We are keen to ensure our staff and students are not only a part of a dynamic research organisation, but also enjoy a great working environment.

Inclusive, safe and positive workplace

We are committed to providing an inclusive, safe and positive workplace for all staff and students. We aim to develop a vibrant organisational culture underpinned by our core values:

  • Contribution to society
  • Integrity and respect
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Creativity
  • Pursuit of excellence

WEHI has a range of activities and policies to help create and foster a positive workplace, including the Appropriate Workplace Behaviour policy, which is in place to manage inappropriate conduct such as harassment, discrimination and bullying.

Developing your skills

Learning and development assist our staff and students to build their career options, as well as provide interesting and satisfying work.

We deliver opportunities through internal seminars, conference attendance, leadership and management workshops.

You are also encouraged to participate in fields outside your normal working endeavours. We have a number of internships available, from business development to communications and fundraising.

Salary packaging

Staff can take up to $15,900 of their annual salary as a tax-free benefit, providing a higher take home pay. Further tax savings can be made by salary packaging meals and entertainment, accommodation and venue hire.

After a qualifying period staff are eligible to make additional superannuation contributions which the institute will match up to a total of 17%.

Women in science

WEHI is committed to maximising opportunities for women in science. A number of initiatives are in place to address the barriers to career advancement for women researchers.

In July 2018 the institute opened the Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre: FROEBEL Parkville on the forecourt of the Parkville campus. The centre helps our staff and students to access childcare which is one of the most significant barriers to ongoing career advancement for our workforce.

Flexible work

At WEHI, we want to support our staff and students to better integrate their work and personal commitments so that they can thrive both at work and home. We want to see our people connected, empowered, supported and productive.

Family-friendly meeting times

Meetings are scheduled to begin after 9:30am and conclude prior to 4:30pm. This scheduling allows staff with family responsibilities to attend while still able to attend to personal commitments.

Parental leave

Primary carers can access 14 weeks paid parental leave, and secondary carers can access four weeks paid parental leave. WEHI offers a range of support for parents returning to the workplace.

The full details of the institute’s support for new parents can be found in the institute’s Parental Leave policy.

Institute life

Secure bike, shower and locker facilities are available to staff and students wanting to cycle, run or walk to work. WEHI also provides morning and afternoon tea.

There are plenty of opportunities within the institute to socialise with like-minded colleagues and contribute to the institute through our various social clubs, groups and associations. All staff and students are encouraged to become involved in institute life beyond their set roles and responsibilities.

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