Department of Social Services Graduate Program 2019 (Indigenous)

Department of Social Services

APS Level 3, Graduate APS - $60,044 - $65,149

Ongoing, Full-time

Greenway - ACT; Adelaide - SA; Perth - WA

Closing date: Friday, 1 June 2018

11 days to apply

Job description


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.

As a graduate you will have a chance to work on policies and programs that respond to needs 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.

Are you passionate about a career in social policy?
If so, then you should apply to be a graduate in the Department of Social Services.

To find out more about the Department of Social Services visit

You must have a relevant degree in one or more of the following: Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Arts (politics, political science, or sociology), Business, Commerce, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Finance, Human Resources, International Relations, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Social Research, Social Science, or Statistics.

All applicants will be considered for the generalist stream and only have the option to select one specialist stream

• Generalist

o Policy
o Program
o Service Delivery
o Corporate

• Specialist

o Legal
o Data and Analysis
o Finance
o Human Resources
o Public Affairs

If you would like to apply for a specialist stream, you must have completed a qualification in the related discipline.

Please note the majority of our positions are located in Canberra, with limited opportunities available in our State and Territory offices.

IT graduates

If you are interested in going into the IT stream, you will need to apply separately through the Australian Government ICT Graduate Program, administered by Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).

Indigenous graduates

The Department of Social Services is committed to the employment of Indigenous people in its workforce. If you are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander decent, you may be eligible to apply through the Department’s Affirmative Measures – Indigenous pathway.


In order to be eligible to apply for the Graduate Program, please note that you will need to have completed your qualification within the previous 3 years and be willing to participate constructively in probation and performance development during the program.

You must be an Australian citizen to be eligible for employment with the Department of Social Services. Your suitability for employment with the Department will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process which will include a criminal history check.

You may also be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance. You must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information to meet this requirement.


The Graduate Program application process includes several stages including, but not limited to, a written application (link available below), cognitive testing, a video interview, and attendance at an assessment centre which entails work sample tests, group activities and a panel interview.

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:

For more information:

DFP Recruitment Services, 1300 384 442

Position number:

Vacancy N.N. 10725400

Agency website:

Department of Social Services website