Graduate Development Program Frequently asked questions

Q: Does the department provide reasonable adjustments for interviews and duties at work?

Yes. The department will support and accommodate suitable reasonable adjustments to enable candidates to participate in the interview and selection process. Please indicate your specific adjustment needs in your application. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by the department to discuss your adjustment requirements.

For those who are offered positions, individual reasonable workplace adjustments are provided to enable participants to undertake their duties effectively and to perform at their full capability in the workplace.

Q: What other development opportunities does the program offer?

The program offers many opportunities for graduates, which may include:

  • a guided tour of Parliament House in Canberra
  • a short-term placement in Services Australia centres to observe the work that directly benefits Australians
  • short-term placement in a partner organisation including APS Surge Reserve work
  • attending Senate Estimates hearings when the department is scheduled to appear (dependent on capacity restrictions)
  • attendance at Australian Public Service Commission graduate events where you can hear from senior members, participate in activities such as the 'Graduate Hack' and meet other graduates across the APS.

Q: What are the compulsory elements of the program?

To graduate from the program you must:

  • participate in orientation
  • complete 2 work placements (rotations)
  • receive a rating of 'performs well' in your formal performance discussion
  • complete probationary requirements
  • complete your Graduate Development Program logbook, including all mandatory training.

Q: Will I have a central point of contact for help while on the Graduate Development Program?

Yes. Dedicated Entry Level Program Coordinators are the central point of contact for the duration of the program.

Q: What career and personal support will I receive during the program?

You will be allocated a Senior Executive Service mentor who can advise you on your career options. You will also have a 'buddy' who was a former graduate program participant. The department provides opportunities, to all employees, to help with personal and professional development.

Q: Do you support a healthy work environment?

Yes. The department is a COVID-safe working environment. As part of your employment conditions, you will have access to a range of leave options including flex time, annual and personal leave.

The department provides workplace structures, systems and procedures to help staff balance their work, family and other caring responsibilities effectively.

Q: Can I undertake further study while on the program?

The department may support you to undertake further study at the end of the program. Until the program is complete, we encourage graduates to focus on the training available through the program.

Q: Can I resign from my current job when I receive my verbal offer?

We strongly suggest waiting until you have passed all of the pre-employment checks and receive a formal offer of engagement.

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