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Join us to make NSW thrive

Together, we are building an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees and the communities we serve.

Working with us you have a access to a range of opportunities including:

  • career development
  • flexible work arrangements
  • support networks
  • networking and collaborating across NSW
  • being a part of positive change on real-life challenges for people and communities
  • working within your community

We encourage everyone who wants to contribute to meaningful initiatives and be part of our inclusive workplace to apply to join our team!

Benefits

Our department creates thriving communities, environments and economies.

You could be delivering new and affordable homes, supporting flood relief or bushfire recovery, securing our waterways, planning our regions, managing our national parks or caring for our environment. You’ll be proud of your work for the department and the contribution you make to a better NSW.

How we support our employees to thrive at the work:

Flexibility

Flexible working: We value diversity. To help our people to thrive, we have created a workplace and working environment that is inclusive and flexible.

Hybrid workplace: We have adopted a hybrid working approach. You’ll spend time in the office with your team for connection and collaboration but have the option to work from home if practical.

Leave

Flex leave: You can accrue and use up to 24 ‘flex’ leave days on an ongoing basis. This is in addition to the standard 4 weeks of recreational leave.

Extended leave: You can apply for extended leave (also known as long service leave) once you have completed 7 years of service within the NSW public sector.

Purchased leave: You can make a request to purchase leave – an option across the NSW public sector.

Parental leave: We offer up to 14 weeks paid parental leave for the care of a child within the first 12 months from its date of birth, adoption or surrogacy. This applies to employees who have completed a minimum of 40 weeks continuous service.

Our ‘Keeping In Touch’ (KIT) program offers parental assistance to all employees who are or about to become parents. We provides tools and resources for managers who have team members that are:

  • expecting a baby
  • transitioning to parental leave
  • returning to work
  • balancing work and family.

KIT days allow all employees on unpaid parental leave the chance to come back into the office for up to 10 days to refresh their skills and ease their transition back to work. KIT days can be anywhere from 1 hour to the full 10 days and payment is commensurate with the actual hours worked at ordinary time.

Other leave: We offer further leave options to eligible employees. These include parental leave, community service leave, study leave, domestic and family violence leave and family community service leave.

Locations

As part of a NSW public sector regionalisation strategy, we are creating opportunities across our state. Where practical, you will be able to work regionally or in one of our greater Sydney office locations. Find out more at Connected Workplaces

Health and wellbeing

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): EAP is available to our employees and their family members. It supports and empowers employees and their families through free and confidential counselling for both personal and work-related issues.

Fitness Passport: Fitness Passport provides access to 350+ gyms, pools and recreational centres across NSW at discounted rates.

Self-help library: We provide a library of self-help tools and resources to promote a strong health and wellbeing culture.

Workplace adjustments: Providing workplace adjustments is part of creating a workplace that values diversity and inclusion. We make adjustments to ensure you have the support you need to thrive in your role.

WorkMates: WorkMates is a volunteer peer support program that prioritises our peoples physical and psychological wellbeing at work.

Flu vaccination program: We provide free flu vaccination rebates and vouchers every year.

Career development

Leadership development: We help develop our emerging and existing leaders at all levels so we can build a pipeline of leaders ready to realise the departments goals and deliver great outcomes.

For those making the leadership journey, we offer workshops, mentoring programs and access to a wide range of external programs and online learning options.

Higher duties and temporary assignments: Transfers, temporary transfers, secondments and acting/shadowing opportunities are a great way to gain experience in a different role. You could also gain experience working with another government agency. We offer these opportunities so you can develop your skills and experience and thrive in areas outside your main role.

Learning and development

We value and support our people and help them thrive both personally and professionally. We do this by providing learning and development opportunities to suit individual learning styles. This includes virtual live workshops, face-to face-training, online and e-Learning programs, along with various multimedia courses. Our learning and capability framework builds individual and core capabilities so we have a sustainable and ‘future-of-work-ready workforce’.

LinkedIn Learning: You will have access to LinkedIn Learning, an online self-paced platform. Our employees can access over 8,000 courses covering all areas of professional development. Learn at your own pace, enrol in an course and upskill to achieve your professional goals.

Building Me: You will have access to a professional and personal development learning framework – ‘the Building Me program’ – to support you and help you thrive at the department.

The framework is designed to build your capabilities and focuses on soft skills aligned to the NSW Public Sector Capability Framework, which supports your professional development journey at the department and within the public sector.

Study assistance: We offer a comprehensive study assistance program. We partner with external professional assocations that support our employees’ professional goals.

How to apply

We want all candidates to have a good experience when applying to work at the department. Our recruitment process involves:

  • applying online through I work for NSW
  • attending an interview
  • completing assessment tasks and activities
  • pre-employment checks: reference checks, qualifications, eligibility to work in Australia, working with children checks, criminal history and some roles will require a health assessment

We encourage and support applications from people with disability (as defined in Disability Discrimination Act 1992) by making adjustments to the interview and assessments to enable equal access in the recruitment process.

Candidates can request an adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process. We will work with you to determine what adjustments can be made. Personal information about your disability will only be used to provide adjustments you may need during the recruitment process.

If you are identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and would like information or assistance in applying, contact our Aboriginal People and Culture team: DPIEAPC@dpie.nsw.gov.au

Your candidate journey

Our recruitment process and the experience you can expect as a candidate.

Flexible working

Flexibility in the workplace and our connected workplaces across the State.

Requesting adjustments: applying for a job and working for NSW Government

In NSW Government, we recognise that our workforce needs to be as diverse as the people we serve to deliver the best outcomes for the people of NSW.

For more information go to I work for NSW for specific details on assessments and our commitment to candidates.

Certificate of Completion Disability Confident Recruiter 2023 badgeThe Department of Planning and Environment is now Disability Confident Recruiter Accredited. For the disability community, this means we have a recruitment process that's accessible. People with disability can apply for our jobs without experiencing barriers. We’re committed to being an employer of choice for the people of NSW.

For additional information and requests on adjustments please contact the Diversity and Inclusion team at diversity@dpie.nsw.gov.au