Working in the Department

What do I need to know about the workplace?

You may want to find out more about your new work environment in order to feel comfortable on your first day.

  • Familiarise yourself with the content on this Environment web site, particularly the sections that apply to the area where you will be working
  • Find where your role fits into the scheme of things on the Departmental structure chart
  • Read relevant sections of the Enterprise Agreement to understand the working conditions that may apply to you

What do I need to know for my first day?

  • Work out your transport arrangements to and from your workplace as parking may be difficult, particularly if you are in the Canberra area
  • Consider your meal arrangements for the first few days as some of our locations may not have convenient or cost effective food outlets
  • Check you know what time to arrive, where to find the entrance and who to contact on arrival
  • Find out what you need to bring, such as your tax file number, birth certificate etc.
  • Discuss any queries with your job Convenor, whose details are on your offer of employment

What would be helpful to know/do within the first week?

Your supervisor or a buddy will assist you with the procedures in the first week. These may include:

  • Familiarising you with the layout of your work area
  • Detailing your duties and responsibilities
  • Providing necessary forms for access to the building and computer system
  • Providing vision statements for the Department and your division or branch
  • Introducing you to the people in your section and branch
  • Discussing the Departmental Performance Development Scheme (called MiPDS)
  • Answering your questions regarding the new workplace.