Benefits of Working with us
Your pay and salary packaging
As an Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) employee, you
are paid a salary as set out in your role description, plus compulsory
employer superannuation contribution (9.5 per cent of salary) and an annual
leave loading (17.5 per cent).
Salary packaging is also available to most permanent full time, permanent
part time and temporary employees. Salary packaging is an easy way to
increase your take home pay by paying for approved personal expenses using
your gross salary (that is, your salary before tax is deducted) up to an
annual limit of $9,009. For example, if you are earning around $90,000 the
salary benefit is about $2,000.
In addition, you have the opportunity to turn more of your salary into
tax free income through our Meal Entertainment program which works in a
similar way to salary packaging. Eligible employees can claim food and
beverage expenses when purchased under certain circumstances, up to an
annual limit of $2,650, as an additional benefit.
Your flexible work options
Flexible work options are available to help you balance your personal and
family commitments with your work. Depending on your work commitments, you
may be able to access a range of flexible work options including, but not
limited to, variation to your hours, part time work, job-sharing, or working
Your leave entitlements
You are entitled to 20 days (4 weeks) paid annual leave. It’s important
to take advantage of your leave to refresh and keep yourself healthy. Some
work categories are also able to cash out additional leave.
We offer attractive maternity and parental leave options for employees
who have completed 40 weeks of continuous service within NSW Health. This
includes 14 weeks paid maternity leave which can be taken at full pay over
14 weeks or half pay over 28 weeks. One week paid parental leave with up to
51 weeks of unpaid parental leave is also available to the other parent.
Family and Community Services Leave (FACS)
FACS leave is available for a range of personal reasons encompassing
family responsibilities, performance of community service or cases of
There are various types of development
opportunities available including training, conferences and tertiary study,
and you can access study leave for opportunities that are aligned to your
current role and/or future career prospects. Senior Medical Officers also
have access to Training, Education and Study Leave (TESL).
Sick leave is available for times when you are unwell. Paid sick leave of
10 days per annum is available after having completed three months’ work
Allocated Day Off (ADO)
If you are a full time employee and work 40 hours a week then you can
take a day a month as a paid ADO. You can accumulate up to three ADOs at a
You can take advantage of unpaid leave for periods from three to 12 months to pursue other interests without resigning your job or sacrificing your career.
We offer a range of workplace health and wellbeing opportunities to help
you live well. This includes team based healthy activity challenges, free
and confidential counselling (Employee Assistance Program), voluntary health
checks, flu vaccinations, a smoking cessation program, and a subsidised gym
program (Fitness Passport).
Our Living Well Hub and app gives you access to recipes, health articles, and online DIY tools to assess your health. You are also able to access a range of discounts which cover private health insurance, gym memberships, shoes and clothes, fitness trackers, subscriptions to magazines, and gift vouchers on Red Balloon.
Employee assistance program
You can access our confidential professional counselling for work,
personal or family issues through an independent counselling provider. The
service is available face to face, online or over the phone and can be
accessed by you or your immediate family members. You can access three free
sessions per issue per year.
Our safety goal is to always be safe at work and to have
everyone safety aware and living our safety message – Think Safe, Work Safe,
Live Safe. Our safety programs focus on behaviours and work design that
reduces risk of injury in the workplace, and promotes the health and
wellbeing of our people.
Learning and professional development
Everyone participates in our learning and development opportunities.
Depending on your career goals and the skills you feel you need to build,
you can cover technical role-specific training, leadership and management
skill building, coaching or pursue secondment opportunities.
Our programs are offered face to face and through our online learning hub – My Health Learning. We also offer a high potential talent program for those who want to gain exposure to other areas of the business, challenge themselves in new areas of work and develop new skills including a Green Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma.
We like to celebrate when our people live our values and achieve great
things. We recognise our achievements through a range of formal award
programs that acknowledge when our people display excellent leadership,
embody our values and achieve our goals.
Recognition can also be a call out in the moment from your manager or your team when they notice something you have done that has made a real difference to our customers. We also celebrate the long term commitment of our employees by recognising years of service milestones.
You are in charge of your career. You can take advantage of a supportive
culture that includes development opportunities, training and experiences
that build your skills and capabilities, as well as practical advice and
support. Progression is seen as getting yourself ready to take your next
career step when you see the opportunity present itself.