Working with us

Image of a staff member with the words "we care"

At Golden Plains Shire Council, we offer a broad range of career opportunities and pathways spanning engineering, roads and drainage, planning, children services, environment and sustainability, community development and wellbeing, youth services and much more. From school crossing supervisors to roles in economic development or marketing, our diverse services provide a unique chance to learn and experience various aspects of Council work in an environment where no day is the same as the next. 

With a smaller workforce, you can accelerate your career trajectory with opportunities to act in leadership roles, transition between teams and participate in a range of collaborative projects with stakeholders across Council and in our community.

Our commitment to learning and development is evident through an active program and investment in leadership development via training, coaching, and support. Our recently updated performance and learning program ensures personalised development plans and opportunities, supported by regular feedback and support to equip you with the necessary skills, experience, and knowledge to excel in your role.

We care, we thrive, we grow. 

Our people are passionate, collaborative and deeply committed to both the community and the work they do. This commitment is felt from the moment you step through the doors, in every interaction and in the way we celebrate our collective achievements.

In a 2023 survey, our staff consistently described our workplace as one that genuinely cared for both our community as well as our people, that they thrived on the flexibility and support available to them and had access to diverse opportunities for personal and professional growth.

We are dedicated to fostering this culture, understanding that our people are the key to the future growth and success of Golden Plains Shire.

We care about our community and our people

Our people care about one another and the community we support. Our culture is welcoming and supportive, we collaborate often and are committed to providing a safe and inclusive work environment.

We offer a range of benefits to prioritise the wellbeing and engagement of our people. This includes:

  • investment in engagement strategies and actions driven by our Values Champions with representatives from all reaches of the organisation
  • commitments to diversity and inclusion embodied in our Council Plan and supported by our Reconciliation Action Plan (Reflect) and Gender Equality Action Plan
  • an employee assistance and wellbeing program offering a range of services to support your wellbeing including specialised support relating to financial health, career, leadership responsibilities, family matters, legal matters, nutrition and lifestyle and general counselling support
  • offices equipped with sit-stand desks, natural light and open spaces for collaboration
  • a dedicated wellbeing room at our Civic Centre for use for personal health needs, prayer, breastfeeding or to recuperate if injured or suddenly unwell
  • trained mental health first aiders representing all reaches of the organisation
  • first aid offers at every site
  • an active social club
  • family violence support and entitlements
We provide flexibility and support so our people can thrive

Flexibility comes in many forms and is unique to each person. We support flexibility wherever we can to help you to balance your life and work commitments so that you don't have to miss out on the things most important to you.

We will consider all requests for flexibility and support these wherever possible (guided by your role and any potential impact on services). This may include arrangements such as:

  • part time work
  • flexible start and finish times
  • hybrid work arrangements allowing you to work part of the time from home or another location
  • ability to work at different sites across the Shire
  • purchase of an additional 4 weeks of leave each year
  • rostered/accrued days off for many of our full time employees
  • 16 weeks parental leave for primary carers regardless of gender
  • gradual increase or decrease in work hours to support transition from parental leave or to retirement
  • access to paid leave for blood donation, to respond to family violence, gender affirmation, cutlural/ceremonial matters
We offer diverse opportunities that grow our people

Delivering a very broad range of services to the community, Council is a great place to explore different career pathways and learn and grow your skills, knowledge and experience.

Being a relatively small organisation (but growing rapidly) we can provide you with opportunity to try out new roles, act in leadership roles and enjoy a workplace where no one day is the same as the next.

Your development is supported by:

  • corporate onboarding program to welcome you to the team and ensure you have the information, support and relationships you need to thrive in your role
  • an active learning and development program including self-directed learning, accredited courses and programs to grow your skills professionally and personally
  • study assistance for approved tertiary study and accredited courses including financial assistance and paid leave for permanent employees
  • opportunity to participate in collaborative projects, diversity and inclusion initiatives, committees and continuous improvement initiatives to positively influence the culture of our organisation and the future of the Shire
  • active and engaged staff consultative committee and values champions groups who help inform and guide decision making
  • leadership development and coaching programs to empower our leaders with the skills, confidence and support to thrive
  • a recently implement performance review planning program to support ongoing feedback and communication, 
  • peer led recognition program to celebrate the achievements of our people

We're closer than you think

Centrally located between Geelong, Ballarat, Melbourne, and the Surf Coast, Golden Plains Shire Council is easily accessible.  We have staff who travel from all reaches to work with us - the easy and scenic rural drive an appealing change to the hustle and bustle of working in a large town or city.

Our main office in Bannockburn opened in mid 2020, boasting an architecturally designed space that encourages collaboration.  With sit-stand desks, open lunch spaces, and sustainability inclusions, it reflects our commitment to a positive work environment.  We’re not just a workplace; we’re a community, surrounded by scenic rural drives making the journey to work an enjoyable experience.

In addition to our Bannockburn office, we have a Customer Hub office in Smythesdale, depots in Shelford and Linton and kindergarten and Maternal and Child Health Centres across the Shire.

Join us and be part of a vibrant community that values your contribution and growth!

Rate this page

Is this page useful?