Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Benefits of working for us

We seek to be a diverse and inclusive workplace where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities feel safe, valued and respected, and where the principles of employee inclusion and embracing difference are strongly reflected in our culture and values.

We offer an exciting array of career paths and the opportunity to use your training and experience in roles where you will make a positive difference to the lives of many Queenslanders.

We encourage people of all ages, life stages, caring responsibilities, gender identity, sexual orientation, intellectual/physical abilities, cultural background and ethnicity to apply for positions with us.

We will help you build a challenging and rewarding career while maintaining a healthy work-life blend.

Competitive salary and working conditions

You will enjoy a range of competitive salary and working conditions including:

  • Salary and salary packaging - Each position within the department is given a salary range. A number of salary levels exist within each range. Your appointment to a salary level will depend on your qualifications and experience. In most cases, a new employee will commence at the first level of the advertised position’s salary range and will be eligible for an annual increase until the top of the salary range is reached for that position. The department also offers salary packaging for items such as superannuation contributions, motor vehicle leasing and electricity.
  • Competitive superannuation – While QSuper is the default superannuation scheme for Queensland Government employees, you are able to choose your superannuation provider. No matter who your provider, you can contribute between two and five per cent of your salary. This is matched by the compulsory employer contribution of between 9.75 per cent and 12.75 per cent. You can also make voluntary contributions, choose to salary sacrifice, transfer money from other funds or make and receive spousal contributions. Further information can be found on the For Government website.
  • Flexible working possibilities - Your hours of duty will vary depending on your occupation and type of employment. Some staff are employed on a roster or part-time, others may have variable hours and sometimes staff might have to work outside core business hours. If you do work outside of business hours, the department has flexible working arrangements including accrued time. (See “Support to maintain work-life blend” below).
  • Recreation leave - You will normally receive a minimum 20 working days per year (pro rata for part-time employees) for recreation leave plus 17.5 per cent leave loading. This can vary in certain regions, for example, in some northern and western parts of the state, you will receive recreation leave of 25 working days per year plus additional travel allowances. Some shift workers receive 25 working days per year plus allowances. Recreation leave may be taken at half pay.
  • Sick leave - You will be eligible for 10 working days sick leave (pro rata for part-time employees) each year on full pay that accumulates if not taken. This leave may be accessed for caring responsibilities of immediate family or household members.
  • Long service leave - You accumulate long service leave at the rate of 1.3 weeks per year of service. Generally, you are eligible for long service leave after 10 years, however you may be permitted to take long service leave for a pro-rata period after 7 years continuous service. Long service leave may be taken on half pay.
  • Remote and regional incentives - We offer excellent incentives to people who are willing to work in remote and regional locations.

* Conditions of employment will vary for casual staff.

Our department recognises that cultural capability of all of our staff is integral to being able to better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, partner more inclusively with key organisations and engage genuinely with communities. Accordingly, all staff upon commencement undertake Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural capability training.

Some positions may require the role to be undertaken by a person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background due to the particular client group and the nature of the work.

Support to maintain work-life blend

As part of our commitment to diversity, we seek to support our employees to maintain an optimal blend of work and life through offering a range a range of flexible work possibilities including:

  • Accrued time (also known as flexi-time or accumulated time) – where employees can work more than the standard daily or weekly hours and take the accrued time off later as a full or part-day.
  • Flexible start and finish times - work the usual number of hours, but vary start and finish times (within agreed spread of hours).
  • Compressed hours - a formal arrangement where normal, full-time hours are worked (e.g. 36 hours, 15 minutes a week) over fewer than normal days. This arrangement is often used to work a nine-day fortnight.
  • Part-time – regular predictable hours, less than full time.
  • Job sharing - sharing the duties of one job between two or more employees.
  • Leave at half pay –long service and recreation leave may be taken at half pay to extend the number of days that can be taken.
  • Purchased leave - Eligible employees may apply to access an extra 6 weeks leave over a year. While this is technically without salary, fortnightly deductions from your pay set aside money to fund this extra leave.
  • Parental leave - Eligible employees will be entitled to 14 weeks paid maternity/adoption leave. In addition, an employee may be granted up to 2 years unpaid parental leave (inclusive of the 14 weeks paid leave) to be their child’s primary carer. Employees may also apply to work part-time until their children start school.
  • Carer’s Room - Our department is a family friendly workplace and our employees have access to a room which may be used for short-term emergencies when a dependent has an injury or non-infectious condition and other care is not available or for staff who require a facility to breastfeed and infant or express milk.
  • Special leave - An employee may be granted up to 5 days leave in any 12 month period that is reasonably required for an emergency situation or on compassionate grounds.
  • Cultural leave – Staff may access any of the leave types listed here in order to meet obligations under traditional law, customary law and family obligations, and to celebrate religious and cultural observances including, but not limited to, Rosh Hashana, Eid al-Fitr, Orthodox Easter, Diwali, Sorry Business, NAIDOC, Mabo Day and Coming of the Light Festival. In addition, special leave without salary may be provided for up to 5 days cultural or religious leave each year.

The Employee Assistance Service

Employees have access to confidential free counselling to resolve problems affecting their work and/or personal life through an Employee Assistance Service (EAS). This service is also available to an employee's immediate family members.

Professional development

We will offer learning and professional development opportunities throughout your career. The Workforce Capability Strategy provides a commitment to improve our staff's capabilities, attract new staff and deliver better outcomes for our clients.

You will be able to keep your skills up-to-date so you can provide the best support possible to people in need. Mentoring and supervision opportunities are also available.

Capability and Leadership Framework

The Capability and Leadership Framework is a resource that assists the selection and development of people at all levels of our department. It helps identify the skills and attributes that are required in our emerging organisational environment.

The framework has been developed by the Public Service Commission

Study and research assistance

We value your decision to undertake study or research to further develop your skills.

The Study and Research Assistance Scheme supports employees who undertake further education, provided the area of study or research is relevant to the services we provide and is linked to our strategic outcomes.

As part of the scheme, you may be eligible to receive financial and/or leave assistance.