Employee benefits

What we offer

Working for WA Health gives you access to some of the most sought-after benefits available among Western Australian employers.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • A competitive, award-based salary and entitlements (for example, annual leave), plus 11.5 per cent employer contributed superannuation.
  • A professional working environment and culture.
  • Rewarding and challenging work roles.
  • Strong team work focus, and a chance to share and improve your skills.
  • Leadership and professional development programs.
  • Gaining experience in a broad range of clinical and non-clinical settings.
  • Education and training opportunities in specialty areas.
  • Flexible work and leave arrangements.
  • Opportunities for career advancement.
  • Contributing to the health of the community.
  • Opportunity to work close to home with health sites located throughout the metropolitan and country areas.

Subject to the operational requirements of your position and/or work area and the conditions of your industrial award/agreement, employees may access a range of other benefits.

Flexible work and leave options

Flexible work and leave options are available depending on operational requirements and industrial award provisions.

These options may include:

  • flexible start and finish times
  • accrued or rostered days off
  • 9 day fortnight or 19 day month
  • part time work, job share arrangement or telecommuting arrangements
  • phased retirement
  • taking annual and long service leave in single days or weeks, or taking twice the amount of leave at half pay, or taking half the leave at double pay
  • personal leave, which provides you with flexible fully paid leave for a several personal reasons such as being sick, carers and emergency leave
  • long service leave – employees are entitled to 13 weeks long service leave for every 7 or 10 years of continuous service, depending on the applicable industrial award/agreement
  • paid parental leave for 14 weeks and unpaid parental leave or unpaid partner leave for birth or adoption, with the possibility of extending the period of leave without pay for up to 2 years
  • an additional 10 weeks of purchased leave, depending on the applicable award/agreement – this gives you enough leave for all the school holidays or to go on an overseas holiday (availability dependent on operational requirements).

Professional development opportunities and study leave/assistance

WA Health has a strong commitment to professional development and learning opportunities.

Expressions of interests, acting prospects and secondments allow you to broaden your work experience through on-the-job training in different types of jobs both at-level and higher pay classifications throughout the organisation.

Staff development services at most health services and hospitals provide free or low-cost training for employees to maintain or learn new clinical and non-clinical skills.

Salary packaging

Salary packaging enables you to use pre-tax income towards benefits and reduce the amount of tax you pay, giving you increased disposable income.

Items available to package include car leases, superannuation, laptop computers, general living expenses, meal entertainment, mortgage repayments, rent, credit card payments and education resources.

The items you can package depend on the applicable Industrial Award and Agreement.

Limits and varying Fringe Benefits Tax conditions apply depending on the item to be packaged, and you should seek advice from your financial advisor.

Visit Smart salary (external site) and Paywise (external site) for more information from WA Health’s salary packaging providers.

Support for staff

Through the Employee Assistance Program staff and their family can access free confidential counselling for personal and work related matters.

WA Health encourages all staff and their families to enjoy regular physical activity and healthy eating for wellbeing. Free gym facilities for employees are available at a variety of our health service locations.

Many of the hospital and health service locations also have active social and/or wellness clubs.

Family friendly

Various types of child care and vacation care services are available at Princess Margaret Hospital, QEII Medical Centre, Joondalup Health Campus, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital.

Family work rooms for when usual child care arrangements are unavailable are available at the Health Corporate Network.

WA Health supports breastfeeding employees and includes paid lactation breaks.

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Communications Directorate