ACCESSIBLE OFFICES

The majority of employees are based in Council's Dandenong Civic Centre in the heart of Dandenong. We have other smaller workplaces spread across the city.  You can find further information about all of our offices on the Home page. 

 
Offices are well served by public transport. Access is via the Pakenham/Cranbourne train lines and frequent bus services are also available. The 902 bus from Chelsea to Airport West stops directly outside the Springvale Library and is close to the Integrated Community Care Office in Springvale. 
 
With Eastlink and the Monash Freeway, our offices are within easy reach from most areas of Melbourne (in fact we have people working with us from as far away as Gladstone Park, Northcote, Healesville and Footscray).

All Greater Dandenong Office Locations
Route 902 Bus Timetable
Pakenham/Cranbourne Train Timetable
 
 
 
BREAKTHROUGH AWARDS

Up to $5000 is awarded annually to an employee(s) to assist with study leading to improved council services.  Study can be done within Australia or overseas.

This is a great professional development opportunity for employees at any level.  It reinforces our commitment to continuous improvement in service delivery.

 
 
CASUAL FOR A CAUSE

Casual clothes can be worn on Fridays in exchange for a small donation to our Staff Giving Scheme.  Over $10,000 each year is currently being distributed amongst eight of our City's aid agencies.
 

 
 
COMMITMENT TO EMPLOYEE SAFETY & WELFARE

81% of employees in our 2015 Employee Survey agreed “employee safety is taken seriously by the organisation”.

As an employee, you will be provided with safety equipment and training to ensure you can do your job safely.  Even prior to joining us, you may be assessed to ensure you are physically able to perform the inherent physical requirements of the job and, if not, what reasonable adjustments might be made in order for you to do the job safely.

In partnership with The Valley Private Hospital, injured employees have prompt access to medical and allied health services to ensure a speedy return to work.

 
 
COMPETITIVE SALARIES

Competitive Pay Rates

The pay for each job is decided according to an 8 Band pay scale used across Councils in Victoria.  Each band level 1-8 has up to 4 pay steps (A-D).

When compared to other councils in metropolitan Melbourne, we are amongst the -

  • four highest paying councils for jobs above Band 6
  • eight highest paying councils for jobs below Band 6

 

 
 
DIVERSITY = OPPORTUNITY

Working here will provide you with an unrivalled opportunity to practice your profession in a unique, diverse setting.

You will work in a huge variety of settings and your approach must be tailored accordingly.  This provides endless challenges and will require you to think outside the square.

To help, we provide interpreting services and training around issues of diversity.

 
 
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

All staff and their immediate families can access our free, confidential Employee Assistance program, either by telephone, face-to-face or by meeting with our dedicated counsellor on site.   The service is provided at no cost to the employee or family member.

Supervisors and Managers can also use the service for advice about issues affecting their staff. The program provides short-term professional counselling and consulting on matters such as:

  • anger and violence
  • career transitions
  • communication break-down
  • coping with change
  • dealing with a crisis
  • depression, anxiety, worry and phobias
  • down-sizing and redundancies
  • eating and weight issues
  • emotional difficulties
  • family conflict
  • gambling, drug, alcohol and other addictions
  • grief, bereavement and loss
  • loneliness
  • managing heavy workloads
  • mental health
  • motivation and self-esteem

 

 

 
 
FAMILY VIOLENCE LEAVE

Greater Dandenong City Council recognises that family violence is a serious issues in our society generally and in our communities.  We also recognise that we can play a role in supporting employees who may be subject to family violence.

Affected employees may access support through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and may also apply for paid leave should they need it.

 
 
FLEXIBLE WORKING HOURS

The standard working week is 38 hours per week (35 hours in Libraries).

Hours might be worked over a 10 day fortnight, 9-day fortnight or 19 day month on a full-time, part-time or casual basis.

The usual spread of hours is 7am to 7pm and flexible start/finish times may be available depending upon the job.  The majority of employees in administrative roles commence work around 8.15 am and finish around 5.15 pm. 

In the Operations Centre, work starts at 7am and finishes around 4pm.

Other jobs will have different start and finish times according to the needs of the job.

(Of course, this is a guide only.  If you are lucky enough to get a job here, your actual hours will be agreed between yourself and your supervisor.)

 

 
 
FLU VACCINATIONS

Employees can receive a free, flu vaccination each year. 

 
 
FLARE PROGRAM

FLARE stands for Flourishing - Lively - Active - Restored Employees.  Each year we run a variety of activities as part of our FLARE program to encourage our staff to remain fit and health.  Here’s some of what we’ve done recently:

Managing Stress workshops Lunchtime Volleyball
Health session Health Expo/Health Checks
After work golf Sun-Smart sessions
Mental Health Awareness Discount gym memberships
Lunchtime Yoga Beyond Blue workshops
Anti-Cancer Council seminars Mens Health Awareness seminar
Nutrition Awareness Workshops Trivia Night
Mini-Olympics Transition to Retirement Workshops
Global Corporate Challenge Superannuation Information Sessions

 

 

 
 
INDUCTION

To help new employees settle in, we have a mandatory corporate induction program for all new staff.   This includes a bus tour of many of Greater Dandenong’s worksites and places of interest.  The induction also includes a Cultural Diversity session and sessions where you can meet the CEO, Directors, IT Staff, Payroll staff and others you will interact with during your time with us. 

Your new workplace will also have a local induction program for you.   

For managers and team leaders, additional modules are included to help with the extra responsibilities associated with the supervision of staff and management reporting. 

 
 
LEISURE CENTRE DISCOUNTS

Discounts are offered to staff to use the facilities of local leisure centres.  The leisure centres provide gym facilities and heated indoor and outdoor pools.  

 
 
MENTORING/COACHING SUPPORT

We offer mentoring and coaching support (from both within and outside the organisation) to help people grow and realise their potential.  Mentoring is yet another professional development opportunity that we provide to employees. 

Sponsorship to participate in the LGPro's formal Mentoring Scheme is available each year.

 
 
MOBILITY

Internal promotions account for about a quarter of all appointments made each year.

The range of jobs within Councils is amazing.  We have blue and white collar jobs.  You may be a labourer, a nurse, an engineer, a carer, an accountant, a gardener, a journalist, a librarian..... (you name it, we probably employ one!).  The career choices are endless.

Because every job vacancy is advertised internally, any employee with the required skills, knowledge and attitude can apply.  Our selection process is based on merit.   

Another benefit of working in Local Government is that there are 78 other Councils in Victoria (and countless others across Australia) that could be potential employers.

 
 
PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

Greater Dandenong partners with GMHBA and BUPA Australia to offer private health insurance to employees.  These products offer additional benefits to those available on a retail basis.

The Local Government Employee Health Plan provides partly subsidised health benefits

BUPA offer private health cover with corporate benefits which save money on premiums.

GMHBA manage the Local Government Employee Health Plan

BUPA Australia/City of Greater Dandenong Corporate Health Plan

 
 
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR SERVICE

If you join us from another Government agency* you may be able to apply to have your prior service recognised by us.  

*some restrictions apply

 

 
 
SALARY PACKAGING OF CHILD CARE FEES

Child care fees may be salary sacrificed if the child is being cared for at one of Council's Child Care Centres listed below:

  • Market Street Occasional Childcare, 13 Market St, Dandenong - 9794 6003
  • Keysborough Community Children's Centre, 364 Cheltenham Rd, Keysborough - 9798 4633
  • Dandenong Day Nursery, 18 Brunet St, North Dandenong - 9792 1474
  • Noble Park Community Child Care Service, 18-34 Buckley St, Noble Park - 9547 6468
  • Springvale Service for Children, Lightwood Road, Springvale - 8558 3800

 
 
SERVICE RECOGNITION

Council recognises the service of employees who stay with us for  5, 10, 20, 30 and 40 years.

 
 
STAFF CHRISTMAS PARTY

Each Christmas, staff from all work locations come together to enjoy a Christmas Party.  It is a great time to meet up with colleagues from other sites and celebrate the year.

 
 
 
SUPER FUND OF CHOICE

Vision Super is our default Superannuation Fund.  However you may elect to have your super contributions paid into another Fund.

Vision Superannuation Website

 
 
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

Like learning?  Our staff are encouraged to participate in learning and development activities. 

New Team Leaders and supervisors are invited to participate in the LG Pro Ignite Program and  employees are selected to participate in the LGPro Emerging Leaders t programs.  Each year, at least one team participates in the Local Government Managers Challenge - a team challenge where teams from across Councils compete.

Our study assistance program provides reimbursement of study costs and time off for those undertaking formal study. 

 
 
VEHICLE LEASING SCHEME

All employees can take advantage of our vehicle Novated Leasing Scheme to help maximise the tax effectiveness of their salary package.  Fuel, maintenance, loan payments, etc are paid from the pre-tax salary and no GST is payable on the vehicle purchase price or running costs.  It also entitles the lessee to discounts on maintenance. 

Under our Novated leasing arrangements, employees have the freedom to choose any vehicle (up to 6 years old at lease commencement) whilst retaining the security of being the registered owner.  The vehicle you currently own or have under finance can also be novated. 

Summit Fleet Leasing and Management manage our novated leasing program

 
 
WOMEN IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

We have an Action Plan in place to support the development of our female employees and elected representatives.

The action plan has been designed to support initiatives from the Local Government Women's Charter.