Working with us


Working with Byron 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. 

Your life

  • Location: Byron Shire offers pristine beaches, diverse lifestyles, a magnificent natural environment and subtropical climate. This natural beauty and the relaxed atmosphere make Byron a great place to work and play! Brisbane City is only two hours away. We are located 30 minutes north of the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and 40 minutes south of the Gold Coast Airport. With daily domestic flights from Ballina or the Gold Coast, getting your dose of city life has never been easier!

  • 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:  Fortnightly Rostered Days Off for 38 hour/week 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.

Your wellbeing

  • 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.

  • Health and Wellbeing Expo:  An annual expo with a focus on health and wellbeing.

  • 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. 

Your family

  • 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.

  • Childcare: Automatic pay deductions (salary sacrifice)  if you are using Council’s childcare centre.

  • 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.