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The graduates we are looking for

We welcome applications from highly motivated graduates who are prepared to tackle complex issues.

Subject area knowledge

Our diverse work means we need graduates in a range of areas including, but not limited to:

  • accounting and finance
  • communications and marketing
  • data analytics and statistics
  • economics and econometrics
  • health, health care planning and population health
  • human resources (HR)
  • information and knowledge management
  • information technology (IT)
  • law
  • pharmacy
  • psychology
  • research
  • science, including biochemistry, chemistry and medical science

Skills you need

We need graduates who:

  • are not afraid of a challenge
  • have strong analytical skills
  • have great organisational skills
  • have excellent communication skills
  • can work as part of a team
  • are prepared for issues that can be difficult but rewarding

What our graduates say

Hear from some graduates who have been through our program.


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My name’s James, and I’m a graduate at the Australian Government Department of Health. How did I end up at Health? I majored in environmental studies at University, which you might not think is particularly relevant to the job, but Health looks for graduates with all kinds of skills, from lawyers to writers, designers and policy makers.

Because I didn’t have a clear idea of how I wanted to use what I’d learned at University, I saw the grad program as a chance to explore a variety of options for my career.

One of the best things about the grad program is that you undertake three rotations in your first year. Each rotation is in a different area of the Department’s work. This is a great way to find out what kind of work suits you and your areas of interest, especially if you don’t have a strong idea after graduating.

Being at the start of my career, having diversity in the work I’ve been exposed to has given me a clearer sense of where to go from here. The Department is also very supportive of allowing grads to progress in areas that interest them, so I know I’m building skills that will set me up for the future.

The other big plus for me is being involved in work that positively affects the lives of everyday Australians. It’s nice to go home at the end of the day and know you’re making a difference. Being a grad opens doors too. You get to meet people at different levels of the Department and in different areas, and that’s good for making friends as well as for your career.

The lifestyle that comes with working here is also great. It’s a flexible work environment that can take into account your responsibilities outside of work. And some people might disagree, but I like Canberra. I grew up here and decided to move back after Uni. It’s changed a lot in recent years. There are great restaurants, small bars and the lifestyle is relaxed. Combined with good, affordable housing and virtually no commute, it’s hard to pass up.

For me, the decision to apply to be a grad at the Australian Government Department of Health was easy, and I’m glad I made that decision. I’ve been given access to a variety of work that’s helping me develop my skills and advance my career. Even better, the work I do here genuinely affects the lives of everyday Australians.

My advice, apply now.

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My name’s Lucinda, and I’m a graduate at the Australian Government Department of Health. I have a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Monash University and a Master of Human Nutrition from Deakin University.

Through my studies I developed a real interest in disease prevention, so for me when I graduated I knew that the Department of Health was a perfect fit.

I would describe myself as ambitious. I want the work I do now to set me up to succeed in the future. I think that’s why I found being at Health so valuable. There are opportunities to develop a range of skills, not just those in your direct area of expertise. Because of this, I know I have the best opportunities to expand my skillset and to further my career.

It’s also important to me that my work directly relates to the health and wellbeing of all Australians. At the moment I’m in an area which influences food and nutrition policy across the country. We’re tackling the challenge presented by high rates of overweight and obese Australians. It’s great to know my work helps people be happier and healthier.

Other benefits of the grad program? Going into the workforce for the first time can be challenging, but in the grad program you have a lot of support. For me, that made the transition into the workplace much easier. There’s also a real social aspect to the grad program.

I made the move to Canberra for work, but there are some things from my home town of Melbourne that I miss. The Canberra lifestyle has its own benefits. There are great cafes, restaurants, and the city is easy to get around and live in.

The Australian Government Department of Health’s graduate program offers all graduates access to a great lifestyle, career acceleration and the chance to make a real difference to the lives of everyday Australians.

My advice, apply now.

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Last updated: 
19 November 2018