Who are we looking for?

The Department of Health is looking for highly motivated graduates who are prepared to tackle complex subjects which affect the lives of Australians every day.

Page last updated: 08 March 2017

This means our graduates need to be people who:

  • are not afraid of a challenge
  • have talent potential
  • have strong analytical skills
  • have great organisational skills
  • have excellent communication skills
  • can work as part of a team, and
  • are prepared for issues that can be difficult, yet also rewarding.
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.

To be eligible for these positions you must be an Australian Citizen on commencement of the program in February 2019.

The successful applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.

To be eligible you must have completed at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent within the last 5 years.

You do not need a degree in a health-related subject, although you should have a genuine interest in health-related issues and working in a public service environment. We consider applicants with an undergraduate degree (minimum of a Bachelor’s degree) from a broad range of disciplines including, but by no means limited to, the following:
  • accounting and finance
  • biochemistry
  • chemistry
  • communications
  • data analysis
  • economics
  • econometrics
  • health
  • human resources (HR)
  • information and knowledge management
  • information technology (IT)
  • law
  • marketing
  • medical science
  • pharmacy
  • population health
  • psychology
  • science, and
  • statistics.
To help you understand how your qualifications relate to the work of the department, please refer to: The department is committed to maintaining its diverse workforce and representing the community. As such applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex (LGBTI) and women and men in non-traditional occupations are keenly sought.
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