DSS Graduate Program

Department of Social Services Graduate Program 2014

Want to make a difference and be at the centre of social policy

The Department of Social Services (DSS) offers a challenging and meaningful career at the heart of the Australian Government's social policy agenda.

We have a central role in delivering policies and programs 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.

If you are looking for a challenge and want to make a difference, we are recruiting graduates for 2015 in the following streams:

Are you an information technology guru? We are also taking IT graduates through the Australian Government ICT Graduate Program. If you’re interested in working for us you can nominate DSS as your preferred placement.

We want you!

We are looking for individuals who want a challenging career in the Australian Government and want to work to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families.

We actively encourage applications from people with disabilities, Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, and people with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.


To be a part of the DSS Graduate Program you must also meet the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen at the time of application
  • have completed your last tertiary study less than three years prior to commencement
  • provide evidence of your qualifications
  • undergo identification, health, character and security checks.

You will not need to address any Selection Criteria before or during the application process. Selection Criteria is assessed throughout the recruitment process rather than incorporating it into the application stage as other Departments may do. By doing it this way, we have attempted to streamline the application process as much as possible in consideration of your time.

If successful the Public Service Act 1999 (amongst other legislation) will apply to your employment. You will be required to uphold the APS Values and comply with the Code of Conduct.

If you are an Australian citizen and you gained your qualification at an overseas institution, you can still apply for the DSS Graduate Program. However, you will need to get your qualification recognised in Australia before you apply.

For information about recognition of an international qualification, contact Australian Education International (AEI).

Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people with disability are strongly encouraged.

Please note all our positions are located in Canberra, ACT.

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