DSS Graduate Program

Want to make a difference 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. It’s more than just a job.

Apply now to join the Department of Social Services (DSS) Graduate Development Program and start a challenging and meaningful career at the heart of the Australian Government's social policy agenda.

Applications for the 2018 Graduate Program are open between 20 March and 20 April 2017 – APPLY HERE.

The 2018 Graduate Development Program recruitment process will be managed by DFP Recruitment Services. If you have any questions about the process or would like more information about the DSS Graduate Development Program, contact:

DFP Recruitment Services
Email: dss.graduates@dfp.com.au
Phone: 1300 384 442

The DSS Graduate Development Program

The Department of Social Services is the Australian Government’s lead agency in the development and delivery of social policy, and is working to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. We are responsible for a quarter of the Australian Government Budget, responding to need across people’s lives, encouraging independence and participation, and supporting a cohesive society.

The Department (DSS) offers between 70 and 80 places in our challenging and rewarding Graduate Development Program each year.

The Program is a 10 month development program which has been running since 1998 attracting graduates from around Australia from a diverse range of academic disciplines.

The overall aim of the Graduate Development program is to attract and recruit high calibre graduates with the skills and capabilities required by DSS to deliver its strategic outcomes.

The Department therefore seeks interest from Graduates who are committed to the values of the Department and will work to make a difference to the lives of all Australians.

About DSS

Our role is to:

  • Provide evidence-based and whole-of-department social policy advice to the ministers and government
  • Implement the government’s decisions
  • Have productive, collaborative relationships
  • Ensure government and society are well placed to meet the social policy challenges of the future
  • Create a productive and supportive workplace

Our policies and services respond to need across people’s lives, encourage independence and participation, and support a cohesive society.
We achieve our mission through 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.

About the Program

Our Graduate Program provides you with diverse career opportunities across the Department and gives you the chance to make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. 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.

Here a just a few of the benefits:

  • Guaranteed ongoing employment.
  • Two five-month work rotations.
  • Meaningful and challenging high priority work.
  • Competitive starting salary and superannuation benefits.
  • Relocation assistance if you join DSS from outside the ACT.
  • The opportunity to work on policies and programs that directly affect the wellbeing of people and families in Australia.
  • Diverse career opportunities across the Department.
  • Strong community/network of graduates.
  • Extensive learning and development opportunities.
  • Excellent employment conditions, including flexible working hours and generous leave entitlements.

Salary

Under the current DSS Enterprise Agreement 2015 -2018 you will start at the APS 3 level with a 15.4 per cent employer superannuation contribution. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Program and including meeting program requirements, you will be advanced to an APS Level 4.

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 throughout the Graduate Program. Graduates undertake a tailored development program that includes a blend of mandatory digital and face to face courses, as well as optional events.

The Graduate Learning and Development Program also incorporates a range of mandatory and elective internally delivered courses and events.

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 harmony

We are a people-based organisation with a strong commitment and culture to balancing life and work. Under our current Enterprise Agreement, we support this by offering:

  • flexible working hours
  • generous leave entitlements including cultural and ceremonial leave, community volunteering leave, parental leave, maternity leave and personal/carers leave
  • Christmas and Easter closedowns.

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

Who are we looking for?

If you are looking for a challenge and want to make a difference to the lives of Australians, we are recruiting graduates for 2018 in the following streams:

  • Generalist
  • Data and analysis
  • Public affairs specialist
  • Legal
  • Finance

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 also actively encourage applications from people with disability and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are also strongly encouraged to apply and applicants will experience a streamlined entry to the program through a culturally appreciative pathway.

As a graduate you will have a chance to work on policies and programs that respond to need across people’s lives – looking after families, children and older people; providing a safety net for people who cannot fully support themselves; enhancing the wellbeing of people with high needs; assisting people who need help with care; and supporting a diverse and harmonious society.

To apply for a specialist stream, you must have completed a qualification in a related discipline.

We also actively encourage applications from people with disability and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are also strongly encouraged to apply and applicants will experience a streamlined entry to the program through a culturally appreciative pathway.

As a graduate you will have a chance to work on policies and programs that respond to need across people’s lives – looking after families, children and older people; providing a safety net for people who cannot fully support themselves; enhancing the wellbeing of people with high needs; assisting people who need help with care; and supporting a diverse and harmonious society.

Please note all positions are located in Canberra, ACT with limited opportunity to work in the State and Territory network offices.

APPLY NOW to make a difference

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