2019 Graduate Development Program (Affirmative Measures – Indigenous Stream)

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Graduate APS - ~ $63,952

Ongoing, Full-time

Canberra - ACT

Closing date: Friday, 20 April 2018

30 days to apply

Job description


The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources helps drive a stronger Australian economy by building a more profitable, resilient and sustainable agriculture sector, and by supporting the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources.

The department has a diverse role as a policy adviser to government, researcher, program administrator, service provider, market access negotiator and regulator. Our work contributes to strengthening Australia’s primary industries, delivering better returns to primary producers at the farm gate, protecting Australia from animal and plant pests and diseases, and improving the health of Australia’s rivers and freshwater ecosystems.

We are specialists
The department delivers a broad range of services to the wider Australian community as well as internally to departmental staff. We are a professional organisation comprising of people from all disciplines including science, economics, regulation, policy, service delivery, financial, legal and human resources.

The Job
The department is offering a 12 month graduate development program in 2019.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates will be supported on their journey through:
• the new Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–19 that recognises and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ customs, traditions and diversity
• committed and passionate executive level Indigenous Champions
• an active and supportive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee network with Indigenous Ambassadors in each office location
• comprehensive mentoring and assistance programs and the opportunity to become a mentor to other staff
• Reconciliation and NAIDOC week celebrations
• opportunities to participate in leadership and talent development programs
• a welcoming and inclusive workplace culture.

This process may be used to fill graduate positions in other agencies within the agriculture portfolio, including the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Highlights of the program
Through the department’s Graduate Development Program you will receive:
• a five day industry visit, providing you with a rich on the job learning experience, and the opportunity to meet with stakeholders and complete a research project
• workplace rotations, allowing you to experience the diversity of work undertaken by the department
• a Diploma of Government
• an opportunity to compete for a work placement within one of the department’s portfolio agencies or offices outside of Canberra
• a targeted suite of training to become an effective policy or program officer
• a visit to the Minister’s Office and opportunity to gain exposure to parliamentary proceedings
• an attractive remuneration package, including progression to an APS Level 4 on successful completion of the program.

We are looking for motivated and dynamic graduates from a diverse range of disciplines who want to make a real difference to Australia’s agriculture, fisheries, forestry and water resources.


Desirable Qualifications
Accounting, Agriculture, Arts, Business/Commerce, Communications/Media, Economics, Environmental Science, Finance, Human Resources, Computer Science, IT/ICT, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, information Science, Law, Veterinary Science, Entomology, Plant Science, Maths, Statistics and Analysis, Data and Intelligence Analytics.

To be eligible for the departments Graduate Development Program you must:
• be an Australian citizen
• complete your Degree before commencement of the program*
• be willing to undergo and maintain a police check and security clearance
• be willing to undergo a health check
• be willing to relocate to Canberra.

*Please note that there is no timeframe as to when you must have completed your degree. Although a minimum academic standard is not set, your academic transcript will be taken into consideration as part of the assessment process

These positions require a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level. To be eligible for employment with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, an applicant must be an Australian citizen. An applicants suitability for employment with the department will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process. This process includes a requirement for the applicant to undergo and satisfy a police history check, referee checks, character clearance and where relevant a pre-employment medical assessment, specified mandatory qualification(s) validation and/or a period of 6 months probation. An applicant must also be willing and eligible to undergo and maintain an Australian Government security clearance to the appropriate level if applied to the advertised position. Any applicant that, in the course of their work, requires unescorted access within an aviation or maritime security zone will be required to obtain and maintain an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) or Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC).


Please note that applications for these positions close at 11:00pm on 20 April 2018.

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.

For more information:

Ignite, 1800 263 491

Position number:

Vacancy N.N. 10721956

Agency website:

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website