Careers

Portable is a digital innovation and design company. We’ve been around since 2005 and have a national (and international) reputation for high-quality work. Based in Melbourne, Australia, we tirelessly nurture our workplace to be a platform for building careers, where you can do your best and enjoy doing it.

Job openings

At Portable we are working to create positive impact using a human-centred approach to find the best solutions. If you would like to join our team and contribute to making change in areas of social need and policy failure, take a look at our current job openings.

We provide support to all our people

Take care of yourself

Career and leadership training sessions throughout the year. Mental health support including free sessions with therapists, including for challenging work and topics. Frequent creative off-sites and social events.

Take care of your family

Flexible policy based on trust and respect for working at home (or at the library, or in a cafe...). Paid parental leave, part-time arrangements to allow for pick-ups, drop offs and sick children. Family-friendly social events.

Grow your career

Generous professional development allowance. Workshops and training. Weekly knowledge sharing hours. A public platform to share your expertise and knowledge on a topic. Dedicated days to personal learning and career development.

Making change together through shared values and behaviours

We are in it together

At Portable, we work as a team. We don't believe in hero efforts where individuals go off on their own. We believe good work happens when we collaborate well to achieve our goals. When we make a commitment to others, we stick to it. When things go wrong, we don't point fingers, but we take responsibility for our part. When we can't deliver on our commitments, we let our team know as early as possible. We get that sometimes people get stuck, and that's okay. We're brave enough to ask for help, and accept and encourage others to do the same. We speak honestly and build real relationships with each other. We do the work it takes to understand others and actively include their unique perspectives and differences. And throughout it all, we remember to let fun bubble up around the work

We care about doing good work

Good work means quality work, but also work that matters. At Portable, we care about and talk about what makes our work good from both perspectives. We think carefully about what good looks like and set clear expectations on what we set out to achieve. And we seek to understand and connect the good work we're doing to our purpose. We're proud of what we deliver. We never phone it in or tick the box. We get stuck in when there's work to be done, but recognise that sometimes doing good work consistently actually means stepping away for a while, and that's okay. And we don't "go rogue" when it comes to doing what we believe is good work. We respect the plan the team has created and if that plan needs to change, we agree on a new plan as a team.

We try new things

At Portable, we frequently share and test new ideas and processes, and we make space for everyone to contribute to that. There's usually a better way, and we're flexible enough to explore those possibilities. We're curious and creative and go wide for learning and inspiration. We experiment purposefully in order to find the right solution. We push ourselves to try new things, but at the same time, make it safe for ourselves and others to fail

We learn through feedback

Portable is a place to learn and grow. When things go well, we celebrate and build on the success, but when they don't, we make sure we take the time to reflect and learn. We learn from and utilise our teammates' strengths whilst supporting them to work on their weaknesses. We give respectful feedback that helps others learn and grow and we actively seek it from others to improve our work. When we receive feedback at Portable, we acknowledge it respectfully so that people feel safe to share feedback again.

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