Working with us

We employ over 600 employees in a diverse range of roles across our six program/service areas as well as organisational support, to help us carry out our mission of enriching the lives of people in our community in life-changing ways.

Our employees work for us because they are proud of the difference they are making in the Canberra community, and enjoy the range of benefits available to them as an employee of Communities@Work.

Benefits of working with us

  • Make a difference in the Canberra community and change lives
  • Join an inclusive and friendly workplace
  • Grow your career with professional development, training and mentoring (including formal training with our registered training organisation, individualised professional development plans etc)
  • Save with not-for-profit tax benefits including salary packaging, meal & entertainment cards etc.
  • Access discounted child care and education services for your child(ren) including early education and care centres, out of school hours care, and school holiday programs
  • Take time off when you need it with options for study leave, leave concessions etc
  • Enjoy healthy living with our active lifestyle & healthy activity programs and reimbursements (including remedial massages, annual flu vaccination etc)
  • Receive guidance and support for mental health through our Employee Assistance Program

Careers in Education and Care

Our Education and Care jobs include working in our Child Care and Education Centres (Early Childhood Education & Care), Out of School Hours Care Services (Before and After School Care, School Holiday Programs), Family Day Care and In-Home Care. 

As the largest provider of children’s services in Canberra, Communities@Work is committed to addressing the ongoing workforce shortages in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. We are motivated to invest in the sector, in high-quality educators who deliver high-quality early childhood education and care to make a significant and lasting impact on children throughout their lives.

Part of this involves not only recruiting qualified educators but also finding people that are passionately wanting to work with children. Under traineeships and programs like our Ascend Program delivered by our own Registered Training Organisation (RTO 88148 – The Centre of Professional Learning and Education), we train them and give them the best education possible so that they deliver the best quality education to children in the ACT.

Approved applicants can also begin their Early Childhood Education career in service, before beginning their qualification journey with Communities@Work’s Registered Training Organisation. Educators are required to be actively engaged in working towards their qualification within three months of beginning work. Find out more here.


Different employees across communities@work’s children’s services share their experiences of working with us (and tell us what they think are the perks)!


Pathways to a Career in Children’s Services


Careers in Community Services

As the largest not-for-profit community organisation in Canberra, Communities@Work is passionate about supporting our community.

We provide essential community support such as food, clothing and accommodation to vulnerable and disadvantaged people, through our community pantries, clothing program, op shop, transitional housing sites, and community centres.

We provide community transport, support coordination and social, recreational and skill development programs for seniors and people living with disability.  

We run a registered, independent special assistance school, Galilee School, for disengaged and vulnerable young people in Years 7-12 who have yet to succeed in mainstream schooling.

We work with people on the ground to develop more connected communities as part of our community development program. 

Across these areas, there are multiple opportunities for people to join us in the social impact we create in the Canberra community. We continually seek to implement new and innovative ways to support our staff and improve the workplace. We offer ongoing professional development, mentoring, support and opportunities for growth. Our inclusive and friendly workplaces enable employees to be at their best.

Hear it from an employee who worked with us for 23 years


Brooke Unger was employed with Communities@Work for 23 years, helping to support the most vulnerable people in the Canberra community, working in our Support Services (Social Programs). 

Hear it from our employees in Disability Services


Our Disability team sheds light on the Life Skills Educator position and discusses the environment they work in to deliver centre-based day programs to clients living with disability. 

Building a rewarding career through training at Communities@Work


Communities@Work is committed to becoming a centre of excellence with a priority on providing flexible learning opportunities to support the professional development of our employees and promote their career pathways.

Thanking Children’s Services and Organisational Support Employees


On Tuesday 28 July 2020, Communities@Work formally expressed its gratitude and appreciation to its educators in the early childhood education and care (child care) sector – and all employees in organisational support – for their commitment and professionalism in providing quality education and care for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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