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Benefits and Conditions

Looking for employee benefits? Look at Victorian Government jobs

Working for the Victorian Government means you will enjoy a range of employee benefits - from attractive salaries and flexible leave arrangements, to training and development opportunities. Being happy and satisfied at work is one of the most important aspects of choosing a career and we like to make that as easy as possible for you.

You may find some unexpected benefits in your role

Victorian Government employees appreciate their employment benefits - there is no doubt about that. However, we do find that when asked what the most rewarding aspect of their job is, most employees don't speak about the benefits available to them. They speak about the satisfaction of knowing that the work they do helps people. So if you like the sound of employee benefits that include contributing to making Victoria a stronger, more caring and innovative State, then we'd like to hear from you!

For more information, scroll down to read more about.

  • Career opportunities
  • Learning and development
  • Salaries and superannuation
  • Work/life balance
  • Comprehensive leave provisions

Career opportunities

The Victorian Government wants to be an employer that is attractive to people who are commencing their career, as well as to graduates and people transferring from the private sector. We want to attract the best quality job candidates at all levels, so our career structure and employee benefits packages try to ensure that you can enjoy real career development and opportunity.

You will find our career structure is built on merit-based appointment to grades, but also allows for individual career progression. You and your manager will agree on your progression criteria every year, so you'll always know what you need to achieve to move to the next stage of your career. You can find out more about the VPS Career Structure by clicking on the link.

Learning and development

We want to build a high quality workforce in the public sector, so we are committed to providing individual training and development opportunities to help you gain qualifications and skills that are portable and develop your talents. While these opportunities do fall into the category of employee benefits, we prefer to look at them as employer benefits, because your progress and development makes for a stronger, more skilled Victoria.

Your learning and development plan will contain specific training opportunities to help you meet your training objectives. This could involve study for formal qualifications (for example, employee benefits include study leave to prepare for and attend examinations), or attending conferences and seminars to keep up to date with all the latest developments.

Then there is the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), which has been established as a 'centre of excellence' and offers programs to emerging public sector leaders. Here is more information about ANZSOG.

Salaries and superannuation

We offer competitive salaries to attract the best people to work for us. One of the most attractive Government employee benefits is salary packaging. This allows you to use pre-tax dollars to 'top up' superannuation, access a novated leased vehicle for full private use or take out discounted private health insurance cover. Other tax-effective work-related and deductible items are offered, including laptop computers, professional membership fees and home office expenses.

Direct employer contributions are made to an approved superannuation fund, under the superannuation guarantee legislation. Your superannuation can also be 'topped up' to a complying accumulation fund of your choice.

Work/life balance

We recognise that there's more to life than work, so we support you in achieving a work/life balance. Subject to your employer's approval, part-time work, job sharing, home-based work and paid additional annual leave work modes have the potential to add more flexibility to your lifestyle. Additional support and employee benefits are also given to parents returning to work and those in dependent or elder care situations.

The Victorian Government's Action Agenda for Work and Family Balance is our commitment to creating an environment that allows a better balance between work and family commitments. Here is the full work/life action agenda.

Comprehensive leave provisions

The Victorian Government offers an extensive range of leave provisions to help you balance your work and personal commitments. If you are employed under the VPS Workplace Determination 2016 these employee benefits include:

Annual and personal/carer's leave- Four weeks paid annual leave is provided per year and an additional loading payment is made for annual leave taken. This leave can also be taken at half pay. Employee entitlements include personal/carer's leave for a range of needs.

Long service leave- After 10 years' continuous service you are entitled to three months leave on full pay or you can take pro rata leave after seven years. Additional leave is accrued on a pro rata basis thereafter. Prior service with other approved Government organisations may be recognised for long service leave purposes.

Paid parental leave- Fourteen weeks paid maternity leave, and up to 38 weeks without pay, is available after a qualifying period. Fathers and partners do not miss out on parental employee benefits, with two weeks paternity/partner leave given for the birth of a child, plus up to 50 weeks leave without pay.

Special leave - You can apply for a range of leave provisions including compassionate leave, in the event of death or serious illness; adoption leave; defence force leave; jury service leave; cultural leave; as well as leave for union training and occupational health and safety training.