We understand how daunting graduate recruitment processes can be so we have tried to make it as comfortable and personable as possible. At the end of the day, we want you to perform your best so we get to see your full potential.
Stage One: Application (26 February-5 April 2018)
Tell us about yourself
Complete a one page pitch outlining your skills and experience and why you should be considered for a graduate role with the Department of Employment. In your one page pitch you should include your ability to demonstrate communication, teamwork and problem solving skills. You should also include why you want to work for the Department of Employment and how you believe you can make a contribution.
Where possible include specific examples of your work experience that relate to the job using the STAR method:
What was the situation
|Task||What tasks were involved in that situation|
|Action||What actions did you take|
|Results||What were the results of those actions|
Stage Two: Interview and Written Activity (June 2018)
Now we want to meet you…
Candidates rated suitable at the application stage will be invited to participate in an interview and written activity in their home state.
If you are successful, you will receive an email advising you of the dates we will be in your home state and a link to register yourself into an allocated time slot.
You will also need to have two referees complete written referee reports and bring those to the interview. The referee report templates will be included in the email.
Stage Three: Offers (July 2018)
WOW! That was quick… its already time to make offers! (July 2018)
If you’re successful at gaining a position on the Department of Employment Graduate Program for 2019 you will receive a phone call from one of the Graduate Program Team members. We will offer you your actual placement so you will know exactly where you will be working on day one and you will also receive a phone call from your team to discuss the work you will be doing before you have to formally accept the offer.
The placement we offer you will be your first rotation placement and in most cases, will be your final placement after you complete the program. You will have an opportunity to expand on your skills in rotation two.
To be a part of the Department of Employment Graduate Program you must meet the following criteria by the program commencement date of 30 January 2019:
- be an Australian citizen
- have completed a minimum of an undergraduate degree
- provide evidence of your qualifications
- undergo identification, health and security checks.
If you are an Australian citizen and you gained your qualification at an overseas institution, you can still apply for the Department of Employment Graduate Program. However, you will need to get your qualification recognised in Australia before you apply. For information about recognition of an international qualification, contact Australian Education International (AEI).
We actively encourage applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Recruitability and workplace adjustments
The Department of Employment is committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability. Our participation in the APS RecruitAbility scheme means we will progress an applicant with disability to a further stage in the recruitment process, where they opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements for the position.
How do I opt into the RecruitAbility scheme?
You will be asked to indicate if you wish to opt into the RecruitAbility scheme in the Diversity section of the application form. You must tick the ‘opt in’ box to participate in the scheme. Simply declaring that you have a disability will not automatically include you in the scheme.
What stage of the process will I progress to?
Applicants that opt into the RecruitAbility scheme will be progressed to the interview and written activity stage of the recruitment process, providing they meet the application citizenship and degree requirements.
We provide workplace adjustments such as access, equipment or other practical support at relevant stages of the recruitment process. Please ask us if you need any adjustments made.
Employment Graduate Team
(02) 6240 8855
Details about the RecruitAbility scheme can be found at the Australian Public Service Commission’s website.
What do we mean by disability?
For the purposes of the scheme, 'disability' is:
a limitation, restriction or impairment, which has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months and restricts everyday activities. This includes:
- loss of sight (not corrected by glasses or contact lenses)
- loss of hearing where communication is restricted, or, an aid to assist with or substitute for hearing is used
- speech difficulties
- shortness of breath or breathing difficulties causing restriction
- chronic or recurrent pain or discomfort causing restriction
- blackouts, fits, or loss of consciousness
- difficulty learning or understanding
- incomplete use of arms or fingers
- difficulty gripping or holding things
- incomplete use of feet or legs
- nervous or emotional condition causing restriction
- restriction in physical activities or in doing physical work
- disfigurement or deformity
- mental illness or condition requiring help or supervision
- long-term effects of head injury, stroke or other brain damage causing restriction
- receiving treatment or medication for any other long-term conditions or ailments and still restricted
- any other long-term conditions resulting in a restriction.
The two parts of the definition are the presence of a limitation, restriction or impairment which restricts everyday activities; and the expected longevity of the condition (six months or more). This also includes episodic conditions.
The definition covers many types of disability listed. You do not need evidence of your disability to opt into the scheme, but you are making a declaration to the APS that you meet the definition.