Benefits of Working for the Shire of Denmark & Information for Applicants

Located on the stunning South Coast of Western Australia approximately 50kms west of Albany and 400kms south of Perth, the Shire of Denmark comprises some of Western Australia’s most magnificent coastline and natural attractions.

The Shire of Denmark is an Equal Opportunity Employer that has a team-oriented and highly motivated workforce which provides quality services and facilities to residents and visitors to the Shire. In 2012 Council received a National Award for Excellence in Local Government and in 2014 the Denmark Library was named Australia’s Favourite Rural Library.

Whilst most conditions of employment are covered in the Letter of Appointment and/or Employment Contract, all other governing matters fall within the Local Government Industry Award 2020, Shire of Denmark (Outside Workers) Agreement 2017, National Employment Standards and Council’s adopted Code of Conduct.

All or some of the following benefits may apply to your position at the Shire of Denmark:

Local Government Career

There are currently 138 Local Governments in Western Australia.  Whether it be a large organisation or a small team, a career in Local Government is an opportunity to make a real difference.

Work in a Shire with a magnificent coastline & natural attractions

Denmark has many beautiful natural attractions, which make it an idyllic place to both live and work.

Hours of Work

Varies depending on the position held, most office employees work Monday to Friday, minimum 152 hours per month.  Most ‘outside’ employees work Monday to Friday, from 6.00am to 4.00pm during the summer months and from 7.00am to 4.00pm during the winter months.

Rostered Day Off (RDO)

A RDO system is in place for eligible Shire employees. One day off per month for full-time Administration employees and one day off per fortnight for employees that work in the Works and Services division.

Up to 14.50% Superannuation (combined contribution)

As well as the required 9.50% superannuation contributions the Council is required to make on behalf of its employees, contributions made by the employee to the WA Local Government Superannuation Plan will be matched by Council up to a maximum of 5%.

Annual Leave - 17.5% Leave Loading

Four weeks annual leave after 12 months service. Leave Loading paid on annual leave taken for non-contract positions with the Council.

13 Weeks Long Service Leave

All permanent employees of the Council are entitled to 13 weeks long service leave after completing 10 continuous years’ service in Local Government.  Long service leave accruals are transferable between all local government authorities in Western Australia.

Two Days Extra Leave

All permanent employees of the Council are entitled to 20 days paid annual leave per annum as well as an additional two days public holiday for the day following the New Years’ day holiday and for Easter Tuesday.

Personal Leave

Personal/carer’s and bereavement leave is as per the National Employment Standards.

Employees Training and Development Opportunities

To maximise the potential and skills of its employees, Council is committed to supporting employees training and education and providing professional development opportunities to employees as appropriate and encourages Senior Employees attendance at State and National Association Conferences.

Probationary Period

A position may or may not be subject to a probationary period.

Study Leave and Funding

Study leave assistance may be extended at the discretion of the CEO.

Competitive Salary

A competitive salary will be offered relevant to the position level within the Council.

Salary Packaging

Salary packaging is available for permanent employees (package car and/or laptop).

Employee Incentive Scheme

Employees are able to participate in a reward scheme which enables employees to receive an amount not exceeding $200 in cases where they have put forward good suggestions which have been adopted and resulted in savings and improved efficiency to Council.

Annual Performance Reviews

All employees are entitled to an annual performance review. The reviews are linked to possible salary review and highlights training requirements for the relevant position.

Active Social Club

All Council employees (and their partners) can join our Social Club that organises various functions throughout the year.

Internal Promotion and Acting Opportunities

Council encourages all employees to fulfil acting positions where available and endeavours to promote existing employees when a vacancy arises.

Subsidised Corporate Uniform – Office Employees

All permanent employees are entitled to a subsidised allowance toward the Local Government uniform.  On commencement with the Shire, employees are entitled to a $400 allowance and $200 allowance each subsequent financial year thereafter.

Personal Protective Equipment – Works & Services employees

All necessary protective clothing and equipment is supplied by the Council to ensure your safety.

Smoke Free Working Environment

The Shire offices, Depot, Library, Recreation Centre, and all work places including vehicles are smoke-free working environments.

Health and Wellbeing Programme

Various programmes are regularly conducted for Shire employees such as Sun Screen checks and Full Health Assessments.  These programmes are free to employees.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Council’s Equal Employment Opportunity goals are designed to provide an enjoyable, involving, harmonious work environment for all employees where each has the opportunity to progress to the extent of their ability.

Job share and Part Time Opportunities

Council supports the principle of job sharing and part time employment, with various part time positions currently occupied within the Council.

Modern Office Facilities

The Denmark Shire Administration Office, Library, Recreation Centre, Works Depot Office and Youth Centre are all modern, spacious, air-conditioned buildings.

Kitchen Facilities

The Shire Administration Office has a modern kitchen/lunch room for employees use.  Other Shire work-sites have dedicated lunch room facilities.

Employee Corporate Functions (e.g. Farewell & Christmas Functions)

Council provides an annual Christmas Function for all Councillors, employees and their families as well as occasional other functions throughout the year.

Friendly Work Environment

A great team-oriented, friendly environment makes working with the Council an attractive employment option with great prospects / career advancement within the Shire and in the local government in general.

Work Experience Programme

The Council is dedicated to giving young people the opportunity to utilise the work experience programmes through their School, enabling them to work in their area of interest.


The Shire of Denmark is committed to promoting environmentally conscious development and to creating a more sustainable community.

The installation of an extensive photovoltaic roof panel system at the Shire Administration building and, along with a Clean Green Energy Vehicle Fleet Policy, clearly demonstrates the commitment the Council has undertaken to decrease its reliability on non-renewable energy sources.

The Council has a Sustainability Officer in the Planning & Sustainability Directorate to oversee environmentally sensitive development in the Shire.

Golf or Tennis at Lunchtime

The Shire Administration Office is right next door to the Denmark Country Club which has an 18 hole Golf Course and Tennis Courts.

Denmark Golf Course

Family Friendly Environment

The Shire Administration Office is a family friendly environment and recognises the importance of a working/family life balance.

Voluntary Employee Involvement in Community Events

Employees are able to be involved in various events which the Council organises and/or supports within the community.

Close to Schools and the Agricultural College

For those with school aged children, the Shire Administration Office is within close proximity to three choices of Primary Schools, the Senior High School (to year 12) and the Agricultural College (years 10 – 12).

40 Minutes to Albany CBD

An easy, scenic, forty minute drive to the City of Albany.

Employee Assistance Programme (free counselling)

Free counselling service available to all employees and their immediate family.

Free Parking

The Council has free on-site parking facilities for all employees.

For further information please contact the Human Resources Coordinator on telephone 9848 0300 or email