DescriptionThis video has been issued by the State Revenue Office Victoria, and contains information about working at the SRO from the viewpoint of a current staff member.
Located in Melbourne and Ballarat, the State Revenue Office gives talented people the opportunity to develop their careers in an environment that's diverse, stimulating and rewarding.
In fact the combination of interesting jobs, personal development, a balanced lifestyle,corporate social responsibility and promising career opportunities mean people choose to work at the State Revenue Office.
When the opportunity came up to move from the Melbourne office to the Ballarat office and to work in the IT Branch, I jumped at the chance, being a country-boy at heart. To realise my dream of having a small property with room to move for our kids, was very exciting. Our purchase of some acreage just a few km's south of the Ballarat office was a bit daunting at first for my wife Maria, but she has settled into the lifestyle so well that I have now assumed the title of the Famer's Husband! We do enjoy a fantastic lifestyle I've only got a six minute drive to the office where I manage a variety of interesting and often challenging projects as an IT Project Manager. Working at the State Revenue Office combined with being so close to home gives me the opportunity to spend time as a hobby farmer and to be more available as both a husband and father. For example, it's great to have the opportunity to get home early, pick the kids up from school, spend some quality time with them and get fully involved in their sport. We really couldn't be happier. The SRO has provided us with the balanced lifestyle I was looking for.
When I started working at the State Revenue Office I had already commenced my law degree. The SRO gave me the opportunity to finish my studies on a part-time basis. While essentially working full-time. I've had the opportunity to work in a number of diverse and interesting roles in the office and upon completing my degree I secured a position as a solicitor in our Legal Services Branch. My husband and I became parents of a beautiful girl a few years ago and I was able to take maternity leave to be a full-time mum to my daughter in those important early stages of her life. I have since returned to the office and now work part-time which gives me the best of both worlds. It is important to me that I can be there for my daughter as much as possible and to be able to do stimulating and interesting work at the SRO a couple of days a week as well. Puts both my family and I in a really great position. The SRO has enabled me to have a truly balanced lifestyle.
The role of the State Revenue Office is to collect taxes and duties and administer functions such as the First Home Owner Grant, so that the government can actually collect enough revenue to fund the things that Victorians need, like hospitals, transport, police, nurses and so on. So we don't look at ourselves as largely being tax collectors, but more as contributing to the benefit of the state overall. We employ a range of people at the SRO, people like lawyers, accountants, people with HR qualifications, people with IT qualifications and we are always looking for people who are the right fit for the organisation that really want to contribute to the State of Victoria. I think the SRO is a great place to work, we really do try to make sure that we take into account peoples individual needs, we try to accomodate peoples work/life balance and we also take into account their training requirements and career desires.
So that when people come to work at the SRO they enjoy themselves, and really develop while contributing to Victoria's future.