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With a year-round outdoor lifestyle, spectacular scenery and supportive community, Port Hedland is a unique place to call home.

Port Hedland is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, a region renowned for rich Aboriginal culture, vast mineral deposits and world-renowned landscapes.

In an organisation which values autonomy and innovative thinking, you will be empowered to make a difference and find purpose in your work.

We value a work life balance and the contributions of every team member. From accountancy to community development, we have a diverse range of roles available to further your career with Local Government.

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Director Positions

Director Community Services - Town of Port Hedland

Director Regulatory Services - Town of Port Hedland

Vision and Values

Our vision is that together we create a thriving, resilient and inclusive future for our diverse community.  

Unity: We Work as one team and actively share our ideas and information across the organisation.

Quality: We strive for excellence and take price in everything we do. We challenge our thinking and look beyond the obvious.

Integrity: We are honest and ethical in everything we do, fostering transparency and promoting public trust and continued confidence.

Employee Benefits

The Town of Port Hedland is proud to offer a variety of benefits for employees to meet their professional aspirations. We also pride ourselves on supporting a work-life balance and offering a family friendly lifestyle.  

Depending on your position, your benefits can include:

Salary benefits 

  • Employer superannuation 11%, with optional co-contribution of 3% each from employer and employee (to total of 17%)
  • Remote area benefits salary packaging and novated leasing options
  • Yearly uniform allowance

Leave Benefits 

  • 5-6 weeks annual leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • 6 ½ weeks pro rata access to long service leave after 5 years with the Town of Port Hedland
  • 13 weeks Long Service Leave at 10 years
  • 5 days leave per year for travel to medical appointments outside of Hedland
  • 5 days cultural leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
  • Paid parental leave of 14 weeks
  • Community services and volunteer leave

Lifestyle support

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Relocation assistance for identified positions
  • Housing and utilities assistance for identified positions
  • Free membership to the Town’s leisure facilities
  • Social club
  • Priority placement for childcare

Career Progression & training

  • On the job training and mentoring
  • Secondment and acting opportunities
  • Opportunities to attend short courses, seminars, workshops
  • Support with formal education
  • Study assistance program
  • Access to Study Leave

Health and wellbeing

  • Employee assistance program
  • Annual flu vaccines
  • Corporate massages
  • Skin screening

    Ready to apply? 

    How to apply

    Your application should include the following

    • Cover Letter: outlining your skills and experience for the role you are interested in (max of 2 pages)
    • Resume: include your personal details (e.g. name, address, telephone number and email), relevant work history, education, training courses attended qualifications and professional memberships.

    Selection Process

    In additional to receiving your written application, you may progress through the selection process which may include;

    • Informal telephone conversation
    • Formal interview with selection panel
    • Skills or other testing relevant to role
    • Reference checking
    • Medical screening and pre-employment checks relevant to role

    All of these elements are considered throughout the selection process, to determine the most suitable candidate for the role.

    Throughout this process, if you are unsuccessful and seeking feedback, please reach out to the Talent Acquisition team. 

    Current vacancies

    Click here to see our current vacancies.

    Our achievements

    The 2022-23 year saw the Town and its work recognised in a range of State and National awards:

    2022 WA Coastal Awards for Excellence – WA Government – Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

    Coastal Management and Adaptation Award

    This award recognised the comprehensive planning and level of integration of infrastructure response to coastal hazards in Port Hedland. This includes the comprehensive Townsite CHRMAP, Coastal Foreshore Management Plan, Local Planning Scheme provisions and Coastal Planning Policy Framework, and construction of three sea walls. The Town leveraged critical partnership funding through WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Department of Transport, BHP and Federal Government to deliver the projects.

    2022 WorkSafe Plan Gold Certificate of Achievement

    WorkSafe encourages best practice by presenting WorkSafe Plan Certificates of Achievement to organisations that have undertaken an independent assessment and have achieved high ratings in each element of the WorkSafe Plan.

    Gold Certificates are for organisations demonstrating good progress towards a best practice approach to safety and health management.

    2023 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Awards – Coastal Foreshore Management Plan – 2 Awards

    Award for Excellence – Land Management

    Regional Achievement Award

    The Coastal Foreshore Management Plan responds to significant environmental and anthropogenic pressures. This blueprint for the future use of the coastal reserve sets out acceptable uses and specific management actions to provide a climate-resilient place. Port Hedland Townsite CHRMAP data underpins scientific analysis coupled with social, cultural, and environmental engagements woven into the management plan to define the community values, management actions and economic frameworks needed to restore and protect this important landscape.

    2023 Parks and Leisure Australia Award – South Hedland Youth Placemaking Program

    Best Regional/Rural Industry Contribution Award

    South Hedland placemaking program represents an authentic collaboration between young people in South Hedland, the Town of Port Hedland, RAC and Town Team Movement. Young people were the key decision makers and the project outcomes have created a sense of pride, ownership and confidence towards youth capabilities for contributing to the positive development of civic spaces.

    2023 Master Builders WA Kimberley-Pilbara Building Awards – South Hedland Skatepark shade structure

    Best Civil Engineering Works $5M - $10M

    Construction on a Challenging Site

    The South Hedland Skatepark was without shade for many years making it unusable in the summer months due to Port Hedland’s hot, arid climate. The Town invested in constructing a shade structure over the park, which made what is believed to be the world’s largest shaded skatepark. But rather than just erect a shade structure, the Town went above and beyond by constructing a state-of-the-art structure incorporating audio-visual functionality.

    2023 AUSactive Awards

    Most Inclusive and Diverse Program of the Year - Senior Adults Living Triumphantly (SALT)

    The Town of Port Hedland has been proudly running SALT since 2020 after successfully applying for the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Targeted Participation Program grant fund. SALT is a FREE seniors well-being program for Hedland residents aged 50 and over, aiming to improve their health, quality of life and fitness. SALT is unique for our Town and state - offering a program that is personalised, accessible and inclusive.

    2023 Leisure Institute of WA/Aquatic Recreation Industry

    Community Impact Award - Hedland Splash – (Summer Free Entry Program)

    Starting in the September school holidays and ending with the April school holidays, Port Hedland Leisure provided free pool access to children under 12 years of age to Port Hedland’s two aquatic Centres, the South Hedland Aquatic Centre and Gratwick Aquatic Centre.

    The Hedland Splash aims to promote healthy habits, improve physical and mental health outcomes, provide increased access to community facilities, reduce youth based anti-social behavior and help to foster a sense of community and socialisation by providing a shared activity that brings Port Hedland together. In addition, Hedland Spalsh helped to improve water safety skills and reduce the risk of drowning, particularly for children and families who may not have had the opportunity to learn these important skills.

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    Contact us

    For more information, please contact: 

    T: (08) 9158 9300