Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program Agency Information Booklet 2019 - Indigenous Careers

 
Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program Agency Information Booklet 2019 - Indigenous Careers
Australian Government Indigenous
       Graduate Recruitment Program
       Agency Information Booklet 2019

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Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program Agency Information Booklet 2019 - Indigenous Careers
contents

Administrative Appeals Tribunal .................................................................................................................................................................1
Attorney-General's Department ............................................................................................................................................................... 2
Australian Bureau of Statistics ................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Australian Energy Regulator) ....................................... 5
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission .................................................................................................................................6
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority ...................................................................................................................................... 7
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Authority ..........................................................................................8
Australian Securities Investments Commission ...........................................................................................................................9
Australian Taxation Office ..............................................................................................................................................................................11
Bureau of Meteorology .................................................................................................................................................................................. 12
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ..................................................................................................................... 13
Department of Communications and the Arts .............................................................................................................................14
Department of Defence ................................................................................................................................................................................16
Department of Education and Training .............................................................................................................................................. 17
Department of Finance ..................................................................................................................................................................................19
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ........................................................................................................................................ 20
Department of Health ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 21
Department of Home Affairs ......................................................................................................................................................................23
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ......................................................................................................................25
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities ............................................................................... 26
Department of Jobs and Small Business .........................................................................................................................................27
Department of the Environment and Energy ............................................................................................................................... 29
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet .......................................................................................................................... 31
Department of Veterans' Affairs ...............................................................................................................................................................33
Indigenous Business Australia ................................................................................................................................................................ 34
National Library of Australia ...................................................................................................................................................................... 35
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman .................................................................................................................................. 36

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Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
    As an AAT law graduate you can be located in Sydney or Melbourne.
    You do not need to move to Canberra.

    About Us
    The Administrative Appeals Tribunal conducts independent merits review of administrative decisions
    made under Commonwealth laws. We review decisions made by Australian Government ministers,
    departments and agencies and, in limited circumstances, decisions made by state government and
    non-government bodies. We also review decisions made under Norfolk Island laws.
    Merits review is a fresh reconsideration of a case. This means that the AAT will put itself in the shoes
    of the original decision maker and consider all of the evidence from a fresh perspective.

    Working with Us
    The AAT is a diverse workplace, we have an established cultural and social network with numerous
    events including NAIDOC week and harmony day. Each year we hold an annual ‘moot’ which is a
    great project for a graduate to work on. Graduates can expect to undertake work such as triaging
    review applications, coordinating hearings and related correspondence, legal research and the
    preparation of legal documents. The amalgamation of the AAT in 2015 has created a number of
    exciting projects which graduates may assist with as part of the program.

    Our Graduate Program
    Our two-year program will have two to four rotations to different work areas. The work is diverse
    ranging from refugee matters to tax matters and an excellent foundation to launch your legal career.
    You will be part of a small cohort of new legal graduates.
    There will be a range of learning development opportunities including APS graduate programs held
    in Canberra, fully funded Practical Legal Training (for eligible graduates), hearing observations, legal
    writing training and mentoring to ensure you are supported throughout the program.
    You will have successfully completed a Bachelor of Laws or a Juris Doctor and eligible for admission
    in Australia or eligible to enrol in a practical legal training course that leads to admission in Australia.
    We are looking for enthusiasm, your sound research and analytical skills, as well as your problem
    solving and communication skills. A desire to achieve your own career goals and personal growth
    while making a valuable contribution to the AAT.

?   Find out more
    Web: www.aat.gov.au
    Email: Performance.Development@AAT.gov.au
    Twitter: @aat_gov_au
    Phone: (02) 9276 5307

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Attorney-General’s Department (AGs)
There’s more than one path to success
Salary: $59,376 • Classification: APS 3 • Location/s: Canberra

About Us
The Attorney-General’s Department delivers programs and policies to maintain and improve
Australia’s law and justice framework. Through the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS), we provide
legal services to the Commonwealth (including legal advice and representation). The department is
the central policy and coordinating element of the Attorney-General’s portfolio.

Working with Us
The Attorney-General’s Department is committed to workplace diversity and aims to create an
environment that the values and utilises the contribution of people from different backgrounds,
experiences and perspectives. Our Indigenous Employee Network is an active employee group
that contributes to culture of the department through events and awareness. Our flexible work
environment allows our people to balance their work and personal responsibilities.

Our Graduate Program
Our 12 month program offers two streams - one for Policy graduates and one for Australian
Government Solicitor and Office of International Law (Legal practice) graduates. As a 2019 graduate,
you will:
  • enjoy an interesting orientation to the department and the Australian Public Service
  • be part of a development program to build your skills and experience
  • participate in a range of rotations to learn more about the us and our work
  • have a positive support network of supervisors, buddies, mentors and senior leaders
  • be able to contribute to our culture through fundraising and events
  • have access to further study which may include the opportunity to complete your practical
    legal training leading to your admission
  • gain an ongoing role on successful completion of your graduate year.
Our graduate program provides you with a range of career options and introduces you to
government policy and legal practice. We work on a variety of interesting and important policy issues
and legal matters. You will interact with real clients, the Australian community, key stakeholders
and other government jurisdictions to help achieve the Australian Government’s policy and legal
objectives.

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Attorney-General’s Department

    Employee Profile
    A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN AGD GRAD by Vanessa Graf
    Rotation: Espionage and Foreign Interference Taskforce
    Location: Security and Criminal Law Division
    Undergrad: Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
    Postgrad: Master of Laws (LLM)

    6AM: My alarm sounds, obviously I hit the snooze button to try and squeeze an extra 2 hours sleep
    into the next 10 minutes. I get up, make a coffee and catch up on the news and dash out of the door!
    7:30: I see the bus; I start to jog awkwardly in my heels to make it in time. The bus sits at the station
    for another 5 minutes - I could have walked. My first rotation is with the Espionage and Foreign
    Interference Taskforce; I have a broader understanding of the harm that can be caused by foreign
    interference seeking to influence Australia’s governmental and political processes - my interest has
    been sparked to be exposed to this area further.
    8:30: With my coffee at my desk, I open my emails; I have a quick skim of the daily media clips. The
    controversial espionage offences have made front page news once again; I have a suspicion that I
    may be busy today!
    9:30: The Espionage and Foreign Interference Bills are currently subject to a Parliamentary inquiry by
    the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. I assist my team to respond to any questions
    that the committee raises, including whether the proposed Bills are compatible with human rights.
    10:50AM: I let my supervisor know I’ll just be ducking out to have a quick catch up with my mentor! I
    have already thought of some questions to ask her about opportunities for career development. I am
    also interested in hearing about her career within the public service!
    11:30AM: Back at my desk I move on to doing some ministerial correspondence that my supervisor
    has assigned me. This is usually an email or short letter coming from a member of the community,
    expressing their support or concerns about the proposed espionage offences or foreign influence
    transparency scheme. It is important that I respond to these concerns; as public servants we are
    accountable to the Australian public.
    1:30PM: Training! So much training in the first few weeks. Today is wellness at work, I’m looking
    forward to this one because as I have realised, this fulltime work gig (is very different from uni and
    part time work). I definitely need to take precautions to look after myself and others around me!
    5:00PM: Home time! I Head to the bus station looking forward to getting home to see my family…the
    bus trip home offers some beautiful views of the Brindabellas, I appreciate living in such a beautiful
    part of Canberra!

?   Find out more
    Web: https://www.ag.gov.au/About/Careers/Graduateprogram/Pages/Who-we-want.aspx
    Email: EmploymentPrograms@ag.gov.au
    Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/attorneygeneralsdepartment/
    Phone: 02 6141 6111

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Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
    ABS Graduates—Shape Australia’s Future
    Salary: $57,438 • Classification: Graduate ABS Broadband [APS 3-4]
    Location/s: Belconnen, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne

    About Us
    The purpose of the ABS is to inform Australia’s important decisions by partnering and innovating to
    deliver relevant, trusted, objective data, statistics and insights.
    We are currently transforming across six dimensions—environment, strategy, governance, people,
    culture and infrastructure.
    It will allow us to harness new opportunities, meet changing community expectations and ensure we
    have the ability to continue to provide trusted statistics that inform decision making.

    Working with Us
    What we offer:
      • competitive remuneration package starting at $57,438 plus 15.4% superannuation
      • salary advancement on successful completion of the program
      • FlexWorks—our program of flexible working arrangements which includes the opportunity to
        work from home
      • on-the-job training specific to your role, plus formal graduate training
      • opportunities to shadow our Senior Executives
      • relocation costs if you are required to relocate.

    Our Graduate Program
    The ABS Graduate Development Program is designed to:
      •   assist you to transition into the ABS and the Australian Public Service
      •   provide you with tailored training and development opportunities
      •   gain experience with the statistical cycle and the core business of the ABS
      •   improve your understanding of and gain experience in project management
      •   develop your skills to effectively contribute to the strategic direction of the ABS.
    If this sounds like what you are looking for, then we look forward to receiving your application

    Employee Profile
    Visit: http://abs.gov.au/websitedbs/corporate.nsf/home/Graduate%20Profile+-+Bonnie

?   Find out more
    Web: abs.gov.au
    Email: recruitment@abs.gov.au
    Social Media: Facebook: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Twitter:ABSStats
    Phone: 1800 249 583

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Australian Competition and Consumer
    Commission (ACCC)
    The ACCC is committed to a workplace that reflects the community we serve.
    We recognise that diversity brings a range of experiences, perspectives, and
    ideas to our workplace.
    Salary: $59,695 • Classification: GAPS 1 (equivalent to APS 3)
    Location/s: Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Melbourne

    About Us
    The ACCC is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority whose role is to enforce the
    Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and a range of additional legislation, promoting competition,
    fair trading and regulating national infrastructure for the benefit of all Australians.

    Working with Us
    A career with the ACCC will give you the chance to work on a wide variety of key industry issues,
    consumer protection matters and significant public interest concerns.

    Our Graduate Program
    Our graduates also work with the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). As a constituent part of the
    ACCC, the AER operates as a separate legal entity. As well as other duties the AER is responsible for
    the economic regulation of the wholesale electricity market and gas transmission networks.
    A graduate role at the ACCC/AER is to support investigations, analysis and projects.

?   The ACCC/AER is committed to providing excellent working conditions designed to balance your
    personal and professional needs.

    Find out more
    Web: www.accc.gov.au
    Email: gradjobs@accc.gov.au
    Social Media: ACCC (@acccgovau) Twitter and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
    ACCCConsumerRights/
    Phone: 02 6243 1013

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The Australian Criminal Intelligence
    Commission (ACIC)
    Discovering threats, supporting law enforcement, protecting Australia.
    Salary: $58,681 • Classification: APS 3 • Location/s: Canberra

    About Us
    ACIC was formed to strengthen our response to crime affecting Australia. The ACIC’s investigative,
    research and information delivery services work with our law enforcement partners to stop criminals
    exploiting emerging opportunities and perceived gaps in law enforcement information.

    Working with Us
    The agency employs people from a range of professional disciplines and is committed to building a
    diverse workforce and providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment.
    We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and different backgrounds, and
    encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from culturally
    and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature-age people.

    Our Graduate Program
    The Graduate program runs for 12 months, during this time you will complete up to four workplace
    rotations. The program provides you with work experience, on the job learning and development
    opportunities that will strengthen your knowledge and skills. After completing your graduate
    program, the agency will provide you with opportunities to progress your career.

    Employee Profile
    My name is Aysha and I started working for the agency in 2016 through the Australian Government
    Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program after completing a Bachelor of Justice (Criminology
    and Policing). The continued support and opportunities I have received at the Australian Criminal
    Intelligence Commission have significantly enhanced my skills and career progression, including
    completing a Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership. As an Indigenous employee in the ACIC, I also
    hope to be a role model for the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders who
    are passionate about making Australia a safer place.

?   Find out more
    Web: www.acic.gov.au
    Email: recruitment@acic.gov.au
    Social Media: Facebook: @ACIC Twitter: @ACICgovau
    Phone: 02 6268 7179

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Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
    (APRA)
    See the big picture, make a big difference
    Location/s: Sydney

    About Us
    APRA offers unmatched exposure to the Australian banking, insurance and superannuation
    industries, APRA offers the opportunity for trainees to kick-start their professional career.
    Many organisations give you a start in the finance industry. Few give you a view from the top of the
    entire finance industry from day one. Even fewer actually shape the industry’s future. In Australia,
    there’s only one. APRA offers diverse opportunities and experience across the entire financial
    services industry.

    Working with Us
    Our people gain experience at the forefront of a changing and complex industry from day one. No
    exceptions. We carry out prudential reforms which shape the future of Australia’s financial services
    industry to better protect policyholders, depositors and superannuation fund members. We employ
    a diverse range of highly skilled professionals to supervise financial institutions, or provide specialist
    advice to our front-line supervisors.

    Our Graduate Program
    APRA’s Graduate Program is one of the most in-depth and diverse in the financial services industry.
    Professional development is ongoing, you’ll benefit from our performance coach/mentoring
    program, a ‘buddy’ system and working as part of an APRA team from the start.
    Running for 18 months, during this time you will complete three six-month rotations, across our
    frontline supervision, policy development and data analytics divisions, giving you the opportunity
    to build the core foundations of prudential regulation. These foundations will help jump start your
    career as a finance professional.

?   Find out more
    Web: http://apragraduatecareers.com.au/
    Email: graduatecareers@apra.gov.au
    Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/APRAGraduatePage
    Phone: 02 9210 3287

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Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear
    Safety Agency (ARPANSA)
    Contribute to the protection of Australians and the environment from the
    harmful effects of radiation.
    Salary: $69,472 • Classification: APS 4 • Location/s: Melbourne

    About Us
    As ARPANSA, we are an independent regulator, a health advisor and a service provider. We are the
    Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. We protect the
    Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation through understanding
    risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the
    community.

    Working with Us
    We offer you:
      • the opportunity to work as part of a team that has a crucial role in contributing to the protection
        of Australians and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation
      • flexible and innovative work practices that aim for a balance between work and family life
      • a workplace committed to diversity
      • employment opportunities all around Australia
      • Read about our Enterprise Agreement.

?   Find out more
    Web: www.arpansa.gov.au
    Email: humanresources@arpansa.gov.au
    Social Media:
    https://www.facebook.com/ARPANSAGovernment/
    https://twitter.com/ARPANSANews
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCetQtHNSkKlALp5s3g-QHcA
    https://www.arpansa.gov.au/contact-us/rss
    https://www.arpansa.gov.au/contact-us
    Phone: Freecall 1800 022 333

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Australian Securities and Investments
Commission (ASIC)
A career with ASIC provides personal and career development, and a key role
in important work that benefits all Australians.
Salary: $66,714 • Classification: APS 4 • Location/s: Sydney and Melbourne

About Us
ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets, financial services and consumer credit regulator. At ASIC,
there’s good reason for everything we do: every law we regulate, every action we take, every
interaction we have with industry and consumers.
We’re proud of the difference we make to Australia’s economic reputation and wellbeing. At ASIC
you’ll work alongside those at the forefront of regulatory practice, to ensure that Australians have
trust and confidence in the financial system.

Working with Us
We believe that diverse perspectives are critical to ASIC’s success. Our inclusive and diverse
workforce drives innovation, creativity and problem-solving, as well as individual and organisational
productivity.
Inclusion and diversity are not simply about gender, race, age, sexual orientation or disability.
Embracing differences in working and thinking styles creates a working environment where everyone
is treated with fairness and respect.
ASIC also has a Reconciliation Action Plan, which includes internal targets to increase Indigenous
employment, and initiatives to promote cultural sensitivity and awareness.

Our Graduate Program
Our 18 month program focuses on developing both your technical and professional skills.
We develop your talents through a balance of on-the-job training, structured development programs
and rotations. You could be assessing reports of misconduct, assisting in an investigation, analysing
intelligence, data analytics, consumer research or even supporting new technologies.
The program includes:
  • a graduate induction program held in Sydney
  • professional development in key technical and interpersonal skills
  • access to subject matter experts who support your learning on the job
  • a variety of formal learning opportunities such as access to workshops, regular seminars
    and communities of practice
  • support for future study including admission to the legal profession.

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Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

    Employee Profile
    “Being an ASIC graduate has provided me with the chance to learn different skills and utilise them
    while operating in diverse teams throughout the program. From day one, you’re part of the team,
    given real work and able to see real outcomes.
    I love the variety of work that ASIC offers. I’ve had the opportunity to work as part of a team reviewing
    a corporate merger worth millions of dollars, provide assistance to members of the public and
    participate in projects that have real impact on the life of all Australians.”
    Nathan Miller, 2017 Graduate

?   Find out more
    Web: www.graduates.asic.gov.au
    Email: graduateprogram@asic.gov.au
    Linkedin: https://au.linkedin.com/company/asic
    Facebook: facebook.com/ASICGraduateProgram

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Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
    Salary: $61,213 • Classification: APS 3 • Location/s: Canberra, Sydney,
    Newcastle, Albury, Wollongong, Adelaide, Brisbane, Townsville, Perth, Hobart,
    Melbourne

    About Us
    We’re Australia’s principal revenue collection agency, responsible for managing and shaping the tax
    and superannuation systems for the benefit of the Australian community.

    Working with Us
    Our graduate program provides an opportunity for you to develop in a dynamic and high profile
    national organisation. As an ATO graduate you’ll work alongside other professionals, contributing
    to the economic and social wellbeing of the Australian community. Together you’ll help shape an
    organisation known for its contemporary services, expertise and integrity.

    Our Graduate Program
    During your 12-month graduate program you will:
      •   be offered challenging, interesting work
      •   undertake relevant specialised hands-on training
      •   develop your skills and knowledge
      •   shape your career
      •   develop a network of contacts across our organisation.
    You’ll also start on a salary of over $60,000 pa, receive excellent superannuation benefits and enjoy
    flexible working conditions.

?   Find out more
    Web: https://www.ato.gov.au/About-ATO/Careers/Entry-level-programs/The-ATO-Graduate-
    program/
    Email: entrylevelprograms@ato.gov.au
    Phone: 03 6221 0303

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Bureau of Meteorology
    The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water
    information agency.
    Salary: $56,574 • Classification: BoM Broadband 1 (APS 3-5)
    Location/s: Melbourne

    About Us
    Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and
    Antarctic territory, we provide one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.
    Our work touches the lives of all Australians and helps people to deal with the harsh realities of their
    natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. The
    Bureau makes a significant contribution to economic prosperity, public safety and community well-
    being.

    Working with Us
    We employ around 1,600 staff, and provide surveillance, forecasts and warning services 24 hours
    a day, every day of the year. We build and maintain the national observational infrastructure and
    provide the information and communication technology, research and corporate support needed
    to deliver these essential services to the Australian community. Our workforce is geographically
    dispersed, with more than 60 workplaces across Australia in capital cities, regional and remote
    locations as well as offshore islands and Antarctica.

    Our Graduate Program
    Our graduate program offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates the opportunity to kick-
    start a career and gain exposure to diverse areas across the organisation.
    We offer ongoing employment, commencing at the APS 3 level with a career pathway which allows
    you to advance to an APS 4, then to an APS 5.

    Employee Profile
    Djarra Delaney, Communications Officer
    I work in the Marketing and Communications team at the Bureau of Meteorology, supporting
    the People Management Branch. I help the branch with communication for policy documents,
    events and products. Communicating effectively in the Australian Public Service comes down to
    understanding your audience, understanding the content and being familiar with style and language
    requirements.

?   Find out more
    Web: www.bom.gov.au/careers/
    Email: Diversity@bom.gov.au
    Phone: 03 9616 8530

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Department of Agriculture and
    Water Resources
    Make a difference, be part of our story, build your career, join our graduate
    program
    Salary: $63,952 • Classification: APS 3 • Location/s: Canberra

    About Us
    The department has a physical presence in more than 300 locations around Australia and a further
    16 countries around the world. We are working on the front-line, building a more profitable, resilient
    and sustainable agriculture sector and supporting the sustainable and productive management and
    use of rivers and water resources.

    Working with Us
    The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources hosts a variety of support networks including
    the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employees Network. The focus of these networks is to bring
    people together to support each other, share experiences, and discuss matters of interest helping to
    set the direction for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander related projects and cultural influence within
    the department.

    Our Graduate Program
    As part of the Graduate Development Program you will participate in the following:
      • three workplace rotations across the department
      • a five day industry visit
      • executive Engagement
      • apply for a work placement within one of the department’s portfolio agencies or regional offices
      • visit the Minister’s Office, Senate Estimates and Parliament House to gain exposure to
        parliamentary proceedings
      • inclusion into our graduate network and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island employee network
      • learning and development to support your development throughout the program.
    “The Graduate Program offered me unique experiences and valuable exposure that wouldn’t have
    happened so early in my career otherwise.”
    “What excites me the most about working in our department is having the ability to draw on both my
    personal and work lives to influence improvement.”
    Our people support our agriculture sector so it can be sustainable and internationally competitive –
    become part of our story and help make a difference.

    Find out more

?   Web: www.agriculture.gov.au
    Email: entrylevelprogrammes@agriculture.gov.au
    Social Media: Facebook Twitter
    Phone: 02 6272 4255

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Department of Communications and the Arts
We are the Australian Government’s lead advisor on communications and the
arts—two of the most innovative and dynamic sectors in our economy.
Salary: $60,182 • Classification: APS 3 • Location/s: Canberra

About Us
As the Department of Communications and the Arts, we are the Australian Government’s lead advisor
on communications and the arts—two of the most innovative and dynamic sectors in our economy.
The Department advises the Australian Government about the communications and arts industries—
television, radio, internet, phone, post, arts and changes in digital technologies. We develop policy,
provide advice, analysis, and deliver programs that make digital technologies and communications
services better; we encourage excellence in art, help to protect our cultural heritage and support
public access to and participation in, arts and culture for all Australians. Our mission is to create
an environment in which all Australians have access to high quality communications services and
diverse artistic and cultural experiences.
To learn more about what we do, visit our website at: https://www.communications.gov.au/ and
click the images to watch short YouTube clips.

Working with Us
As a graduate, we invest significantly in your learning and development throughout the year to
develop and build your capabilities and position you as a potential future leader. As a relatively small
federal government department, you will have the opportunity to build a strong professional network
across the Department and work closely with senior staff.
Benefits of the graduate program include:
  •   starting salary from $60,182 per annum
  •   gain a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration
  •   ongoing training and development opportunities
  •   access to study assistance (upon completion of the program)
  •   flexible working hours
  •   assistance with relocation costs (all graduate roles are based in Canberra)
  •   generous leave conditions
  •   attractive superannuation scheme
  •   access to the Department’s clubs, networks and groups.
Graduates undertake three workplace rotations designed to develop key capabilities and offer a
well-informed set of meaningful departmental experiences. Rotation placements are determined as
the year progresses and are based on your individual interests coupled with current organisational
requirements. This strategic approach has proved to offer graduates a challenging experience and
meaningful work opportunities.

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Department of Communications and the Arts

    Our Graduate Program
    As a relatively small federal government department, you’ll have the opportunity to build a strong
    professional network across the Department and work closely with senior staff
    As a graduate, your networks will include:
      • Your buddy—before you start we will pair you up with a current graduate. Graduates from the
        preceding year are ‘social mentors’ and will give you tips on finding housing, good restaurants and
        clubs. They will show you around when you arrive and help you access resources and networks.
      • Your mentors —support and encouragement from an Indigenous mentor and a great support network
        of Indigenous employees.
      • The Graduate Team—this team will help make your move to Canberra seamless, and be your main
        point of contact once you start working with us.
      • Your workplace team— your team supervisor and colleagues will support you in your day-to-day work.
      • Departmental networks – our Department has a range of networks for you to get involved with
        including the Social Club, the Women’s Network, the Innovation Network and so much more!
    Check out our graduate program video.

    Employee Profile
    We celebrate our differences, we are respectful, flexible, innovative, and work collaboratively. We celebrate
    NAIDOC week, National Reconciliation Week and International Day of the Worlds Indigenous peoples along
    with many others. We embrace diversity, valuing the contributions of our graduates with culturally and
    linguistically diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We are committed to supporting the
    employment and career development of Indigenous Australians.

?   Find out more
    Web: www.communications.gov.au
    Graduate Program: https://www.communications.gov.au/who-we-are/careers/graduate-program
    Email: GraduateMailbox@communications.gov.au
    Social Media: Twitter: @CommsAu and @artsculturegov
    Linked in: @Department of Communications and the Arts
    Facebook: Australian Department of Communications and the Arts Graduates
    Department Contact: 1800 254 649 (free call)
    Graduate Team: Eileen Fahey 02 6271 1037

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Department of Defence (Defence)
    A career protecting Australia’s national interests? Definitely Defence.
    Salary: $65, 133 • Classification: APS Graduate (APS 4) • Location/s: Canberra

    About Us
    Defence is seeking graduates from across all academic disciplines to take up the challenge of
    working for one of Australia’s largest organisations, with a mission of defending Australia and its
    national interests.

    Working with Us
    As an Australian Public Service graduate in the Department of Defence, you will enjoy experiences
    that, as a civilian, you simply wouldn’t find with any other organisation. You will support our three
    Services - Navy, Army and Air Force, allowing them to perform their roles effectively. The Department
    offers graduate opportunities across a range of career streams, such as science and technology,
    legal, human resources, health, strategic policy, intelligence, finance, IT and/or strategic support.

    Our Graduate Program
    As a Defence Indigenous Graduate, you will be placed on one of our many streams. The Program
    provides you with a bird’s eye view of the diverse work Defence undertakes. It will give you a solid
    base to build your career on.
    The Program is 12-months and consists of three rotations of four month durations. The first rotation
    is undertaken in Canberra, with the possibility of one in a regional area for those who want a further
    challenge.

    Employee Profile
    Neha, Defence Corporate Pathway - Generalist
    “As a political science graduate in the Generalist Stream, I was given many opportunities to
    contribute to diverse, challenging and meaningful work. Throughout the graduate year, I was
    supported within my teams to develop skills in areas that I had not had much exposure to before.
    This included planning a visit by Timorese Defence officials to Australia, reviewing the effectiveness
    of an Army training exercise and coordinating the Department’s responses to media enquiries.
    I learned useful lessons in crafting policy advice for senior executives, conducting training
    assessments and developing communication strategies.”

?   Find out more
    Web: http://www.defence.gov.au/Graduates/
    Email: graduate.program@defence.gov.au
    Phone: 1800 333 362

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Department of Education and Training
There’s more than one path to success
Salary: $62,724 • Classification: APS 3 • Location/s: Canberra

About Us
The Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programs that
help Australians access quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school
education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.
Education is a crucial component of maintaining a vibrant, responsive and innovative nation. Our
department helps build stronger communities and a stronger economy by improving access to
quality child care, enriching teaching and learning in schools, and by building a world-class higher
education and research system, as well as a skilled and capable workforce.

Working with Us
We are committed to opportunity through learning and work to support lifelong learning for
everyone. We work to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
and employees with disability. In the Department, Indigenous Business is Everyone’s Business.
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees are supported to reach their potential and we
recognise their unique skills and experiences are vital in delivering the Department’s priorities.
Workplace diversity and inclusion is vitally important in creating a productive and harmonious
environment for people to work. The Department recognises and embraces the diversity that
each employee brings to the workplace, creating an environment of trust, mutual respect and
appreciation.
Many of our policies and programs celebrate diversity and tackle discrimination and bullying, and
we continue to build on these initiatives through our Diversity Champion, Indigenous Champion and
Indigenous Leader.

Our Graduate Program
We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated graduates with any degree who are passionate about
education and want to make a difference to the lives of all Australians.
As a graduate in our department, we will offer you:
  • An opportunity to grow your career through diverse experiences and exposure to our business
    and our people
  • Access to professional development and on-the-job learning activities
  • A workplace culture that is supportive, flexible and rewarding
  • The opportunity to participate in multiple employee networks, peer support and mentoring
    relationships
  • Excellent employment conditions with competitive remuneration, superannuation and
    employee entitlements
  • A supporting work environment that recognises and appreciates your lifestyle.
During the Program, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of internal and external
development activities that incorporates face-to-face, self-paced and virtual learning.

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    Employee Profile
    Paige Eriksson, Policy Officer
    What does your role involve?
    I work in the National Frameworks team in the Skills Outcomes and Financing Branch of the
    department. I am part of a fast-paced team that is currently involved in negotiating complex funding
    arrangements for skills with state and territory governments. My role is to provide support to my
    team in the form of drafting documents, facilitating meetings, providing minutes and analysing
    government policy documents. I also get to be involved in bilateral conversations with state and
    territory governments, and manage stakeholder engagement with key industry bodies.
    What are some of the highlights or interesting stories from your career?
    A memorable highlight during my time as a graduate is when my branch manager requested that
    I urgently take a key document up to our Minister at Parliament House. Being closely involved in
    departmental operations was very exciting and a unique graduate experience. Also getting the
    opportunity to network with senior executive staff in the department who value your input was
    a highlight. Each graduate will be exposed to fast paced and dynamic work that has real world
    applications at both national and international levels.
    Do you have any advice for other students?
    You will quickly become a valued member of the team where your opinions matter, so don’t be afraid
    to ask questions. There will also be countless opportunities that will come your way, say yes to them
    all. Just remember, the graduate year goes fast so value every moment!

?   Find out more
    Web: www.education.gov.au
    Email: people@education.gov.au
    Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/GraduatesDepartmentofEducationandTraining/
    Phone: 02 6121 5000

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Department of Finance (Finance)
    There’s more than one path to success
    Salary: $62,042 • Classification: APS 3 • Location/s: Canberra

    About Us
    Finance supports the government’s ongoing priorities through the Budget process and fosters
    leading practice through the public sector resource management, governance and accountability
    frameworks. We play a lead role in advising the government on many of its strategic priorities,
    including advancing public sector reform and providing advice to the government on optimal
    arrangements for the management and ownership of public assets. We do this through our
    professional and considered approach to providing advice, developing policy, delivering services
    and engaging with our clients and stakeholders.

    Working with Us
    The diverse range of work you contribute to will challenge you and develop your talents, preparing
    you to progress to the next level and beyond. You’ll also enjoy a whole-of-government view and gain
    exposure to extensive networks and influencers who can help accelerate your career.
    Our team values underpin everything we do. Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is promoted
    through the activities of six staff-led networks, which all encourage graduates to get involved and
    help shape our inclusive culture.

    Our Graduate Program
    Our graduates are supported through two 6-month work placements. These are informed by our
    priorities at the time, and where your skills and capabilities will be best utilised and developed.
    Much of your learning will be on-the-job, complemented by face-to-face training and other
    opportunities. You’ll develop core skills including critical thinking, influencing and leadership skills,
    and technical skills to understand the budget cycle, financial management and project management
    principles.

    Employee Profile
    Carmen completed the graduate program in 2016, and says “I found Finance to be an excellent
    learning opportunity to experience a wide variety of exciting and challenging work from a whole of
    government perspective. I have worked on projects such as the Consolidated Financial Statements
    and Indigenous Affairs work, including developing an Indigenous Employment and Retention
    Strategy as my major grad project. We also have amazing support here with an active Aboriginal and
    Torres Strait Islander Staff Network.”

?   Find out more
    Web: https://finance.grad.careers/
    Email: jobs@finance.gov.au
    Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/ausgovfinancegrads/
    https://twitter.com/AusGovFinance
    Phone: 02 6215 1717

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
    Make a world of difference and help advance the interests of Australia and
    Australians internationally.
    Salary: $65,808 • Classification: APS 3 • Location/s: Canberra

    About Us
    DFAT is the lead agency for the Australian Government’s international engagement. DFAT staff are
    the face of Australia overseas and at a whole range of international institutions, including
    the UN. Whether promoting international trade and investment, helping in crises overseas, assisting
    Australian travellers, reducing poverty and supporting growth, DFAT share a common goal of
    advancing the interest of Australia and Australians internationally.

    Working with Us
    There is a huge variety of work at DFAT. Graduates come from a range of backgrounds, from arts/law
    to aerospace engineering. Throughout their career, graduates have the opportunity to work on issues
    including trade negotiations, international law, humanitarian crisis response, aid delivery, international
    environment issues, human resources, property management, IT, financial management and security.
    DFAT graduates also take on roles in an organisation that runs offices and programs in Canberra,
    every state and territory capital in Australia and around the world.

    Our Graduate Program
    The DFAT graduate program is based in Canberra, but it is the introduction to a career that can take
    you much further. Graduates receive formal training and learn on the job through rotations across
    the department. After graduates finish the two-year training program, they become eligible to apply
    for postings overseas, although it can be a few years before graduates take up overseas positions.

    Employee Profile
    Alex: “I joined DFAT in 2015 and rotated through placements across bilateral, development,
    multilateral, corporate and trade desks. This broad exposure quickly familiarised me with the totality
    of the department’s work. I currently work in the Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore Section, which is
    a diverse and fascinating patch. I have been lucky to learn from some extraordinary people from a
    variety of backgrounds, especially useful ahead of my first posting which will start in 2019.”

?   Find out more
    Web: www.dfat.gov.au
    Email: gradrec@dfat.gov.au
    Social Media: follow us on www.facebook.com/dfat.gov.au or https://www.facebook.com/
    DFATGradProgram or https://twitter.com/dfat
    Phone: 02 6261 9811

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Department of Health (Health)
As a graduate in the Department of Health, you will have the opportunity to
contribute to the better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for
future generations.
Salary: $60,161 • Classification: Health Entry Level Broadband
Location/s: Canberra

About Us
It’s an exciting time to be part of Health as we implement the Government’s long-term national
health plan to support the future of Australia’s health system.
Our employees shape the policies and programs that drive Australia’s health, aged care and sporting
priorities including in the areas of Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, hospitals,
mental and preventative health and medical research.

Working with Us
The Department has a commitment to provide a culturally safe workplace for all staff. We have a
Reconciliation Action Plan which lists a wide range of initiatives and goals. We provide Indigenous
Cultural Awareness training to all staff.
The Department has Indigenous Champions who regularly meet with other APS Champions to work
towards achieving positive outcomes for Indigenous Australians. We provide a number of support
programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff including buddies, mentor programs and an
active staff led Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network

Our Graduate Program
You don’t have to be a health professional to consider a career with Health. Our diverse policy,
program and corporate responsibilities require graduates with generalist and specialist skills in a
range of areas including data analytics, economics, statistics, science and research, medical science,
and health care planning.
At Health, we are committed to providing a culturally supportive workplace for our Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander employees through our Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Network.

Employee Profile
What does your role involve?
I have had three meaningful rotations which have allowed me to contribute to the improvement of
health in Australia. So far I have witnessed new and promising drugs being put on the PBS, worked
with passionate people to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and helped
prevent injuries by monitoring the safety of medical devices.
What are some of the highlights or interesting stories?
The great thing about the graduate program is that you get to experience three different areas of
the Department. It is a fantastic way to try out a range of roles, some of which you may not have
considered before, but find you enjoy. The department is very supportive of diversity and culture, and
provides a positive work environment. I have made some great friendships and my graduate cohort
is really supportive.

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Department of Health

    Advice to other students?
    Keep an open mind – you may not think that a particular role or piece of work will suit you but give it
    a go and you will be surprised at what you can achieve. But also don’t be afraid to pursue roles that
    really interest you.

?   Find out more
    Email: entrylevelprograms@health.gov.au
    Phone: 02 6289 9029 (option 2)

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Department of Home Affairs
Start Here Go Anywhere
Salary: $60,452 – $66,904 • Classification: APS Level 4, Graduate APS
Location/s: Canberra

About Us
The Department of Home Affairs is a global organisation dedicated to the protection and prosperity
of Australia. We have people in every Australian state and territory and in 53 locations around the
world.

Working with Us
We believe our differences drive innovation, and our varied backgrounds help to broaden our
perspective. The skills and knowledge you have gained through university and work experience can
be of great value to this Department and make a real difference to Australians.

Our Graduate Program
The Graduate Development Program runs for 10 months. During this time you will complete up
to three workplace rotations. The program provides you with a range of work experiences, on-
the-job learning, development opportunities as well as vocational training to develop your skills
and knowledge for working in the Australian Public Service. Our graduate program will give your
government career a head start.

Employee Profile
Tyler, Intelligence Officer - 2018 Graduate
What does your current role involve?
I am part of the 2018 graduate intake. For my first rotation I was placed in the Intelligence and
Capability Group, which involved a combination of data analysis, interpretation, project coordination,
meeting with internal stakeholders and providing administrative support.
What are the highlights of being a new graduate within the Department?
This program allows me to work in three different business areas over a 10 month period. It is a
unique opportunity exposing me to a wide variety of vocations I never thought possible. Grads are
given a lot of support and guidance during the transition to Canberra and are presented with many
professional and personal opportunities within the Department. Indigenous employees have access
to the Department’s Indigenous Employment Team, and the Indigenous Staff Support Network.
These networks allow us to have input into Indigenous-specific policies, strategies and initiatives,
as well as access to the Indigenous Mentoring Program and connect with other staff interested in
supporting the Department’s Indigenous agenda.

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Department of Home Affairs

    Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of applying?
    Do it! I joined the program with a background in public health, and was surprised to find many work
    areas have a strong overlap with my studies. This program allows you to work in different areas within
    the Department and contribute to a wide range of issues affecting all Australians. A willingness to
    embrace new ideas and diversifying your skills are essential to making your work memorable and
    exciting, whilst getting the most out of the program. The Department of Home Affairs is an extremely
    diverse workplace, and I encourage all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander graduates who are
    interested to apply!

?   Find out more
    Web: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/careers-recruitment/graduate-development-
    program/about
    Email: recruitment@homeaffairs.gov.au
    Social Media: http://bit.ly/hagradgroup
    Phone: 1300 793 883

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Department of Industry, Innovation
    and Science
    Choose your future at Industry, Innovation and Science
    Salary: $59,476 • Classification: APS 3 • Location/s: Canberra

    About Us
    Our vision is to enable growth and productivity for globally competitive industries. To help realise this
    vision, the Department has four key objectives: supporting science and commercialisation, growing
    business investment and improving business capability, streamlining regulation and building a high
    performance organisation.

    Working with Us
    So you want to make a difference and you like what our graduate program offers. Let us make your
    decision easy - if you choose your future with us, we will also offer you;
      •   relocation assistance if you are located interstate
      •   advancement to the APS 5 level on successful completion of the first year of the program
      •   four varied work placements
      •   flexible working arrangements
      •   dedicated departmental support
      •   a previous graduate as a buddy
      •   ongoing learning and development opportunities after the program.

    Our Graduate Program
    Our Graduate Development Programme is a two year programme. We accept all disciplines of study,
    so there are numerous opportunities available letting you use the skills and knowledge you gained
    through university and work experience. You will be given the opportunity to work in a diverse range
    of positions that will provide you with a variety of skills and experiences to further your career. We
    provide policy advice across a range of issues to government. We administer legislation, manage
    programs, undertake analysis, and provide services and advice to the business, science and research
    communities.
    We recognise that the diversity of our people is one of our greatest strengths. Applications are
    encouraged from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. You will join an inclusive workplace
    culture and also be supported by Indigenous staff network.

?   Find out more
    Web: http://graduates.industry.gov.au/overview
    Email: graduates@industry.gov.au
    Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/Industrygrads/?fref=ts
    Phone: 02 6213 6501

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Department of Infrastructure,
    Regional Development and Cities
    Choose your own Path, Choose your own Adventure, Choose your own
    Journey…
    Salary: $58,019 • Classification: APS 3 • Location/s: Canberra

    About Us
    The Department is at the forefront of the Australian Government’s efforts to secure the nation’s
    economic future and improve living standards. We do this by building stronger communities through
    major infrastructure planning, investment advice and delivery, transport system reform and strategic
    development of policies and programs.

    Working with Us
    The Department is responsible for a breadth of functions so there is opportunity to learn an eclectic
    group of skills as well as immerse yourself in all types of subject matter. Our Head Office is located in
    Canberra with other offices being in Perth, Toowoomba, Orange and Dubbo.

    Our Graduate Program
    Our 11-month program offers:
      • three diverse rotations across the department
      • advancement from APS Level 3 to APS Level 5 on successful completion
      • tailored learning and career development opportunities
      • the opportunity to complete a post-graduate qualification
      • an interstate Industry Tour with access to Senior Executives
      • paid Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ceremonial leave
      • opportunities to participate in departmental events of cultural significance (ie. NAIDOC Week
        events)
      • opportunities to have input and give feedback on the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan
      • access to the department’s Indigenous Staff Network.
    The Department sees the value in a diverse workforce as the work we do affects the lives of all
    Australian’s. Some of our major projects are in high density Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
    areas so we value the input of our Indigenous staff to ensure we are operating with culture respect
    and integrity.

?   Find out more
    Web: www.infrastructure.gov.au
    Email: entrylevel@infrastructure.gov.au
    Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/DoIRDCGradProgram
    Phone: 02 6274 6161

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