About Department of Social Services (DSS)

DSS offers a challenging and meaningful career at the heart of the Australian Government’s social policy agenda. It’s more than just a job.

We have a central role in delivering policies and programmes that improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. We are responsible for about a quarter of the Australian Government Budget, responding to need across people’s lives, encouraging independence and participation, and supporting a cohesive society.

We work to provide policies and services that:

• support people and families to participate economically and socially in Australian society
• enhance the independence and wellbeing of people with high needs

• foster a cohesive community and promote civil society
• provide a safety net for people who cannot fully support themselves.

Our Graduate Programme provides you with diverse career opportunities across the Department and gives you the chance to make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. The ten-month programme offers graduates training and networking opportunities and a permanent position within the Department with a competitive salary, excellent working conditions and broad opportunities for career development.


I was able to network and really learn and get to know other people. Through those connections I was able to speak to the Finance area and they were very willing to take me on, gave me the opportunities and have now taken me on board.

— Kevin Pek – Data & Analysis

I really liked the idea of DSS being a broad Department with lots of different areas, working with different types and groups of vulnerable people. Everything from multicultural policy, disability, ageing and aged care. I really felt if would be a good.

— Liz Shaw – Generalist

I chose DSS primarily for the career advancement opportunities. Being a first year IT graduate in business engagement, it’s quite tough to find an opportunity like this one.

— Brendan Marty – IT

I chose this job because you have the chance to work in an area that impacts the lives of real people, you get to work on policy and programmes for the people of Australia.

— Fiona Hopkins – Generalist/Legal


Benefits of working at Department of Social Services (DSS)

    • Career opportunities across the Department
    • Challenging high priority work
    • Competitive starting salary and superannuation
    • Extensive learning and development opportunities
    • Flexible Working Hours
    • Generous leave entitlements
    • Guaranteed ongoing employment
    • Relocation assistance (where relevant)
    • Strong community/network of graduates
    • Two five-month work rotations

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