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Greater Dandenong City Council

Work/Life Balance

You want to work for a company offering more than just interesting and challenging work.  You probably want to be able to balance your life commitments with your work.  We get this!  

We place great importance on helping people balance their work and lives and try as best we can to support employees in every phase of their lives.  (*eligibility criteria may apply).

Our Work/Life Balance initiatives include:

Did you know?

We recognise that you don't leave your life behind when you come to work. 

We encourage work/life balance and have a range of initiatives in place to help you achieve your work/life balance goals.

 
 



 
AFTER HOURS DEPENDENT CARE

This is a community service organisation so, sometimes, training and meetings outside of normal working hours are unavoidable. 

Should you need to work outside of your normal hours, Greater Dandenong will reimburse the cost of child care expenses*

(*conditions apply)

 

 
 
BREASTFEEDING IN THE WORKPLACE

We are an accredited breastfeeding workplace through the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Accreditation makes returning to work a real and practical option for mothers still breastfeeding. 

We provide separate, private rooms with all the necessary facilities for mothers to hygienically feed and/or store breast milk.

 
 
CARER'S LEAVE

 

We understand that family comes first, so time off is available should you require time off to care for an ill member of your immediate family or member of your household.

 

 
 
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Life throws up many challenges and, sometimes, talking through your concerns with a professional counsellor can help.

Through Converge International, every employee and members of their immediate family can access a 24-hour, confidential, short-term counselling and coaching support service.  This is at no cost to you.

Managers and Team Leaders can also obtain confidential coaching and support through Converge International's 'Manager Assist' program.

 
 
FLEXIBLE HOURS

The standard full-time working week at Greater Dandenong is 38 hours per week (35 hours per week in Libraries). 

Working arrangements and employment options vary greatly across the organisation. Depending upon the job role, employees can work a 10 day fortnight, 9-day fortnight or 19 day month on a full-time, part-time or casual basis depending on the business needs of the department. 
 
This flexibility in working hours allows employees the ability to better balance their lifestyle choices and responsibilities with work.

 

 
 
FLEXIBLE USE OF LONG SERVICE LEAVE

Employees who complete ten years continuous employment are entitled to 13 weeks' long service leave with pay.

Staff can access their long service leave on a pro-rata basis after 7 years. 

The freedom to take long service leave flexibly allows employees to exercise some discretion over how they use their leave. It may be taken in minimum periods of one day and can be paid at half-pay or double-pay.

 

 
 
KEEP IN TOUCH SCHEME

The Keep in Touch scheme enables employees on extended leave to stay in contact with what's happening at work.  This helps them stay connected with their workplace while they're away.

Participation is voluntary - employees can choose to receive as much or as little information as they like. 

 

 
 
LEAVE PURCHASE SCHEME

Greater Dandenong employees have the opportunity to purchase one, two, three or four weeks additional leave on top of their entitlement of four weeks to help balance work and life responsibilities. 

Purchasing additional leave reduces the salary, but provides a great opportunity to keep your personal and professional lives in balance.

 

 
 
LEAVE WITHOUT PAY

Leave without pay may be available* to help you take an extended break from work for full-time study, travelling, to take a career break or for those with carer responsibilities.

 (*subject to conditions)

 
 
NO LEAVE - NO LIFE

We want our employees to take their leave.  Our “No Leave – No Life” program encourages all employees to take their leave and relax away from the stresses of work. 

Employees with excess annual leave work with their manager to develop a plan to reduce their leave balance and take a break. 
 
Annual leave can be taken as part-days, days or blocks.

 

 
 
PARENTAL LEAVE

Maternity/Paternity and Adoption leave is available for both primary carers and non-primary care givers.   

An employee with 12 months continuous employment, regardless of sex, who is the primary care-giver of a child under twelve months of age, may take a maximum of sixteen weeks paid leave or 32 weeks at half pay*. 
 
Non primary care givers may take up to 2 weeks paid leave (4 weeks half pay) upon the birth or adoption of a child. The period of leave may be extended by taking unpaid leave of up to 104 weeks in total. 
 
 
 
PHASED RETIREMENT

Our phased retirement scheme allows older employees to transition towards retirement.

Effective planning allows the employee to reduce their work hours and help adjust to life after work, whilst passing on their knowledge to others within the organisation

 
 
PRE-NATAL LEAVE

Staff may access their accrued leave for the purposes of pre-natal leave.