Benefits of working for Council

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At Hobsons Bay we have a range of employment benefits that help make work easier and enjoyable.  

Salary packaging and superannuation

Salary packaging options: novated leases, gym membership, computers (conditions apply).

Superannuation: Council contributes superannuation inline with legislation to an employee’s nominated superannuation fund. Employees can also opt for additional contributions.



Training and development

Substantial funding is committed to organisational training. Training and development needs are discussed at annual appraisals.

We also offer fee reimbursement assistance for approved qualifications and study leave provisions.


Annual leave: four weeks annual leave for permanent employees. Most employees also receive a 17.5 per cent annual leave loading.

Parental leave: various entitlements for prenatal appointments, maternity leave, paternity leave and adoption leave are available. After 12 months working at Council female employees are entitled to 17 weeks paid maternity leave and non-birthing partners four weeks paid paternity leave.

Compassionate leave: up to five days if there is a death in the family. Consideration will also be given to special circumstances e.g. death in extended families.

Carer's leave: available through your sick leave credits to care for an immediate family member who is ill or requires assistance.

Rostered day off (RDO): full-time, permanent employees (not contract positions) are entitled to an RDO once every four weeks based on hours worked. Operational Centre based employees are entitled to a nine day fortnight.

Sick leave: a total of 12 days sick leave for the first 12 months dependant on the employment status. Additional provisions apply for Childcare Educators and Maternal and Child Health Nurses.

Work-life balance

Family friendly provisions: flexible working arrangements (where practical) to support family responsibilities.

Social club: fun social events at discounted prices for social club members.

Phased retirement: enabling mature employees flexibility regarding their retirement.


Health and wellbeing

Employee assistance program (EAP): up to four free counselling sessions, offering temporary assistance during personal difficulties such as family, work, personal or medical problems.

Health and wellbeing program: a range of activities and workshops such as yoga, pilates and circuit.

Occupational health and safety: a safe and healthy working environment for all employees.

Smoke free: smoking is not allowed in Council buildings and in Council vehicles.

Other benefits

Enterprise agreement: terms and conditions of employment are covered by a certified agreement.

Equal opportunities: a safe workplace that is free of discrimination and victimisation, where all employees are treated equally and fairly.

At Hobsons Bay City Council diversity means accepting, respecting and valuing the differences between people in our organisation and our community. It is an understanding that each individual is unique and by embracing these differences we can only enhance the services provided to our community. These differences can include ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, family status, religious beliefs, perspective, experience, or other ideologies.