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 happy hours.

Take care of your family

Flexible policy based on trust and respect for working at home (or at the library, or in a cafe...). 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

Purposeful

The work we do, and choose not to do, says a lot about who we are. We work with clients that share our values, seek out projects that help people, host free events to have the conversations nobody else is having, and conduct our own research and development into some of society's biggest challenges.

People-centred

Everything we do involves talking to real people early and often. We aim to get people in the room to talk about their expertise — whether it's technical knowledge or a recent personal experience. We bring user personas into the design process, test with real people, and fight for user needs over business needs.

Always making

Portable's history has involved building film festivals, ecommerce engines, physical products and digital services. We go beyond the report. When the next step is unclear, or we can't quite get funding yet, we keep chipping away. Making stuff provokes conversations, builds the capabilities of our team, and helps create a future we want to see.

Optimistic

Today's biggest challenges are in systems where darkness is prevalent. But in areas like justice, mental health, aged care and death, we choose to see the bright patches. Rather than be blind to reality, we are optimistic that a human-centred approach can make a difference in areas that need social and policy engagement.

Measurable impact

How do we know we are making a difference? We measure our performance as a company and as individuals. And we work with our partners to benchmark and establish metrics — meaningful ones, not vanity stats — by which we can articulate the impact of the things we design and build.

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