Why choose DSS

Want to make a difference and have a rewarding career?

Our Graduate Program gives you the chance to make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society with diverse career opportunities across the Department. The ten-month program offers graduates training and networking opportunities and a permanent position within the Department with a competitive salary, excellent working conditions and broad opportunities for career development.

Why choose DSS:

  • Meaningful and challenging work
  • Competitive starting salary and superannuation benefits
  • Diversity of career opportunities across the Department
  • Extensive learning and development opportunities including a formal qualification (Diploma of Government)
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous leave entitlements, including Christmas and Easter shutdowns
  • Flex leave and overtime for additional hours worked
  • Relocation assistance if you join DSS from outside the ACT
  • Possible opportunities to complete a rotation at one of our offices around the country.
  • DSS provides excellent employment conditions


Your starting salary will be between $54,290 and $60,803 with a 15.4 per cent employer superannuation contribution.

Relocation assistance

You will be able to access our relocation assistance if you join DSS from outside the ACT.

For more information on our employment conditions you can read our Enterprise Agreement.

Training and development

We provide comprehensive internal and external training and development activities. DSS Graduates complete Diploma of Government training through CIT Solutions.
The Diploma of Government meets the needs of learning and development of first year Graduate placements within DSS. It is designed to build on your undergraduate degree and help you transfer the knowledge and skills gained at university to the Australian Public Service work environment.  

The Diploma covers many topics including:

  • working effectively in the Australian Public Service
  • project management
  • professional writing
  • data and analysis.

Graduates are also offered networking opportunities with senior executives and mentoring from former graduate program participants.

DSS has a strong commitment to ongoing learning and development beyond the Graduate Program, offering a number of training opportunities, professional development courses and access to study leave.

Work/life balance

We are a people-based organisation with a strong commitment and culture to balancing life and work. We support work/life balancing by offering:

  • flexible working hours
  • generous leave available including cultural leave, NAIDOC Week leave, community volunteering leave, sabbatical leave, parental leave, carers leave, maternity leave and moving days
  • Christmas and Easter closedowns.

For more information on our employment conditions you can read our Enterprise Agreement.

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