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Working with Red Cross

What you need to know before applying

Criminal history check

Red Cross is a child-safe organisation, requiring all applicants to be screened for suitability to work with children, youth and vulnerable people. This will include a National Police Check and, where applicable, a Working with Children check.

A person's criminal history does not automatically exclude an individual from working or volunteering at Red Cross.

In order to undergo a criminal history check we will need to establish your identity. We do this by obtaining identification documents that equal 100 points in value (driver's licence, passport, Medicare card, etc).

We understand that in some circumstances the standard forms of identification aren't always obtainable. In such circumstances, we can accept some alternative documents to help you meet the100-point identification requirement including:

  • a Letter of Introduction from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship
  • a letter verified by two persons recognised as 'community leaders' of the community to which an individual belongs.

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct states who we are, and how we conduct ourselves in our work on behalf of Red Cross.

The Code of Conduct document also outlines the Fundamental Principles. In all activities our volunteers, members and staff are guided by the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Read the Code of Conduct.

When you start working with Red Cross we will ask you to sign up to the Code of Conduct as an acknowledgement that you understand the organisational culture we strive to have and the expectations we have of the way Red Cross people behave as individuals, towards each other, our members, clients, donors, partners and other supporters.

A copy will be made available to you prior to commencement for you to read and accept.

Looking after your health and safety at work

It is our vision to be harm free.

Red Cross is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for volunteers, members, staff, contractors, clients, customers and others who may be affected by our work.

We support this commitment in a variety of ways including providing our people with appropriate systems, tools and training and ensuring we comply with legislation. We are always looking to continually improve our work health and safety systems and performance.

As Red Cross people, we also assume personal responsibility for achieving this vision by actively promoting values and behaviours that will continue to improve our safety culture and performance.

Work Health and Safety policy | Work Health and Safety strategic objectives.

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants

We are committed to increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait workforce and strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply for all Red Cross positions.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander we encourage you to identify yourself in your application.

When interviewing for roles that have a focus on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and/or programs, we aim to have at least one Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person on the panel.

Staff benefits

A career at Red Cross is not just about helping to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people. We also offer a range of benefits to ensure your career at Red Cross is as fufilling and rewarding as possible

Salary packaging

Salary packaging allows you to pay for certain expenses before tax is taken out of earnings. This reduces the amount of tax paid, helping staff make the most of their income.

You could choose to package a range of items, such as your mortgage, rent, school tuition fees, private health insurance or even a personal loan repayment within this limit. You may decide to use our convenient Salary Packaging Payment Card to package everyday living expenses including groceries, clothing and utility bills.

You can package up to the allowable maximum of $16,050 each FBT year, plus make use of the Meal Entertainment Card which is available beyond your cap limit.

For more information and for useful calculators to estimate how much you could save based on your choice of benefits, please visit our workplace benefits provider, Maxxia.

Novated vehicle leasing

If you have an ongoing employment relationship with us, then you would be eligible to enter into novated lease arrangements for a motor vehicle, subject to credit approval by the financier and approval by us.

By leasing a vehicle through Maxxia you could enjoy plenty of savings including your lease costs, insurance, and servicing and maintenance costs.

Employee assistance program

We offer external free, professional, confidential counselling assistance to members of the workforce who may need help with particular problems affecting their well being; personally, in the workplace and in the field.

Family-friendly policies

Our Flexible Work Arrangement Policy includes provisions such as the ability to alter your start and finish times, job sharing and part time options (where appropriate).

In line with our Flexible Work - 48/52 Policy, you may also be eligible to purchase additional annual leave by reducing your salary by the nominated weeks and then annualising this salary across the full year.

We acknowledge the need to balance your work and personal life and have developed our Children in the Workplace Policy for those situations where there are no other reasonable alternatives.

In addition to flexible work arrangements, we also offer paid parental leave for the birth mother and the domestic partner of the birth mother.

Social and wellbeing initiatives

We are committed to helping ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our workforce. As part of this commitment, we have established Social & Wellbeing Committees in each state and territory who coordinate regular activities and assist in launching organisational initiatives.

We have a dedicated team of Work Health & Safety representatives as well as committees in each state and territory. Their number one priority is to assist in making your workplace safe.

Environmentally friendly

Our Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2010-2013 provides us with a means of better understanding the environmental impacts of our business practices. As part of this strategy, Green teams have been established in each state and territory and provide a forum for environmental issues and support initiatives such as recycled and fair-trade products, environmental waste management, and "green" office practices.

Career and personal development

Our Study Assistance Policy and Performance Review & Development model ensures that not only do you have adequate skills and support to perform your current role, but that you also have the opportunity to enhance your work performance to meet your personal career direction.

All of our internal vacancies are listed on our intranet and our recruitment practices support principles of equity, fairness and transparency to all recruitment.


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