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Employee programs and benefits

We are committed to a safe, supportive and productive work environment. Below are some key employee programs and benefits we provide.

Health program

Our health program provides staff with the opportunity to participate in monthly activities including:

  • neck and shoulder massage
  • one hour lunch seminars on health topics
  • blood pressure and cholesterol checks
  • skin checks to monitor sun damage
  • free flu vaccinations
  • participation in the Australian Corporate Games

We recognise that healthy workplaces require a high level of commitment towards staff safety and job satisfaction.

Salary sacrifice

Our salary sacrifice scheme gives staff the option to nominate part of their cash salary into additional superannuation contributions. Salary sacrifice is also available:

  • where staff are offered a Council vehicle as part of a package
  • for membership fees of professional organisations, relating to the role of the staff member

Family friendly

We are committed to providing flexible work arrangements that support staff members in meeting their family commitments and balancing their work with non-work commitments. These arrangements are balanced with the operational needs, service delivery requirements and cost implications of our organisation.

The following family friendly initiatives form part of the Bayside Workplace Agreement:

  • home based work arrangements
  • 48/52 employment (ability for up to eight weeks leave granted per year, including four weeks leave without pay)
  • parental leave
  • job share
  • leave without pay
  • pressing necessity leave
  • nursing mothers
  • after hours dependent care
  • child care
  • cultural and ceremonial leave
  • return to work after extended leave

All of the above initiatives are approached on an individual employee basis, to meet the needs of both the employee and their department.

Leave from previous employment

Where a new staff member has prior service (within the past 12 months) at a Victorian Local Council, the accrued long service leave balance may be transferred to our organisation. Up to a maximum of 20 days sick leave can also be transferred. Any transfer of long service leave will be made in accordance with the Local Government (Long Service Leave) Regulations 2012.
In the case of Victorian State Government departments, we have in place reciprocal agreements for the transfer of long service leave. Sick leave is not transferable.

Similarly these agreements are also in place with some state governments.

However, unlike staff from another Victorian local council, there is no requirement to recognise prior service from interstate local councils, State or Federal governments, or private sector organisations.
To check if you will be eligible to transfer your long service leave balance, please contact the Human Resources Unit on 9599 4472.

Professional development

We support and encourage staff to complete further training and development. We offer study assistance packages for courses related to an individual’s job role.

There is also a comprehensive program of in-house training courses and opportunities to attend external workshops and seminars.

In addition, staff are able to apply to complete further study at certificate, diploma, degree or post graduate level. Subsidies are available for course fees as is the option of salary packaging.

Performance plan

All staff members participate in a formal performance plan process.

Performance plans allow staff to work with their manager to set goals to obtain results linked to the overall goals as outlined within the council plan. It also identifies training and development needs.

Accessibility

Council will continue to create and maintain an accessible and inclusive environment for staff and the Bayside community.

We strive toward:

  • Every person being valued within Bayside.
  • Every person whatever their needs and circumstances, having the opportunity to develop their full potential and to participate in all aspects of work and community life.
  • Recognising the uniqueness and diversity of all individuals and the role they play in enriching our society.
  • In the case of employment, giving due consideration to any reasonable specific adjustments necessary to the workplace to accommodate a staff member.

Social club

A calendar of events is produced each year including the Bayside social club Christmas party, twilight bowling, gold class cinema night, BBQ lunches, social club evenings each month and many more events, all for a small fortnightly contribution by staff arranged via payroll.
Social club staff members can also access discounts for gym memberships and movie tickets.

Environment

Our environmental sustainability framework guides our organisation to achieve more environmentally sustainable outcomes.

We have joined Cities for Climate Protection. This is an innovative international campaign that helps local government and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the environment.