Working with us

Working with Bellingen Shire Council can give you a sense of satisfaction that is seldom found in the private sector.  The work that you do has a direct impact on the community and the environment.  You will have the opportunity to:

  • Do what you are passionate about.

  • Make a difference at a community level by providing services, facilities and support to others.

  • Protect the community and prevent harm by ensuring the environment is safe and clean.

  • Plan for the community’s future.

  • Support environmental sustainability – at Council we actively encourage and promote work and personal opportunities where this can be achieved.

  • Enjoy great working conditions. 

Work / Life Balance

  • Working week: full-time employees work a standard 35 or 38 hour week.

  • Annual Leave: Four weeks of paid annual leave/year, with pro-rata available for part-time employees.

  • Long Service Leave: Payable after five years of service in NSW Local Government.

  • Flexible work hours: Generous flex-time system for full-time 35 hour/week employees.

  • Rostered Days Off: Rostered Day Off program for employees. 

  • Flexible working arrangements: Council is supportive of various flexible working arrangements which may include time in lieu, leave without pay, part-time work, job-share arrangements, variations to ordinary hours and phased retirement.



  • Sick Leave: 15 days paid sick leave/year, with pro-rata available for part-time employees.

  • Fitness passport: Discounted gym and pool membership for eligible employees.

  • Togetherbration Event:  An annual all staff gathering to acknowledge long service and recognise achievement.

  • Employee Assistance Program: Access to five free and confidential sessions with a psychologist, for employees and their immediate family.

  • Health screening: Access to various health screening initiatives every year.

  • Fundraising/charity initiatives: Usually initiated by employees, Council supports a number of fundraising and charity initiatives every year.

  • Work Health and Safety focus:  Council has a strong focus on the health and safety of all our employees, we provide quality training and ensure employees have a safe working environment. 


Family focus

  • Carer’s Leave: Sick leave entitlements can be used as Carer’s Leave when required to care for family members and relatives.

  • Paid Parental Leave: 9 weeks at full pay or 18 weeks at half pay for employees with 12 months or more service.


Your future

  • Education Assistance and Study Leave: Access to financial support for further studies, as well as study leave.

  • Training and Development Opportunities:  We offer a range of training and development opportunities for employees to improve their knowledge skills and competency.

  • Secondments: We encourage employees to seek opportunities both internally and externally, to further develop their skills and experience.

  • Service Milestone Awards and Employee Recognition Scheme: We encourage staff to reflect on their individual and team achievements and provide the opportunity to celebrate on an annual basis.


Your money

  • Salary sacrifice: The option to reduce your taxable income by salary sacrificing eligible items.

  • Rates: Automatic pay deductions if you are a Shire resident.

  • Uniforms: Supplied or subsidised uniform.

  • Free financial planning advice: Group and individual information sessions are available for all Local Government Superannuation members.

  • Transferred leave entitlements: If you are currently working with another NSW Council, you can transfer your Long Service and Sick Leave entitlements.

  • Parking: free on-site parking at various Council work locations.