As Australia's Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) pursues national economic policy objectives and undertakes a range of associated activities in financial markets and banking. It also issues Australia’s banknotes and operates infrastructure critical to the payments system. All staff at the RBA have an important role to play in achieving these objectives, whether directly or in a supporting function.
The Bank’s core values - promotion of the public interest, integrity, excellence, intelligent inquiry and respect - guide everything it does. Bank staff have a genuine interest in promoting the wellbeing of all Australians. They are also committed to diversity and inclusion. The Bank aims to ensure that all staff are treated with dignity and respect, and experience equal opportunity throughout their careers.
The Bank offers a range of opportunities from senior management positions and experienced professional roles through to entry level positions, including traineeships, vacation work programs and roles for graduates.
The organisation embraces lifelong learning and understands that professional qualifications, accreditations and postgraduate study contribute to a fulfilling career. Employees at any level can apply for support towards career-relevant professional memberships and study, with additional leave and financial assistance provided.
Work-life balance is important to the RBA, and it understands the contribution that staff wellbeing makes to performance. Employees across the Bank’s operations are rewarded with access to flexible work arrangements, as well as health and well-being programs.
Information Technology (IT) anchors the RBA’s strategic responsibilities, and is the core provider of technology services and support to the organisation. At a recent Gartner Symposium, the Bank’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Sarv Girn, spoke about IT’s accountability for “delivering a very large portfolio of projects related to national infrastructure in the financial system, while at the same time maintaining existing services”. Sarv noted, “we need to drive policy and innovation imperatives relating to banknotes, banking, markets and payments. We are an institution that represents the public interest, and so sound risk management, value for money, efficiency and effectiveness guide our fit-for-purpose approach. We set our sights on a vision and transformational agenda that inspire the technology team towards excellence and being one of the leading IT teams in the central banking community.”
The RBA’s IT people are passionate about gender diversity and participate in the Bank’s diversity and inclusion Employee Resource Groups. In addition, some years ago the RBA’s IT department created an internal ‘Women in Technology’ (WIT) community to recognise, empower and promote women in technology. It does this by providing opportunities for its members to share experiences and ideas in a supportive setting and offering training focused on career development.
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