Australian Government Department of Human Services

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Type of Organisation

Australian Government Department

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The department is the Australian Government’s focal point for delivering social and

health-related services and payments to the Australian community. We are responsible

for the design, development, delivery, co-ordination and monitoring of government

services, social security, child support, students, families, aged care, and health

programs and superannuation release.

Through the delivery of health and welfare payments and services, we touch the lives

of around 99 per cent of Australians. We are developing innovative approaches to

improve service delivery in close collaboration with the community and our partner

agencies. As part of this work, the department also provides support to Australians

with changing circumstances, facing financial hardship or suffering from natural disasters.


Locations where there are vacancies for graduates 

Canberra – other locations available dependent on business requirements.


Residency requirements for Graduates wishing to apply

Australian Citizens Only.


Roles available for Graduates 

Generalist pathway – provides two placements, each lasting five months, allowing graduates to participate in diverse projects and learn how different areas operate.

 •    All degrees are eligible.

Professional pathways – provides a single placement, offering graduates the opportunity to focus their career in a particular area and specialise in and develop their skills and experience. Previous Professional pathways offered by the department include:

•    Allied Health
•    Communication
•    Data Analytics
•    Finance
•    Human Resources
•    Information and Communication Technology
•    Law.

Applicants are able to apply for either the Generalist pathway, Professional pathway or both, however you can only participate in one pathway during the program. Graduates are not able to change their pathway once they have commenced in the department.

Degree Subjects Required for Graduates wishing to apply

All degrees are eligible for the Generalist pathway, if you are wanting to apply for a Professional pathway then refer to the information available on our website regarding degree methodology.

To be eligible for our program you must have completed a minimum of an Australian recognised undergraduate degree within three years of the date our applications open.

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Comments from Current Graduates

All of the comments below are anonymously written by current graduates. 

I feel extremely supported and my suggestions are taken on board. If i demonstrate interest in a particular area, my supervisor has taken steps to ensure I am exposed to that area and introduces me to people who are in that area.

Flex time, flexibility, ability to work over the country because it's a large department.

There's investment in industry certifications.


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