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What we offer our graduates

A chance to make a difference

One of the best reasons to work for the department is that our programs have a direct everyday impact on the community.

As a graduate with Health, you will help lead and shape Australia’s health and ageing systems and sporting outcomes. You will develop and implement evidence-based policies and programs across a wide range of issues.

Your work will affect the lives of real Australians.

Help with relocation costs

If you relocate from interstate to take part in the program, we will help with some fares and removal expenses.

We will:

  • arrange for the removal and storage of furniture and personal belongings
  • help with some short-term accommodation expenses when you arrive, to give you time to find a place to live
  • help with some of your family’s relocation expenses if they are relocating as well

You will find out more when the selection process has been finalised.

Three work rotations

Through your 3 rotations, you will get involved in the health, sport and ageing issues being targeted by the Australian Government.

  • Your first rotation is usually in the division that has agreed to place you permanently when you successfully complete the program.
  • In your second and third rotations you will experience a variety of work in different areas of the department.
  • At the end of the program you will usually return to your first division

At first, your role will be to learn and assist. Your responsibilities will increase as your skills and knowledge grow. You will work in a team environment so you can develop administrative, interpersonal and project management skills.

Competitive salary

As a graduate, you will be a full-time ongoing APS employee under the Public Service Act 1999.

With Health, you will:

  • start as an APS3 equivalent
  • advance to an APS4 on successful completion of the program

Full details of graduate salaries, employment terms and conditions are outlined in our current Enterprise Agreement.

Social activities

On a more social level, you will have access to the Canberra Social Network of Graduates (SnoG).

You will be 'in good company' — hundreds of graduates start work with various government departments in Canberra each year. This network is a useful source of both work and social contacts.

Learning and development

We provide a learning and development program that teaches you how government works and helps you develop skills for a successful career in the APS. This includes:

  • Mandatory training: These courses cover topics such as understanding government, and workplace health and safety.
  • Elective events: The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) run a number of events for graduates, including a welcome to the APS, GradHack and advice from senior executive service leaders (SES).
  • On-the-job training: Extensive on-the-job training will help you to realise and meet your full potential.
  • Buddy and mentoring opportunities: Learn from colleagues and our more senior officers.

An inclusive workplace

We make our workplace as inclusive as possible and value the diversity of our staff in terms of their gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, disability and age.

Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Living in Canberra

Canberra is a modern and vibrant city with a population of more than 350,000 people. Everything is close, making travel to and from work quick and easy.

Find out more about living and working in Canberra.

Opportunities after the program

If you complete the program successfully, you are guaranteed a permanent APS4 position in the department.

Keep in mind that if you want to return to your home state at the end of the program, there are very limited opportunities in our state and territory offices.

Benefits for all Health staff

There are also many benefits enjoyed by all health employees. Read more about the benefits of working at Health.

How to apply for the graduate program

Last updated: 
17 September 2018