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Working at the Baker Institute offers flexibility, professional development, and the opportunity to contribute to a research centre of world renown. Benefits include generous salary packaging, an employee assistance program, and an active social club. Plus, modern offices and laboratories adjacent to the Alfred Hospital and walking distance to St Kilda Road, Chapel Street, and Fawkner Park.

Salary packaging

 As a not-for-profit organisation, we offer eligible employees access to a competitive salary packaging scheme, which can increase their take home pay. This is administered through Go Salary Packaging.

Flexible working

 We offer a flexible work environment, which aims to support our staff and teams to work as effectively as possible. This includes the ability to negotiate flexible work hours and remote working, as appropriate to different roles.

Parental leave

 The Institute offers 16 weeks of paid parental leave for eligible employees who are primary care givers, and superannuation is paid during this time. We also provide three weeks of paid partner leave, which can be used within 12 months of the birth or placement of a child.

Health and wellbeing

 We recognise that a healthy working environment has a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of our team. Our health and wellbeing activities are managed by a dedicated Health and Wellbeing Committee, championed by leadership and supported by our HR and OHS teams.

Initiatives include:

  • Annual flu vaccinations.
  • Sit-stand desks.
  • Active travel facilities — including secure bike storage, lockers and shower facilities.
  • Regular health and wellbeing seminars.
  • Discounted onsite gym membership.
  • Healthy eating policy.
  • Smoke-free workplace.
  • Staff social club.
  • Health initiatives through our Alfred Research Alliance partners.
Employee Assistance Program

Every member of our Institute, as well as their immediate family members, has access to a free professional short-term counselling service, called an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It is designed to support people to deal with problems that may be impacting them or their family.

The EAP also has a 'Manager Assist' component to help managers and supervisors dealing with difficult or complex people issues.

This service is funded by the Baker Institute but remains a voluntary program run by a fully independent counselling agency, Benestar, to ensure confidentiality and the highest levels of professional service.

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