Who we are looking for

2015 Streams

Data and Analysis

The Data and Analysis stream enables graduates with numeric and analytical skills to work on strategic social policy initiatives and programs, at the centre of the Australian Government’s social policy agenda. In this stream, you will complete two five-month rotations, during which you will receive on-the-job training and assist in social policy development and advice.

Tori Haar applied for the Graduate Program because of our commitment to providing equal employment opportunities for people with disability. You can read more about her graduate journey with us here.

Graduates in this stream may have the opportunity to:

  • analyse data from sources such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Department of Human Services and surveys such as Household Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia, the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children and the Longitudinal Survey of Indigenous Children
  • build and use complex models that simulate Government policies using programs such as SAS, STATA, Python, Excel and R
  • conduct ad-hoc requests to provide data and statistics that support policy development within the Department
  • undertake quantitative research using large datasets and produce reports that influence policy direction.

During the Graduate Program Data and Analysis graduates will have the chance to learn and improve their skills through a number of in-house training courses, such as statistics and SAS programming courses.

All Data and Analysis graduate positions are based in Canberra.

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

Who we are looking for

We are looking for people who are comfortable working with numbers, enjoy problem solving, pay attention to detail, think strategically and see the big picture. We strongly encourage graduates with quantitative and data skills to apply for this stream.

We are particularly interested in graduates with the following degrees:

  • Actuarial Studies
  • Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Commerce
  • Finance
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Research
  • Social Science.

Finance

DSS manages approximately one-quarter of the Australian Government Budget and is responsible for administering programs totalling more than $80 billion per year.

Lahiru Weerasinghe applied for the Graduate Program to gain experience in a large government department. You can read more about his graduate journey with us here.

As a graduate in the finance stream, you will be offered work in the Financial and Services Group, where you could work on tasks such as:

  • management accounting and business improvement
  • financial reporting, planning and analysis
  • Budget estimates, modelling, costing and strategy
  • taxation
  • financial policy and governance
  • financial systems
  • asset management
  • accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • appropriations and cash management.

DSS uses SAP as its financial management information system. Staff are trained in the use of the core elements of SAP and where appropriate in associated SAP modules such as Asset Management and Budget Allocation Tools.

All finance stream graduate positions are based in Canberra.

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

Who we are looking for

We encourage graduates from the following academic disciplines to apply:

  • business
  • accounting
  • commerce
  • finance
  • economics.

Additional Training

DSS also supports finance graduates to undertake the CPA Program or CA Program.

Generalist

Generalist graduates will work in policy, program, delivery, regulatory, legal and compliance areas and corporate support. The generalist stream gives graduates from all disciplines the opportunity to broaden their career aspects and experience working in a variety of sections within the Department.

Eliza Harris applied for the Graduate Program based on her passion for social policy. You can read more about her graduate journey with us here.

Our generalist graduates have had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of policies, programs and initiatives including:

Under the Administrative Arrangements Order of 18 September, responsibility for Ageing & Aged Care has moved to DSS.  Until the transition arrangements are complete, Ageing & Aged Care content will continue to be available on the Department of Health website.

Positions in the generalist stream are based in Canberra.

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

Who we are looking for

DSS is responsible for an incredibly diverse portfolio, so whatever your degree your skills and knowledge are a valuable addition to DSS and how we work. We are particularly interested in graduates with the following degrees/majors:
Generalist stream

  • arts (politics, political science, sociology)
  • international relations
  • law
  • communications
  • psychology
  • social sciences
  • economics
  • commerce.

Information Technology

If you are an ICT Graduate seeking a position with DSS apply through the Australian Government ICT Graduate Program.

Graduates will complete a graduate development program including networking and professional development opportunities across Government and within the ICT industry.

Our ICT environment provides a range of critical infrastructure and application technologies to support the policy development, program and service delivery business of the Department, including:

  • network operations and service provision and management
  • enterprise grants management (Siebel)
  • geospatial mapping and reporting (MapInfo / Hyperion / SAS and other BI Tools)
  • financial management and HR (SAP)
  • remote service delivery via satellite/NextG/BDSL/ADSL
  • online collaboration tools (Web technologies and SharePoint).

DSS has over 3700 staff across Australia. We have offices in each of the capital cities and a number of regional areas of Australia.

Our technical environment will offer a wide range of infrastructure and applications software components including:

  • Microsoft Windows 2008 Active Directory
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Exchange 2010
  • Lync Live Communication Server 2010
  • SQL Server 2008
  • SharePoint 2010
  • Microsoft Project Server 2010
  • Microsoft System Centre 2012
  • .Net
  • Interwoven/iManage FileSite
  • SAP
  • Siebel CRM
  • Citrix Server 6.0
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Office 2010 Professional
  • DirectAccess
  • Clustering Services
  • Tivoli Storage Manager.

Current hardware includes Dell workstations and laptops, Hewlett-Packard servers and Cisco communications infrastructure. Anti-virus and disk encryption protection software is employed at various levels.

We are committed to continuous improvement of the ICT platform that supports our business. Current strategy includes technical architecture programs that ensure stable and robust ICT that maintain our platforms at technology's leading edge.

All graduate positions in the ICT graduate stream are based in Canberra.

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

What we are looking for

We are looking for enthusiastic IT graduates who can think laterally and innovatively to contribute to developing solutions in key technology and IT process areas for the Department, including:

  • development and management of general support procedures for existing infrastructure
  • IT Security including computer forensics and cyber security
  • development and support of statistical modelling and geospatial (mapping) tools
  • evolution of solution architecture and design approaches
  • portfolio, Program and project management maturity
  • automation of business processes via increased online service delivery.

We are also looking for higher level analytical and conceptual thinking skills and the ability to collaborate across a range of teams and foster the client service culture.

Additional Training

DSS may provide graduates in the ICT stream with specific training including:

  • Siebel
  • SAP
  • Word XML
  • ITIL
  • PRINCE2
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Office suite
  • Microsoft IDOCS
  • .Net.

You will also have access to internal training, industry memberships and professional programs.

Legal

As a graduate in the legal stream you will be offered work in the Department’s Legal Practice which consists of Commercial and Aged Care Law and Public Law branches. 

The Practice is committed to helping our clients deliver on their business outcomes. We value professionalism and strive to deliver high-quality services.

The successful applicant will work closely with our clients to deliver practical solutions to legal issues. The practice is diverse and the successful applicant will utilise and develop skills in a broad range of areas including:

  • Commercial drafting
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Administrative law
  • Legislative development. 

All legal stream graduate positions are based in Canberra and we actively encourage applications from people with disabilities, Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders and people with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Who we are looking for

DSS is looking for motivated law graduates who would be eligible for acceptance into a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or equivalent program.

We are also looking for people who have good communication skills and the ability to develop sound relationships with clients and colleagues.  

Additional Training

As a legal graduate you will receive on-the-job training from experienced Principal Legal Officers. This will be supplemented by our structured Continuing Legal Education CLE program. DSS will also support graduates in this stream to complete their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Content Updated: 17 March 2014