Why work at Bridge Housing as opposed to somewhere else?
Because we offer you the opportunity to be engaged in work which makes a difference to people’s lives. 

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Bridge Housing is a mission and values driven not-for-profit community housing provider, committed to social inclusion and sustainable communities through the provision of affordable housing to people on low to moderate incomes. 

We offer an attractive range of work benefits to our employees which we call our Total Rewards Program. 

Bridge Housing’s Total Rewards Program goes beyond your salary. 

The Total Rewards Program consists of a combination of paid and other personal benefits that make a difference to your quality of life and employment with Bridge Housing i.e. why you choose to Stay, Say and Strive.  

Our Total Rewards Program is based on the belief that employee satisfaction = customer satisfaction = business success. 

We recognise that the ‘value’ you place on the different financial and non-financial benefits will differ with each individual, based on your stage of life and life circumstances. Also, what you value now is likely to change in the future. 

Short work week, full time pay 

  • Work 35 hours, get paid for 38. Bridge Housing employees enjoy a 7 hour work day or a 35 hour week. 

Above award salaries 

  • Staff are paid 10 percent above award rates in the relevant award: Social, Community, Home care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 
  • Staff salaries are reviewed every year in July 
  • National Minimum Wage Order increases are passed on to all staff every year 
  • Referral Bonus. If a position is filled by a person you refer, you will be rewarded $1,000 once the new employee has completed six months continuous service. 

Salary packaging 

  • Salary sacrifice up to $15,900 from your pre-tax salary which significantly increases your take home pay 
  • Additional benefits to salary sacrifice meals, holiday accommodation and venue bookings 
  • Employees can salary sacrifice additional superannuation 
  • Options for novated leasing of your car  
  • Packaged mobile devices including phones and laptops from pre-tax salary when used for work purposes 
  • On top of all that, Bridge Housing will pay the administration fee to our salary packaging provider to manage all this for you, saving you over $220 per year.

Leave 

  • Staff receive additional leave for any working day between Christmas Day and New Years Day 
  • Birthday Leave - Have a whole day off on us on your birthday 
  • Flexi time 
  • Study Leave - Take 2 days leave for each approved subject you are studying and are a full-time staff member 
  • Take your Long Service Leave pro- rated after just 5 years, as opposed to the standard 10 years
  • Up to 12 weeks paid Parental Leave and 3 weeks paid partner leave at the time of birth for non- primary care givers. Double the time off and take it at half pay
  • 1 day volunteer’s leave per year
  • Take your Annual Leave and Personal Leave as 1⁄2 days to help manage your personal responsibilities
  • Up to 5 days leave in advance. Apply for up to 5 annual leave days before it is accrued. Provision to apply for leave without pay and other flexible working arrangements 
  • Up to 10 days domestic violence leave per year 
  • Three days of Cultural Leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employees. 

Professional development 

  • 50 percent reimbursement of study fees for approved applicants 
  • Annual training budget equivalent to $1,000 per employee 
  • Separate budget for seminars, conferences, professional subscriptions and memberships 
  • Individual annual performance and development planning 
  • Opportunity to participate in projects, opportunities for secondments and higher duties 
  • Individual career development planning
  • Access to a wide range of professional development resources, including e learning, publications and webinars
  • Annual training calendar
  • Sponsored AHI mentoring program.

Staff lifestyle discounts 

  • 25% discounted car and home insurance option through our salary packaging provider Maxxia 
  • 7% discount on private health insurance through Hesta Superannuation Fund’s Private Health Provider (SMHP) 
  • Life insurance and income protection insurance from only $3 per week through Hesta Superannuation Fund 
  • Welcome gift to new starters. 

Work/life balance 

  • Confidential counselling through Employee Assistance Program for you and your immediate family through Accacia Connection
  • Best practice Flexible Work Policy to help you manage your family responsibilities and other personal obligations such as study 
  • Monthly massage and reflexology
  • Annual company sponsored flu and hepatitis B shots 
  • Weekly fresh fruit delivered to work
  • Corporate discount at local gyms 
  • Sponsored charity fun runs and group training
  • Subsidised quit smoking program 
  • Healthy eating and mental health workshops 
  • Opportunity to participate in monthly reflective groups. 

Team building 

  • Bridge Housing employees value their relationships with each other and work together to ensure great outcomes for our tenants. This is why we invest in team building and other events to celebrate our success. These include: 
  • Team building/volunteer days. Quarterly all staff meetings 
  • Monthly recognition of birthdays, anniversaries and other special events 
  • Monthly peer nominated thank you awards 
  • Annual staff Christmas party event 
  • Annual recognition and award program. 

Further information 

Of course all of our benefits and rewards have policies and terms associated with them.

Bridge Housing is committed to adding other rewards and benefits to our suite and will survey and engage with our staff from time to time to find out what will inspire you to Stay, Say and Strive at Bridge Housing.  

What do staff say?

“Bridge Housing provides a great Professional Development Program that includes an annual training calendar and a number of opportunities to participate in projects and committees. As part of this program I have been involved in the White Ribbon committee and Bridge Housing secured accreditation in September 2017.” 

SageCroppedSage Lukacs, Housing Manager 

“I love the TRP at Bridge Housing, I have joined the gym thanks to the discount that staff receive as part of the Health and Wellbeing Program. The monthly massages are really popular and I look forward to them.” 

Ariana Vumbaca, Administrator, Rent Review 

“Thanks to Bridge Housing generous study benefit I am able to complete a Certificate 4 in Community Housing. I also love the extra time that I get off to study.” 

Sarah Barclay, Manager Sustainable Communities 

“The wellbeing program offered by Bridge Housing is great. The opportunity to attend nutrition and healthy eating seminars is fantastic and contributes to the overall positive vibe here at Bridge!” 

Effie Warren, Leasehold Manager 

“Salary packaging through Maxxia has allowed me to lease my car and make great savings.” 

Joseph Vernez, Compliance Officer