Benefits of working at Council

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

  • health and safety
  • career development
  • diversity
  • work and family
  • 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 to ensure our city will always be a great place to live, work and relax.

Making 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 delivering:

  • active and healthy and creative communities
  • driving a strong economy
  • sustaining a clean and green environment
  • a city of cultural vibrancy
  • developing our New World City
  • creating an enduring legacy of liveability for future generations.

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

  • roads
  • public transport
  • community services
  • city planning.

Our People 2017-2022 is a plan for how Council will attract, retain and develop our people. This is done in a positive, productive work environment to meet the needs of Brisbane now and in the future.

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Leadership at Council

Driving a values-based leadership culture is a priority for Council. Council's Leadership Blueprint defines everyday leadership behaviour. It provides a common set of goals and accountabilities for leaders across the organisation. It is a framework that guides leadership now and into the future.

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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. These 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:

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

Financial benefits

To help you build a secure future, we offer:

  • competitive salaries including annual increments (conditions apply)
  • 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)
  • reasonable adjustment for employees with a disability.

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. You can request a flexible work arrangement 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.

Council supports parents with:

  • birth-related leave (six weeks paid, for the birth of the child/ren)
  • primary caregiver leave (eight weeks paid, can be combined with birth-related leave)
  • secondary caregiver leave (four weeks paid)
  • unpaid parental leave periods
  • flexible working hours for parents raising young families (for negotiation when you are ready to return to work)
  • adoption and surrogacy leave.

We also have generous leave entitlements and options including:

  • personal (sick and carer's) leave - 15 days per year
  • 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 the Brisbane Central Business District (CBD) 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 (helps you achieve personal and professional development).

Many of Council's administration employees work at 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.

Last updated: 26 February 2020

Brisbane City Council acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and their unique relationship with their ancestral country. We pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of Brisbane, and recognise their strength and wisdom.