Working at Caritas Australia
Benefits for Employees - Australian-based staff
At Caritas we believe in a world in which children, women and men most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice have the right to a life of peace, prosperity and security.
We work globally, including in Australia, to empower people and communities to eradicate poverty in all its forms. We go wherever the challenges are the greatest, at the grassroots, walking alongside communities. We work with people regardless of their religious, political or cultural beliefs.
Our People and Workforce
We are the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency and our work is shaped by Catholic Social Teaching, which is based on universal principles such as Dignity of the Human Person, Participation, Solidarity and the Common Good.
Within Caritas, diversity is a strength of our workforce. We come from a range of cultural and language backgrounds, religious backgrounds, generations and life experiences. What we have in common is the motivation to make a difference.
Some of the ways we recognise your contribution:
Remuneration & Salary Packaging
In addition to the base salary and 9.5% superannuation, you will be eligible for salary packaging. As a registered charity, we can offer our employees part of their salary (up to $15,900) tax-free, which means more take-home pay.
Watch the video here for an explanation of how someone on a $55,000 base salary can save almost $5,500 a year by salary packaging: salary packaging
You will be entitled to 20 days paid annual leave each year (or pro-rata if you’re part-time). We also offer a 17.5% leave loading when you take annual leave (a little extra spending money when you go on holidays!)
When something unexpected happens, there are paid leave options (such as personal leave including sick leave and carer’s leave, as well as compassionate leave) so that you can take time off work to take care of yourself and your loved ones.
We encourage our staff to grow and develop within our organisation. Unlike many other employers, we offer long service leave after seven years, giving you an opportunity to re-energise or pursue other passions.
Our paid parental leave is available to employees after one year of service. Our conditions are in addition to the government Paid Parental Scheme. We encourage parents to stay connected with us through paid Keeping In Touch Days.
Our staff also have access to retreat leave and formation leave to deepen their spiritual growth and how this integrates with their role and their contribution to the mission of Caritas.
Three additional days holiday between Christmas and New Year are usually provided as a thank you to all our staff for going ‘above and beyond’.
Wellness at Work
We want you to be happy, healthy and to have work-life balance. Our Wellness at Work program gives you access to free counselling and coaching; a quiet room for meditation; financial health checks; free flu vaccinations; ergonomic checks; discounted gym memberships; and a Work Health and Safety officer.
Flexible working conditions may also be available which you can discuss with your manager. Working from home or arranging flexible start and finish times are some options that can be considered.
Work hours for most full-time staff is 37.5 hours each week. If you work additional hours, with the prior agreement of your manager, you’re entitled to time off in lieu.
We’re known for excellent morning teas, birthdays, staff lunches, BBQs and our annual Christmas party.
Professional Development and Learning
Our professional development plan allows you and your manager to discuss your work goals, reflect on your progress, and to discuss your professional development opportunities.
Opportunities for professional development include
on-the-job mentoring and coaching, taking on special projects, in-house training and co-mentoring groups, and external workshops and conferences. We have a Learning Specialist who can work with you and your manager to discuss your development opportunities.
Employees who have worked with us for one year may have access to job-related study leave and financial assistance to further develop their skills at a tertiary level.
You’ll also have access to our wider networks in the international aid and development sector, including Caritas Internationalis and ACFID online networks, conferences and other opportunities that you and your manager can discuss.
Other Benefits of Working at Caritas Australia
We have a smart casual work environment. Visitors often comment on what a pleasant office space we have, brightly designed with thoughtful quotes on the walls. We have a lovely courtyard for social gatherings and sitting in the sun during lunchtime. Newcomers regularly remark how friendly and welcoming the staff are, making settling in during those first weeks on the job easier.
Our office is located a short walk from Green Square Station. For those who choose to drive, there’s on-street parking (although it’s not plentiful, it is free).
We also offer additional salary packaging for meals and entertainment, meaning that you can get partial reimbursements on your accommodation, restaurant and parking bills. Employees can also join Flight Centre’s Travel Club for discounted travel options. There are also discounts from Church Resources.
Making a Difference
The reason many of our staff join Caritas is that they want to make a positive impact in the world. Whether we’re working in the office or in the field, we want to understand how our contribution makes a difference.
From time-to-time, we have visits from our international staff and partner organisations who share their experiences with us. We also have lunchtime sessions where we hear stories from the field by our staff who are involved in international programs, community engagement, advocacy and other areas.
For many of us, the most inspiring part is being able to understand the impact that our work is making in the wider world. It makes the work we do more meaningful.