Our Graduate Development Program

Lead and shape Australia’s health and aged care system and sporting outcomes through evidence based policy, well targeted programs, and best practice regulation.

Page last updated: 28 March 2018

The department’s graduate development program offers the opportunity to contribute ideas and learn new skills in an environment which draws upon diversity and fosters innovation and high performance.

You don’t have to be a health professional to consider a career with Health. Our diverse policy 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.

Who we are

The Department of Health is the steward of a world class health system. All our employees have a direct impact on shaping the policies and programs that lead Australia’s health, aged care and sporting priorities including medical benefits, acute care, primary health care and population health.
As an employer, we are committed to creating a flexible and adaptable workforce building the capability of our staff, improving our culture and leadership, and investing in career opportunities.

Health Graduate Development Program

The Graduate Development Program is a 10 month program, which commences in February each year. As a graduate in the Department of Health you will undertake three diverse rotations during the course of the program.
The Department of Health Graduate Program is located in Canberra and successful applicants would need to live in Canberra to undertake the role. Relocation assistance is available to those applicants that move to Canberra.

Affirmative Measures (Indigenous) Application Process

The 2019 Graduate Recruitment process now includes an Affirmative Measures (Indigenous) Application Process.

We recognise and value the diverse and extensive knowledge and skills and experiences that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees bring to Health and commit to increasing opportunities for professional and personal development.

Health’s vision is to build a culturally safe and aware workplace environment that is built on mutually respectful relationships and appreciation. Greater cultural understanding within Health will ensure we are appropriately delivering effective health policies and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We also seek to celebrate the importance of identity, community and shared knowledge in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, values and life.

We recognise and value the diverse and extensive knowledge and skills and experiences that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees bring to Health and commit to increasing opportunities for professional and personal development.

Partner Agencies

Digital Transformation Agency (DTA)

The Department participates in the DTAs Digital Graduate Program which provides an opportunity to excel in a digital or technical career. The program provides the opportunity to further develop your skills while working for the Australian Government

Applications open on Monday 5 March for the 2018 Program, to find out more about how you apply please visit the DTA website.

Successful applicants will be integrated into the Department of Health’s Graduate Development Program, however will have additional requirements to fulfil as part the DTA program.

Australian Public Service Commission (APSC)

The department participates in the following Affirmative Measures recruitment processes managed by the Australian Public Service Commission.

GradAccess is a centralised recruitment stream for bringing people with disability into Australian Public Service graduate programs. More information is available on the APSC GradAccess website. Applications for the 2019 program open on 28 May 2018.

The Australian Government Indigenous Graduate Recruitment Program is a centralised stream for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are seeking a career in Australian Public Service graduate programs. Applications for the 2019 program open in May 2018. More information can be found on the IndigenousCareers.gov.au website

Successful applicants join the Department of Health’s Graduate Development Program.

Salary and Conditions

Graduates are engaged as a full-time ongoing APS employee under the Public Service Act 1999 as an APS3 equivalent with a starting salary of $60,161. On successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to an APS4 with an ongoing salary of $68,160. Graduates’ remuneration, employment terms and conditions are outlined in the Health Enterprise Agreement 2016-19.

Eligibility for Health Graduate Development Program

We welcome applications from all Australian citizens who have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent within the last 5 years.

Life after the Graduate Development Program

After successful completion of the Graduate Development Program, you will have a permanent role within the department and will advance under the terms of the department’s Enterprise Agreement. Our graduates are competitively placed at the end of the Graduate Development Program to set you on your career path within the APS.

Workplace diversity and equity in employment

The department has a work environment which draws upon diversity and fosters innovation and high performance. We aim to be an employer of choice, providing an inclusive workplace that is understanding and respectful of differences such as gender, race, disability or age.

You can see more information on the benefits of working at Health, on the website.

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Further information

For further information on our Graduate Development Programme, please contact the Entry Level Programs Team by email. Alternatively, you can call the graduate team on 02 6289 9029.