Conditions of Employment

Housing NSW offers very attractive employment conditions to its staff.

Working Hours

Normal working hours for Housing staff are an average of 35 hours a week, with the opportunity for at least one day off per month.

Leave Options

Housing NSW offers generous leave conditions including:

  • Recreation leave – 4 weeks per year
  • Sick leave – 15 working days paid per year
  • Study leave
  • Maternity leave - 14 weeks paid
  • Personal/carers leave
  • Family and Community Services leave – 5 days in any 2-year period
  • Adoption leave – 14 weeks paid for primary carer

Rates of Pay

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Flexible Work Practices

Housing NSW is committed to the development of management practices that facilitate flexibility in employment arrangements and which recognise both women's and men's lifestyles and family responsibilities. The options available currently are:

Part Time Work

Part-time work involves working less than the full-time hours for the job. This could be a permanent or temporary arrangement with paid or unpaid leave for the balance of full-time hours for the classification. Part-time work allows Housing NSW service delivery to customers. It also offers greater flexibility for employees in combining their work and family responsibilities.

Job Sharing

Job sharing is a voluntary arrangement whereby one job is shared between part-time employees. Job sharing allows managers to implement a greater variety of employment options and provides flexibility for employees to choose preferred work patterns.

Career Break Scheme

Employees can take up to three years’ leave without pay to undertake full-time study, child care or dependent care and then return to a job at the same level but not necessarily to the same location. Such leave may be in addition to or combined with maternity and parental leave.

Part Year Employment

Employees, by agreement with Housing NSW, may take a number of week’s unpaid leave in addition to their annual entitlement to recreation leave. Salary is paid for weeks worked and for recreation leave accrued and the remaining weeks are unpaid. Employees may be better able to co-ordinate work and other responsibilities e.g. by taking leave during school vacation periods.

Variable Year Employment

By agreement with Housing NSW, employees may elect to take a year of unpaid leave after working for a pre-arranged period (minimum one year). Salary is paid for the year(s) worked and recreation leave accrued. The remaining year is unpaid.

Working From Home

Working from home is a special arrangement whereby an employee, with the approval of Housing NSW, carries out specified duties at their place of residence. The duration of such an arrangement is not to exceed two consecutive days and is subject to mutual agreement between the employee and Housing NSW in accordance to the specific policy.

Varying Flexible Hours

The pattern of hours worked may be re-arranged by agreement between the employee and Housing NSW (but within the prescribed limits under the proposed Enterprise Instrument i.e. 7am - 7pm) in order to accommodate family and community responsibilities e.g. providing before or after school care for the employee’s children.

Short Term Absences For Family And Community Service Responsibilities

The need to be absent from work to meet family and community responsibilities may be for part of a day, for a day or for a number of days. Flexible arrangements of working hours and a range of leave provisions, either separately or in combination, may be used.


Flexible work arrangements are available to permanent employees. Temporary employees are able to seek Family and Community Service Leave, Personal Carer’s Leave, varying hours of work and, if appropriate, working from home. These arrangements do not apply to officers within the Chief or Senior Executive Services.

Salary Sacrifice for Superannuation

Housing NSW offers employees the opportunity to make salary sacrifice contributions of up to 30 per cent of their salaries to their superannuation funds in pre-tax dollars. Salary sacrifice for superannuation offers taxation benefits as it can reduce PAYE tax and superannuation contributions are taxed at a lower rate than the marginal tax rate. This does not apply to Senior Executive Staff who may have individually negotiated salary sacrifice arrangements.


The Housing NSW Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to provide totally independent and professional counselling and assistance to help you deal with work life issues. Services are available for employees, managers, their immediate families and significant others. It is free and confidential.

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