Many of Council's administration employees work in two award-winning, energy-efficient buildings - Brisbane Square in Brisbane City and Green Square, Fortitude Valley. These buildings boast vibrant, open office spaces and work environments with natural light.

Great leaders in a values-based culture

Leaders at all levels in Council shape and actively contribute to our values-based culture. Council's Leadership Blueprint is a framework that guides leadership now and into the future. It defines the critical capabilities and behaviours that support our leaders to capable, confident and successful, and promotes continuous leadership development.

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Training and career development

Career paths and progression are an important part of Council life. Taking on new roles and responsibilities helps you learn and earn more, while your career develops.

Council has a number of learning programs and career development options to allow you to:

  • gain more skills and knowledge
  • move around the organisation
  • change jobs or fields
  • undertake formal study.

Some of our positions also include a fully-paid training period. These positions include:

  • apprentices and trainees
  • bus operators
  • contact centre consultants
  • plumbing inspectors
  • rapid response field officers.
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