Employment Conditions

Below is a summary of current general conditions of employment at Hawkesbury City Council.

Council is a large organisation, employing staff across a wide range of professions and industry groups; consequently some specific conditions of employment may vary.

Local Government (State) Award

All staff at Council are employed under this Award.

Hours of Work

Can vary depending on the operational requirements of the position.  Normal working hours are generally based on either 35hpw or 38hpw.

Rostered Day Off

Most staff are on an RDO system.  These staff members are entitled to 1 RDO every 2 weeks or 1 RDO every 4 weeks depending on the position.

Payment arrangement

Council currently pays staff on a weekly basis.  Salaries are paid directly into the account of their choice.


Council pays 9.5% on top of an employee’s salary to superannuation contributions.  Employees can also make additional contributions or make salary sacrifice arrangements.

Performance Appraisal

Council has an employee performance planning and review system that is conducted annually.  An employee must be employed in the position in which they are appraised against for at least six months before they are entitled to a performance increase.

Leave entitlements

Annual Leave: Full time staff are entitled to 4 weeks annual leave after 12 months of continuous service / Part time staff are entitled to 4 weeks annual leave accrued on a pro rata basis.

Sick Leave: Full time staff are entitled to 3 weeks paid sick leave per year / Part time staff will receive 3 weeks paid sick leave per year on a pro rata basis.

Long Service Leave: Staff are entitled to 6.5 weeks long service leave after 5 years continuous services with Council / Part time staff leave will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Carers Leave: Staff (except casuals) are entitled to carers leave using their sick leave entitlements to care for certain family members and relatives.

Paid Maternity Leave: Maternity leave includes a period of paid maternity leave of 9 weeks full pay or 18 weeks half pay.

Learning and Development Opportunities

Get a head start! If you already have some idea of what you want to do, Council can give you a valuable head start in your career, with a mix of on-the-job training and assisted study.

Education Assistance

Staff are entitled to receive assistance with work related studies via application and approval through Council’s Tertiary Education Assistance program.

Health and Well Being Programs

Council aims to help staff maintain and improve their health and well-being through a number of programs such as Corporate Gym Membership offers, Weight Watchers @ Work and Flu vaccinations.

Employee Assistance Program

Council offers a confidential counselling service at no cost to staff to address issues that may be impacting on performance or well-being.

Other recognition schemes and benefits include, Employee of the Month Awards, Staff Service Awards and Corporate Uniform Subsidies.

Applicants should note that this information provides a brief overview of employee entitlements.  Specific enquiries relating to these provisions can be obtained by contacting Council’s Human Resources Branch on (02) 4560 4444.

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