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Atrium – Civic Centre, Dandenong

Culture

When you join the team at the City of Greater Dandenong you are joining a Council who puts people first. We work as a team with a shared passion for achieving the best outcomes for the people that live, work and visit our great city.

We are also an organisation that wants our people to grow, be inspired and to love what they do and where they work.

We have a strong staff engagement record and low staff turnover. When people join our team they stay.

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Our Values

At the City of Greater Dandenong we have adopted a set of values we call ‘REACH’ which define who we are and how we interact with each other and our community. REACH stands for

  • Respectful
  • Engaged
  • Accountable
  • Creative
  • Honest

Council’s REACH Principles PDF

Good Conditions

Being part of the City of Greater Dandenong team allows you to

  • make a positive difference in one of Victoria’s most diverse and interesting municipalities
  • apply your skills and knowledge in a unique local government setting
  • work in an organisation where learning is valued and supported
  • be recognised through Council’s highly regarded Rewards and Recognition Program
  • open up a world of career opportunities by gaining highly valued skills and experiences
  • work in an organisation where health and wellbeing is intrinsic in all we do

The Greater Dandenong City Council Enterprise Agreement, Council’s Code of Conduct and other policies and procedures set out our employment conditions.

Our positions are classified according to an 8-level pay scale. Each level has up to 4 pay steps and you have the opportunity to progress through the steps until you reach the top of the band.   

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Flexibility

We will try to support you as best we can to ensure work doesn’t come at the expense of your life outside work. 

If you are interested in an advertised role that does not suit your flexibility needs, we encourage you to inquire with the nominated contact officer whether a flexible working option could be negotiated.

Our flexible working options include –

  • study assistance – time off for study
  • time in lieu arrangements
  • flexible work arrangements like job share, part-time, rostered days off
  • salary sacrifice for child care
  • leave purchase schemes (i.e. 48/52)
  • parental leave
  • employee assistance program
  • after hours dependent care for after-hours meetings
  • flexible taking of leave including long service leave
  • Workplace adjustments
National Water Sports Centre

Contributing To The Community

We are an organisation that sees ourselves as part of our local community. Our community is at the heart of everything we do and we take every opportunity we can to give back to the people that live, work and visit the City of Greater Dandenong.
As an employee, you can

  • participate in charitable events and support programs in the community
  • access to one day of paid leave each year to carry out volunteer work with local agencies
  • salary sacrifice donations to 7 local agencies and Animal Protection Society
  • wear casual dress on Fridays for a small donation so support local welfare agencies and the Animal Protection Society
  • participate in morning teas and lunches to support events like Harmony Day and Genes for Jeans day

FAQs

Process

What should I include in my application?

Please include

  • a covering letter
  • a resume (CV) and
  • a document which addresses each of the key selection criteria. 

We recommend you prepare these documents before you commence your online application because you will be asked to upload them.

How are applicants selected for interview?

Every application is read and the recruiting manager assesses how well each applicant meets the selection criteria.   The highest ranked applicants move through to the next stage which, as a minimum, involves an interview.

What are selection criteria?

The selection criteria describe the personal qualities, skills, abilities, knowledge and qualifications needed to do the job.  The selection criteria are included in every Position Description.  A link to the Position Description will always be included in a job advertisement. 

How should I demonstrate I meet the selection criteria?

We recommend a one or two page document which is separate from your cover letter and resume.  We suggest you list each of the key selection criteria and then write 1-2 paragraphs about how you have demonstrated the particular skill or quality. 

The most important thing is that you provide evidence through specific examples of what you have done and how well you did it.

It is best to provide relevant examples from your work, study or community roles. 

How do I apply other than online?

You can apply online or, if you prefer, mail your application to Organisational Development, City of Greater Dandenong, PO Box 200, Dandenong 3175 or drop it in at Council’s Civic Centre at 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong.  If you are mailing your application, please ensure you allow enough time for your application to be received by the closing date. 

What testing is undertaken?

You may be asked to do a practical test(s) as part of the selection process. Depending on the position, this could involve completing a work task, using a computer or giving a short presentation. Sometimes we ask you to complete a work preference assessment or psychometric test. Testing might be done the day at the time of your interview or at a later date.

You could also be asked to attend a functional assessment. This is a supervised test with an allied health professional who will provide an opinion as to whether you would be able to perform the essential (inherent) physical requirements of the job or whether you would be able to do so if reasonable adjustments or modifications were made to the job. 

You may also be required to provide evidence of a valid Working with Children Check and/or Police Check.

I live interstate. Who pays the cost to attend for interview?

Generally, you would pay the cost to attend for interview. To minimise the expense, we will often conduct a preliminary telephone interview before asking to meet you face-to-face.  Council does not usually pay relocation costs, however this would be negotiated at the time any offer of employment is made. 

What can I expect at interview?

You will be interviewed by a panel comprising the recruiting manager and (usually) two others. We have gender balanced panels. The panel will have a list of questions to ask and may ask follow-up questions based on your responses.

It is best to reply to questions by giving actual examples to support your application. If the panel contacts your referees to check your credentials, they may refer back to these examples. So always be truthful.

The Panel will be taking notes during your interview.. It is a way to compare applicants at the end of the interview process and rank candidates.

Following all interviews, the Panel will rank all interviewees and then decide upon a preferred candidate(s).

Will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

Yes. We will advise you about the outcome of your application, whether or not you have been successful.

Timeframes and feedback

How long does the recruitment process take?

It will vary depending upon the job.  Of course, our aim is to finalise the process as quickly as possible.  Notwithstanding any unforeseen circumstances, we would aim to have interviews commence within 2 weeks of the closing date for applications.

Workplace flexibility

I am interested in an advertised role but I would prefer full time/part time work. Can I still apply for the role?

We encourage you to inquire with the nominated contact officer before deciding not to apply as it may be possible that a flexible working option could be negotiated.

Do you offer sponsorship for overseas candidates?

Council may offer sponsorship to overseas candidates depending on the role type and eligibility. Please speak to the recruiting manager prior to applying for the job for more information. 

I am interested in applying for a position, but due to disability, would need some adjustments to be made in the workplace. Can I still apply for the position?

Yes, of course, we encourage you to apply.  Where possible, we will undertake to identify and resolve potential barriers to your recruitment and employment within the Council.  As far as is practicable, all requests for individual workplace adjustments will be addressed in a timely, confidential and sensitive manner.
You are encouraged to discuss any needs with the recruiting manager at the time of your application so that we can best reduce any barriers from the start of the process.

Application Process

I am having trouble uploading my application. What should I do?

Call the Organisational Development department on 8571 5136 and a member of the team will assist you and advise you of next steps.

How long will my details/application be kept on file?

In accordance with the privacy declaration that you signed when applying, your details will be kept on file indefinitely. Should a suitable position arise, the relevant recruiting manager may contact you to discuss the opportunity further.

I have changed my mind and would like to withdraw my application. Will this show on your system and will this go against me in future?

Your profile will show that you have withdrawn your application, however it will not affect any future applications that you submit to us.

Reference Checking

Who are the ideal referees I should provide?

It is preferable that the referee details supplied are at manager/supervisor level. Reference checking would not be carried out before your interview.  If we require additional background checks, we will be in contact to obtain your consent and advise you of the details.

How do you treat my personal information and is it safe?

All of your details are held confidentially within our online recruitment system and Council adheres to relevant Privacy legislation.