The Data and Analysis stream enables graduates with numeric and analytical skills to work on strategic social policy initiatives and programs.
Graduates in this stream will have the opportunity to integrate skills developed in university with on-the-job learning to assist in robust social policy development and advice through activities such as:
- analysing data from administrative sources and surveys
- modelling policy options using a variety of tools
Interested graduates would also have the opportunity to apply and develop more advanced quantitative skills, such as:
- building and using more complex models
- undertaking quantitative research using large data sets.
This work is an essential element of policy development in areas such as income support and family assistance, and their interactions with tax, housing and other policies.
Who we are looking for
We are looking for people who are comfortable working with numbers, enjoy problem solving and have an ability to pay attention to detail, think strategically and see the big picture.
This stream is suited to graduates from diverse educational backgrounds, who are motivated to use their skills to contribute to better social policy outcomes from income support, family payments, housing and related programs.
Graduates with quantitative and data skills are strongly encouraged to apply to this stream. In this stream, you will complete two five-month data and analysis rotations, during which you will receive on-the-job development and meaningful work.
DSS manages approximately one-quarter of the Federal Budget outlays, administering programs totalling more than $80 billion per year.
As a graduate in the finance stream, you will be offered work in the Business and Financial 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
- financial policy and governance
- financial systems
- asset management
- accounts payable and accounts receivable
- appropriations and cash management
DSS, along with other large Government agencies, 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 and DSS strongly encourages applications from diverse backgrounds, and in particular, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates and people with disability.
Who we are looking for
We encourage graduates from the following academic disciplines to apply:
Generalist graduates will work in DSS policy, program, corporate support and legal and compliance areas.
DSS generalist graduates have had the opportunity to work on the following policies, programs and initiatives:
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Problem Gambling
- School Kids Bonus
- Household Assistance Package (HAP)
- Paid Parental Leave Scheme
- National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children
- Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants
- Closing the Gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians
Positions in the generalist stream are based in Canberra.
Who we are looking for
The Department has an incredibly diverse portfolio, so whatever your degree, there will be a suitable area for you to apply your skills and knowledge.
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.
DSS’s 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 3,000 staff in 40 sites around Australia. Regional offices are based in capital cities and across rural Australia.
DSS’s 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
- Interwoven/iManage FileSite
- Siebel CRM
- Citrix Server 6.0
- Windows 7 SP1
- Office 2010 Professional
- Clustering Services
- Tivoli Storage Manager.
Current hardware includes Dell workstations and laptops, primarily Hewlett-Packard servers, and Cisco communications infrastructure. Anti-virus and disk encryption protection software is employed at various levels.
DSS is committed to continuous improvement of the ICT platform that supports the Department's 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 and DSS strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates and people with disability.
What we are looking for
DSS is 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
- 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.
DSS may provide graduates in the ICT stream with specific ICT training including:
- Word XML
- Microsoft SharePoint
- Microsoft Office suite
- Microsoft IDOCS
You will also have access to internal training, industry memberships, and professional programs through the Australian Computer Society.