About Department of Human Services

2018 National Graduate Program—Applications now open

Our National Graduate Program offers you unlimited opportunities to develop your career. It’s a life-changing chance for you to build a rewarding career where you will help us provide social and health related services to most Australians.

When you join our department you’ll contribute to delivering more than $169 million in payments through the services provided by Centrelink, Child Support, Medicare and Australian Hearing. These payments and services help 99% of Australians.

We accept all degree disciplines and give you lots of opportunities to use the skills and knowledge you gained at university. Our 10 month program offers two pathways – Generalist and Professional.

The Generalist pathway accepts applicants with degrees from all disciplines and gives you broad exposure to the operations of the department. It provides 2 pathways, each lasting 5 months, allowing graduates to participate in diverse projects and learn how different areas operate.

The Professional pathway provides a single placement, offering graduates the opportunity to focus their career in a particular area and specialise in and develop their skills and experience. There are six disciplines within the Professional pathway:

  • allied health
  • communication
  • data analytics
  • finance
  • human resources
  • law

We offer you:

  • a 10 month program
  • specialised on-the-job training
  • accredited learning opportunity
  • the support of a Senior Executive Service (SES) mentor – the leaders of our department – to guide you as you develop your career
  • a graduate buddy to offer support as you settle in and provide advice on how to make the most of the program
  • exposure to diverse Australian communities and the opportunity to make a difference
  • an opportunity to work for the one of the largest departments in the Australian Public Service with around 34 000 staff
  • graduate specific events and activities
  • a dedicated team to support you throughout the program.

You can also apply for a unique experience as part of our program, -the Indigenous and Multicultural Placement (IaMP). A select number of graduates will have the opportunity to work in Indigenous and multicultural communities for three months of their graduate experience. The IaMP will help you better understand the challenges encountered in Indigenous and multicultural service areas, as well as the impacts and barriers facing these communities. The valuable insights gained on this placement will help you when you return to your role.

We also know how important it is to feel supported throughout your time on the program. We have a dedicated team in place to support you from your initial offer and relocation, right through to your graduation ceremony.

To find out more and apply for our 2018 intake go to our website.

STEM recruitment—Applications now open

We are currently recruiting people with qualifications in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Our STEM scheme will allow you to use your specialist skills in an exciting and diverse ICT workplace.

The scheme is a great opportunity to build your qualifications and develop new skills through our development initiative. You will be working in the largest and most diverse ICT workforce in Federal Government. We have positions available in Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra.

As an ICT professional you will have the opportunity to work as part of a team in various roles, including:

  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Developer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Project Officer
  • Solution Architect
  • Systems Analyst
  • Test Engineer.

 You will receive ongoing learning and development opportunities, including certifications in the use of key technologies. We will also provide training specific to your ICT role, which may include internationally recognised certifications in SAP, HANA, JAVA and Microsoft.

Working with us

When you join us we offer you the opportunity to work as part of a team that has a crucial role in influencing the strategic focus and coordination of service delivery for Australians. We have flexible and innovative work practices that support a work/life balance and we embrace diversity in our workplaces.

Information and Communication Technology transformation

Working with us will put you at the forefront of public sector ICT transformation. Our technology infrastructure, combined with our understanding and experience in delivering complex customer-focused services, makes us a world leader in social and health related service delivery.

Improving service delivery

Your role as an ICT professional will help improve service delivery by offering reliable, accessible and personalised solutions for our customers. You will develop solutions that improve customer experience by providing multi-channel access to social, health and other payments and services.

How to apply

Submit your application online. To find out how to start your career at Human Services, visit humanservices.gov.au/stem


Benefits of working at Department of Human Services

    • Environmental Sustainability policy
    • Flexible work options
    • Formal training and development
    • Maternity and paternity leave
    • On-the-job training and experiences
    • Work/life balance

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