2019 Graduate Program - Indigenous Stream

Department of the Environment and Energy

Graduate APS - $65,363 - $71,862

Ongoing, Full-time

Canberra - ACT

Closing date: Monday, 26 March 2018

5 days to apply

Job description


This employment opportunity has been identified as open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within the meaning of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 as per section 26 of the Australian Public Service Commissioners Directions 2016.

The Department designs and implements Australian Government policy and programs to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage, promote climate action, and provide adequate, reliable and affordable energy. Our portfolio responsibilities are high profile, diverse and interesting. We are passionate about delivering sustainable work programs that span environmental regulation, program delivery and scientific research.

What we offer graduates:
The best thing about working for us is the environment. To prepare you for the future workforce requirements we will leverage the unique expertise you bring to the organisation and provide you with the skills and experiences you need to fulfil your career with the Department. We have a committed, dynamic and positive workforce where people are supportive, energetic, respected and valued. You will develop your personal and professional skills with interesting and meaningful work.

We are seeking Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander graduates from a range of disciplines who are motivated to establish their careers while contributing to the Australian community. The Department recognises the valuable and significant contribution that can be made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through their connection with and responsibility for land, water and heritage.

Over a 16 month period, as a graduate you will:
• Work on the development and implementation of new policies and programs which will have an impact nationwide or internationally.
• Undertake four work rotations and experience the diversity of the Department’s work, potential opportunities include working with the Australian Antarctic Division in Tasmania, Kakadu National Park or the Science Division in Darwin.
• Complete a comprehensive learning and development program, including ongoing individual development and career progression.
• Access to a network of people including a dedicated graduate team and senior executive mentors who will provide guidance and support.
• Undertake work that challenges and provides you with opportunities to draw on and develop your skills.
• Enjoy flexible work arrangements and excellent work conditions that promote work/life balance.
• Receive relocation assistance if moving from interstate.
• Receive a competitive remuneration package with salary/level advancement during, and on successful completion of the program.

The Environment and Energy Graduate Program combines the Indigenous, GradAbility, Internal and general streams to create one diverse and supportive cohort.

We offer a competitive program with graduates engaged as full-time employees commencing at the APS3 level ($65,363 per annum plus superannuation) and progressing to the APS4 level ($65,877 per annum plus superannuation) part way through the program. On successful completion of the program, graduates will advance to the APS5 level ($71,862 per annum plus superannuation). In addition to the competitive remuneration package, graduates will obtain a formal qualification through our formal learning and development program.


To be eligible to apply for the program, graduates must meet the following criteria:
• Be an Australian Citizen, or will be granted Australian citizenship before January 2019.
• Have completed at least a three-year degree by 31 December 2018 or have completed a degree in the last five years (January 2014 onwards).
• Can provide evidence of your Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander Heritage.
• Have the ability to obtain and maintain a baseline security clearance
• Be willing to relocate to Canberra, ACT.


The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

This vacancy has been nominated for filling within the agencys graduate program. A graduate program is a structured, on the job program, designed to introduce graduates to an APS organisation. Successful applicants receive training and development, mentoring and on the job support.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see: http://www.apsc.gov.au/priorities/disability/recruitability.

For more information:

Entry Level Programs Team, (02) 6274 2200

Position number:

Vacancy N.N. 10721249

Agency website:

Department of the Environment and Energy website