Employee benefits

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The City of Greater Bendigo is working to make Bendigo Australia’s most liveable regional city. To achieve this vision and make a real contribution to the community every day, we recognise that our employees are central to our success. That’s why we are continually working to create the right environment to support and encourage each other to be the best we can. 

Living and working in Bendigo

Bendigo is a great lifestyle choice with the City surrounded by forest, only 90 minutes from Melbourne, with affordable housing and a flexible work environment. It is a good choice for those seeking less commuting time and a more balanced lifestyle. 

101 reasons to be part of the City of Greater Bendigo team

Promoting health, wellbeing and balance 

  1. Health assessments 

  1. Onsite wellbeing sessions 

  1. Proactive safety management 

  1. Employee assistance program 

  1. Discounted gym membership 

  1. Social club 

  1. Get Up and Go (staff health and wellbeing program) 

  1. Staff Wellbeing Network 

  1. Charity and community events 

  1. Corporate blood drives 

  1. Baby care/breastfeeding room 

  1. Drop off/pick up dry cleaning service 

  1. Consultative Committee 

  1. OH&S Committee 

  1. GMHBA health plan (local government) 

  1. Flu vaccines 

  1. Access to contact officers 

  1. Extensive return to work support 

  1. Men's health week major sponsor 

  1. Sit/stand meeting tables 

  1. Tuckerbox – onsite healthy snack alternatives 

Flexible leave variations to cater for different circumstances

  1. Annual leave - 4 weeks at full or half pay 

  1. Purchase up to 8 weeks of annual leave 

  1. Personal leave (sick, carer and emergency) - 12 days 

  1. Up to 3 months additional sick leave 

  1. Five days paid bereavement leave 

  1. Long service leave (access after 7 years’ service on a pro-rata basis) 

  1. Combined total of 52 weeks unpaid parental leave 

  1. Sixteen weeks paid maternity leave 

  1. Two weeks paid paternity leave 

  1. Right to request to extend the period unpaid parental leave up to 12 months 

  1. Right to request to return to work part time from parental leave 

  1. Breast screening examination leave 

  1. Breast feeding alteration to work hours 

  1. Leave without pay 

  1. Pre-natal leave up to 22.8 hours 

  1. Pre-natal leave up to 7.6 hours for a partner

  1. Adoption leave 

  1. Emergency Services leave 

  1. Twenty days paid Family Violence leave 

  1. Negotiable leave on Code Red days  

Professional and personal development to be the best we can

  1. Corporate and site induction  

  1. Study leave  

  1. Financial study assistance  

  1. Staff training and information sessions  

  1. On the job training  

  1. Secondments  

  1. Paid higher duties opportunities  

  1. Conferences, seminars and networks  

  1. Professional membership payment  

  1. Performance development and reviews  

  1. Individual development plans  

  1. Leadership development opportunities  

  1. Team building activities  

Relevant reward and recognition 

  1. Staff awards program 

  1. Graduation ceremonies  

  1. Years of service recognition  

  1. Random Acts of Recognition  

  1. All staff Christmas celebration  

Commitment to diversity

  1. Recognition of cultural diversity 

  1. Cultural and ceremonial leave  

  1. Celebration events such as Diversity Week, NAIDOC Week, Harmony Day, Reconciliation Week  

  1. Citizenship ceremonies  

  1. Involvement in cultural diversity programs such as Aboriginal reconciliation and international relationships  

  1. Year of Women in Local Government  

Sustainability and travel smart options

  1. Bike fleet  

  1. Secure bike storage  

  1. Showers and changing rooms  

  1. Ride and walk to work promotions/events  

  1. Bendigo travel smart map  

  1. Green travel smart kit  

  1. Online car booking system  

  1. Access to green fleet vehicle  

  1. Enviro-rep network and champions  

  1. Recycling initiatives  

  1. Workplace giving program  

  1. Corporate volunteering (1 day paid per year)  

Supporting your personal, family and financial needs

  1. Above award pay rates  

  1. Annual pay increases via Enterprise Agreement  

  1. Annual allowance increases (by CPI)  

  1. Cashing in of long service leave  

  1. Individual support to an employee experiencing family violence  

  1. Superannuation information (Vision Super and Vic Super)  

  1. Salary packaging your super  

  1. Accident make-up pay  

  1. Meal allowances  

  1. Maintenance allowance for vehicle and plant maintenance  

  1. Discounted parking (via your pay)  

  1. Rates deductions (via your pay)  

  1. Childcare reimbursement for afterhours work  

  1. Keeping in Touch program while on parental leave  

  1. Reimburse annual and long service leave if sick  

  1. Welcome to Bendigo kit  

  1. Reimbursement of the cost of losing a No Claim Bonus and/or Policy Excess for a private motor vehicle used for business purposes  

Flexible work arrangements

  1. Full time, part time and casual employment arrangements  

  1. Flexible start and finish times  

  1. Flexible leave or RDOs  

  1. Time in lieu (of overtime payment)  

  1. Phased retirement options  

  1. Potential to job share  

  1. Potential to work from home 

Contact us

For more information about the benefits of being an employee please contact us on 03 5434 6000.

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