Conditions of employment

Enterprise Agreement

Staff of the ACT Audit Office are engaged under the terms of an Enterprise Agreement negotiated in 2011. The conditions of employment of staff members are those contained in the ACT Public Sector Management Act 1994 and related Public Sector Management Standards except as provided in the Enterprise Agreement.

The current Enterprise Agreement  nominally expires on 30 June 2017.

Appointments

Successful applicants will become permanent officers after a probation period, unless noted otherwise.

Citizenship

Applicants must be either Australian citizens, or have permanent resident status.

Security

To be eligible for appointment with the Office, an applicant must be of good character and meet the required standard of health and physical fitness. Any job offer is conditional on the satisfactory production of original documents confirming identity, citizen/resident status and qualifications, and completion of a police check. Failure to produce documents or failure against the police check will lead to withdrawal of the job offer.

Former ACT Government employees who have recently taken redundancy packages

A former employee of the ACT Public Service who has received a redundancy benefit must not be engaged as an employee within two years of their retirement.


Annual leave

Staff accrue four weeks (20 working days) annual leave per year. This entitlement accrues on a proportionate basis from the date of employment and is available as it accrues.

Staff will be paid an annual leave bonus on the first payday in December each year.

Personal leave

Staff accrue 18 days accumulative leave on full pay each year for personal leave.

Personal leave will include provisions for sick leave, carer's leave, bereavement leave, and leave in special circumstances. Staff receive an additional 18 days full pay credit each year on the anniversary of their commencement.


Long service leave

On completion of ten years of Government service, staff will be eligible for three months full pay Long Service Leave. Long Service Leave (LSL) accrues at the rate of nine calendar days for each year of service. Staff may be granted leave to the extent of pro-rata long service leave credits after seven years eligible service. The minimum period of Long Service Leave that may be granted is seven calendar days. If a staff member has prior service with a Commonwealth, State or local Government authority, they may be eligible to have this service counted for LSL purposes.

Maternity leave

Staff are eligible for maternity leave provided they have completed twelve months continuous service. The entitlement consists of an initial grant of 14 weeks full pay and access to a maximum period of 40 weeks leave without pay thereafter. To provide more flexibility, staff may be granted paid maternity leave over a period of 28 weeks at half pay.


Flexible working arrangements

The Office recognises that enhanced flexibility in attendance and working arrangements has the potential to deliver benefits to its clients, staff and the Office itself. The Office seeks to optimise those benefits by fairly balancing the interests of all stakeholders.

The Enterprise Agreement provides for a range of such flexible work practices. These include, but are not limited to a flexitime scheme (for staff members below Audit Manager), flexible arrangements for Audit Managers, negotiated hours of employment, working from home and part-time work.


ACT Public Sector Code of Ethics

The Public Sector Management Act 1994 sets out the obligations that apply to every ACT public employee (Section 9). These obligations underpin a detailed ACT Public Sector Code of Ethics, which outlines the standard of behaviour expected of all public employees. A high standard of conduct is central to the concept of an effective and contemporary public service.

As officers of the ACT Public Sector, staff are required to:

  • exercise reasonable care and skill;
  • act impartially;
  • act with probity;
  • treat members of the public and other public employees with courtesy and sensitivity to their rights, duties and aspirations;
  • in dealing with members of the public, make all reasonable efforts to assist them to understand their entitlements, and to understand any requirements which they are obliged to satisfy under those laws;
  • not harass a member of the public or another public employee, whether sexually or otherwise;
  • not unlawfully coerce a member of the public or another public employee;
  • comply with the Public Sector Management Act, the management standards and all other laws of the Territory;
  • comply with any lawful and reasonable direction given by a person having authority to give the direction;
  • disclose any interest, pecuniary or otherwise, that could conflict, or appear to conflict, with the proper performance of his or her duties, or take action to avoid such conflict;
  • not take, or seek to take, improper advantage of his or her position to obtain a benefit for the employee or any other person;
  • not take, or seek to take, improper advantage, for the benefit of the employee or any other person, of any information acquired, or any document to which the employee has access, as a consequence of his or her employment;
  • not disclose, without lawful authority any information acquired by him or her as a consequence of his or her employment;
  • not make a comment which he or she is not authorised to make where the comment may be expected to be taken to be an official comment;
  • not make improper use of the property of the Territory;
  • avoid waste and extravagance in the use of the property of the Territory;
  • report to an appropriate authority any corrupt or fraudulent conduct in the public sector that comes to his or her attention, or any possible maladministration in the public sector that he or she has reason to suspect.

Workplace diversity

The ACT Public Service has unique state and local government responsibilities. It is built on ethics and values emphasising impartiality, accountability to government, equality of opportunity, community consultation and service to the public. ACT legislation, including the Public Sector Management Act and the ACT Human Rights Act, prohibits discrimination in employment and gives everyone the right and the opportunity to seek access to appointment to the ACT Public Service.

The ACT Public Service supports, recognises and values the diversity of cultures within the Australian community. The ACT Public Service understands that it can best deliver quality services through a workforce reflecting this diversity.

Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.