Cardinia Shire Council is a collaborative and vibrant organisation comprised of people who are passionate about delivering the best outcomes for our fast-growing community.
We’re proud of our diversity, inclusivity, supportive and flexible work environment, our progressive activity-based way of working, and the way we invest in our staff so they can be their best, both personally and professionally.
We encourage and promote diversity within our workforce – people from culturally diverse backgrounds, people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those from the LGBTIQ+ community are encouraged to apply for positions with us.
We offer facilities that support inclusivity, including a reflection room and parents’ room.
As an organisation we host or support a range of staff and community events that promote diversity and inclusiveness.
Our employees don’t have their own desks. Instead, they choose a workspace that best suits the work they need to do at any given time – whether that’s working individually or collaborating with others. This approach applies to all staff in the organisation including the CEO and senior leadership team.
Activity based working (ABW) helps us achieve better collaboration and communication between departments and staff, leading to greater productivity and efficiency.
To enable this way of working, our offices at the civic centre and depot have a range of different workspaces and meeting places to suit individual or collaborative work.
The advanced mobile and digital technology available to our staff means they can move freely around the building as their tasks change during the working day, or work remotely as required. These technologies have improved our customer response times and significantly reduced our dependence on paper.
Our lived experience through the COVID-19 pandemic and ‘Future of work’ project has highlighted how traditional workplaces and ways of working have evolved. We see this as an opportunity to create a new model of working that benefits Cardinia’s employees without compromising on service delivery to our community, and that’s also in one with our organisational values and ‘Together Different Future’ framework.
As an organisation that looks towards the future, Council has determined to operate a working arrangements model that enables the organisation to best meet the needs of our community, teams, and employees.
We offer competitive salaries with annual salary increments in accordance with our Enterprise Agreement.
We recognise that at times you’ll need flexibility to balance your work and personal life. Opportunities such as working from home may be available to you, at the discretion of your supervisor.
We support job sharing as an acceptable option for employees who are unable to work full time due to family or other commitments.
We have a variety of leave entitlements available to eligible staff, including:
We like to recognise our staff for their amazing work. Our reward and recognition program acknowledges staff who demonstrate outstanding performance and innovation in helping us to achieve Council’s vision.
Our staff are our greatest asset. We continuously run a variety of activities as part of our corporate Health and Wellbeing program.
Recent examples include:
To support our staff in living a healthy and active lifestyle, we offer our employees discounted fitness memberships at Cardinia Life Leisure Centre in Pakenham.
All staff have access to our free and confidential employee assistance program (EAP). The program provides short-term professional counselling on personal matters, including anger and violence, depression, anxiety, emotional difficulties, gambling, drug, alcohol and other addictions, grief, bereavement and loss, loneliness and mental health.
All Cardinia staff have the opportunity to participate in a range of in-house corporate training sessions in areas such as leadership, effective customer service, disability awareness, emotional awareness and conflict resolution.
We encourage staff to undertake further formal education at both under-graduate and post-graduate levels in subjects relevant to their current position and agreed career path. Financial assistance is available to help pay fees for formal study and required texts. We can support up to 50 per cent of study-related costs.
Employees who undertake formal education have access to paid study leave beyond standard annual leave to attend classes, exams and undertake study related to their education.
Cardinia Shire Council is a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace. We’re active in preventing and responding to violence against women in the workplace and in the community.
This means that all staff:
At Cardinia, we understand that we’re all responsible for modelling respectful relationships in our homes and in wider society.
Council has partnered with GMHBA to offer private health insurance. GMHBA offers products and additional benefits for staff that aren’t available on a retail basis.
As part of our staff giving scheme, employees can donate to various local aid charities via salary sacrifice or one-off donations.
Cardinia has 2 staff social clubs which all employees are invited to join; one for indoor and one for outdoor staff. The indoor social club runs a range of events throughout the year, including a mid-year and end-of-year function for all staff.
The outdoor social club prepares and end-of-year barbecue for all staff to celebrate the holiday season. Both social clubs are run by staff, for staff.