Graduate Development Program
Join the Department of Social Services to improve the wellbeing of individuals and families in Australian communities.
Applications Open Now
Passionate, ready for a challenge and want to make a difference? Do you want the best start possible to your Australian Public Service career?
Do you have an interest in one of our core skills areas?
- Arts and design
- Business and commerce
- Communications, public relations and media
- Data analysis and statistics
- Interdisciplinary studies
- International relations
- Social science
One of these could be your pathway:
- Data and analysis
- Human resources
Why the Department of Social Services?
The department's mission is to improve the wellbeing of individuals and families in Australian communities. This is achieved through a range of policies, payments, programs and services. The department offers a challenging and rewarding career in a unique and essential social policy environment. Graduates have the chance to make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in Australian society.
The Graduate Development Program includes two rotations of five months, over a ten-month period. These rotations offer graduates the opportunity to contribute to key government initiatives, utilising their studies and experience, while learning from peers and leaders. Graduates are invited to participate in a range of learning and development activities, networking events, and short-term placements in not-for-profit organisations and Services Australia service centres. Graduates are presented with the opportunity to attend Senate Estimates, Parliamentary Question Time and whole-of-government graduate events.
The department is a people-focused organisation with a strong commitment to, and culture of, balancing life and work. Diversity and inclusion are a key focus area for the department, in both its mission and its organisational culture. The department encourages applications from Australian citizens from all over the country. All positions are based in Canberra. The department will fund associated costs with relocation including moving partners, dependants, cars and pets. The department provides up to 21 days accommodation while graduates source long-term accommodation. A permanent job in the department comes with excellent working conditions including a starting salary of up to $69,137, with 15.4% superannuation. Further information on employment conditions can be found in the department's Enterprise Agreement.
Want to know more?
- How to apply
- Diverse and Inclusive Department
- About Canberra
- About the department & Our responsibilities
- Frequently asked questions