Conditions of employment

Come and work for an Employer of Choice

Awarded Employer of Choice in 2019 and 2021 in the Macleay Valley Business Awards, Kempsey Shire Council is committed to creating a workplace which attracts, retains and rewards motivated, skilled and talented people.

Some of the benefits working for Kempsey Shire Council include:

  • a 19-day month with a rostered day off (RDO)
  • flexible work options
  • the opportunity to purchase leave
  • corporate wellbeing programs, including seminars and a Fitness Passport
  • free annual influenza vaccination
  • salary packaging options
  • tax effective remote area benefits
  • ongoing professional development
  • above award pay rates
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Rewards and Recognition Program.

Advertised positions are available to applicants who are Australian citizens or residents.

Salary and conditions of employment

Kempsey Shire Council salary and conditions of employment are in accordance with the relevant industrial award. All full-time staff receive four weeks of annual leave and 15 days of sick leave each year. Work hours vary depending on the section you work in.

Payment of wages

Salary and wages are paid weekly into your preferred bank account.

Interview expenses

Unless extenuating circumstances apply, we do not pay for interview or relocation expenses.


Your appointment is subject to a three-month probation period. Your supervisor will conduct regular check-ins with you during this time. If your performance is satisfactory, you will receive a permanent position.

Vehicle usage

We have vehicles available for official work tasks. Staff using a Council vehicle must produce the relevant current driver's licence.

Staff development and training

Council is committed to ongoing staff development and training. We support and encourage employees to attend training and take part in study for approved courses.

Workplace health and safety

Council is committed to providing employees with a safe and healthy work environment. We have a range of workplace health and safety policies and procedures to make sure staff are not placed at risk while at work.

Employee Assistance Program

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides professional counselling and referral services. These fully confidential services are available for employees or their families who are going through personal or work-related problems. There is no cost to the employee for the first three sessions.

Code of Conduct

All our staff are required to follow our Code of Conduct, to act with honesty, integrity and diligence, and to use a high degree of care when carrying out their functions.

More information

To learn more about Kempsey Shire Council's operations and organisational structure, see How Council works.