Department of Human Services


Why work at DHS?

The Department of Human Services (DHS), is one of South Australia's most diverse Government departments. It brings together a range of services, funding and policy responsibilities which together support our vision: Fairness, opportunity and choice for all South Australians. Working for DHS is a hugely rewarding experience in whatever role you choose.

We think happy people are productive people. That is why we are serious about our commitment to providing a friendly yet professional environment for our staff. Our culture is dynamic, outcome-focused, team-orientated and highly successful. We welcome a mix of employees from diverse backgrounds with a range of skills and experience to contribute to our organisation.

You will be part of a group of skilled and dedicated professionals who work daily to provide support and services to people across South Australia.

We value our workforce and we offer our staff a wide variety of career prospects, encourage a healthy work-life balance, as well as promotional opportunities and excellent conditions of employment.

What you can expect when you work with us:

Equity and diversity in employment

DHS is an equal opportunity employer where selection is based on merit regardless of race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or age.

We are committed to providing our culturally diverse workforce with a supportive network, where individual differences and perspectives are highly valued and embraced.

We are committed to increasing the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at all levels within the public sector. We also strive to increase the number of people with disability employed within government services. If you are interested in employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples or people with disability please visit the Aboriginal employment page or  disability employment page respectively.

Flexibility at work

Working in a flexible environment can help meet your personal or family needs.

DHS is committed to a flexible, family friendly, workplace where all employees have a successful work-life balance. Flexibility means more than choosing between a full time or part time contract, or the ability to accrue flexi-time. It could also include working from home, working compressed hours, or job sharing.

Part-time and work from home arrangements

Emily wanted to work part-time because of her parental and carer responsibilities.

The nature of Emily’s work allows her to work 0.6. Emily works in the office two days a week, and from home one day a week via a secure home access system.  An annual review of this flexible workplace arrangement ensures that both Emily and DHS are supported.

Emily: “Being the mother of three young children, one with a physical disability, I found it difficult to balance my career and the needs of my children.

My part-time and work-from-home arrangement means I can progress my career and add value at work. Importantly, I can still meet the needs of my children. My flexible work arrangement also allows me to be involved in the care and rehabilitation needs of my son, volunteer at my children’s school and ensure my children can participate in extracurricular activities.”


Trudi works part time and participates in a job-sharing arrangement to meet her family commitments.

Trudi: ”I have worked part-time for a number of years to accommodate raising my family.  My husband travels with work, so having the flexibility to work part-time has allowed me to manage family commitments.

Job sharing has helped me find the balance of work and family life. I believe a good job sharing relationship is developed through open communication and a similar work ethic.”

Purchased Leave

Michael took advantage of Purchased Leave in order to devote more time to his family during a difficult period.

Michael: “My partner’s health deteriorated  around five years ago. Her medical condition meant numerous medical appointments and operations, with a final (and successful) operation in 2016. With one daughter in child care, and later primary school, various forms of available leave dwindled. Plus, in 2015 my partner’s mother required emergency surgery and a move from a retirement village to residential aged care.

Being able to purchase leave when I need to over the last five years gave me the buffer that was vital for the health and wellbeing of my family, and me! We’re very grateful.”

If you choose to return to work gradually after welcoming a child into the family, DHS will support your transition back to work with paid maternity and adoption leave or paid partner’s leave.

Wellbeing program

DHS offers a health and wellbeing program designed to encourage a more positive state of physical, mental and social wellbeing amongst employees including:

  • fitness and exercise programs – such as Pilates and Corporate Cup
  • Employee Assistance Program - free and confidential counselling services for employees and their immediate family
  • flu vaccinations.

Learning and professional development

DHS is focused on creating flexible career pathways for employees to assist them to deliver the best possible service to all clients and communities. Our culture of learning is underpinned by our innovative Stanton Institute. Our learning approach recognises existing skills and builds on current competencies. Your learning journey will continue in the workplace as your career develops.

You will be supported with:

  • performance and career development
  • new employee induction
  • education assistance
  • traineeship and graduate program
  • coaching and mentoring
  • individual learning plans.


New employees will automatically become eligible for employer contributions in the Triple S Scheme administered through Super SA. The employer contribution is currently 9.5%. As an employee you are also entitled to make personal contributions to your fund. For more information log on to the Super SA website or call 1300 369 315. Salary sacrificing arrangements are also available.

Page last updated : 24 Jun 2021

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