Benefits and conditions

We offer our employees a range of benefits. These include an inclusive workplace, competitive salaries and flexible working arrangements.

Enterprise agreement

Our department was established on 1 February 2020. Before this, we were the:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of the Environment and Energy (Environment portfolio)

We’ve adopted the Department of the Environment and Energy’s enterprise agreement.

Learn more about our employment conditions. Read our enterprise agreement:

The Department of the Environment and Energy’s staff agreed to a Determination to increase salary and allowances. This is effective from 30 November 2019. The changes are outlined in the Determination and schedule.

Diversity and inclusion

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As an organisation, we are committed to building a culture where difference is valued and respected, and where we work together and leverage the benefit of our diversity.

We value what each individual contributes and have a number of inclusion networks that support:

  • people with an experience of mental health issues
  • people with disability
  • people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
  • people who identify as LGBTIQ
  • Women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


We recognise that healthy employees are happier and more productive in the workplace.

Our staff have access to:

  • annual flu vaccinations
  • other vaccinations (job dependant)
  • work health and safety information and training

Learning and development

We offer our staff ways to learn new skills and develop their work potential. This includes:

  • on-the-job training
  • e-learning courses
  • internal assignments
  • secondment opportunities
  • study leave (for approved external studies)

Work-life balance

Our flexible working arrangements include:

  • part-time hours
  • job sharing
  • paid annual leave
  • support for carers
  • leave provisions

Our strategies and policies

We are still updating our corporate information. We will release updated strategies and employee policies soon.

Our values

We are a part of the Australian Public Service (APS). This means our staff must adhere to APS values. These are:

  • Impartial: the APS is apolitical and provides the government with advice that is frank, honest, timely and based on the best available evidence
  • Committed to service: the APS is professional, objective, innovative and efficient and works collaboratively to achieve the best results for the Australian community and the government
  • Accountable: the APS is open and accountable to the Australian community under the law and within the framework of Ministerial responsibility
  • Respectful: the APS respects all people, including their rights and their heritage
  • Ethical: the APS demonstrates leadership, is trustworthy, and acts with integrity in all that it does

Read more about values and conduct of APS employee: