To get into the Department of Human Services (DHS) National Graduate Program you need to apply through our annual recruitment process via our website. You can find a link here. The recruitment process involves a number of steps including an online application form, online assessment, video interview and attendance at an assessment centre.
These tips will help you through the process:
S - describe a specific situation
T – what was the task you needed to do
A – what action did you do to achieve it
R – what result did you get.
Applications for the 2020 National Graduate Program open in mid-March and close mid-April. Throughout the recruitment process, we keep in contact with our potential candidates via email, phone and our National Graduate Program Facebook page.
Our department is looking for graduates who want to make a positive difference in the lives of Australians. We want the future leaders of the Australian Public Service (APS) to apply. We are committed to providing an inclusive workplace. We value our staff for their unique qualities, ideas and perspectives.
We are looking for graduates with a range of backgrounds, both professionally and from a diversity perspective. We have a Recruitability scheme available to candidates who identify as having a disability. We also have our Affirmative Measures recruitment process for candidates who identify as having a disability or being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians.
We offer 2 pathways on our National Graduate Program. Both pathways allow you to apply your academic education and build your skills and experience. You can apply for the Generalist pathway, Professional pathway or both. However, you can only participate in one pathway and cannot change pathways after you start.
The Generalist pathway is for those who have a degree that doesn’t match a professional discipline.
The Professional pathway lets you focus your career in a particular area. We call these disciplines and there are 6 of them. You must have a degree in either:
Professional pathway applicants should also have a comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues and practices related to your area of expertise or technical discipline.
A well-written application will help you stand out in the first instance. Correct spelling and grammar are extremely important. Show us you have an understanding of our business and the graduate program. Make sure your work and study experience is up to date.
You can show us strong problem-solving skills using examples from your study, volunteer work, and essentially any job you have worked in. Try to relate them back to the graduate program and what you anticipate you will be doing during the graduate year.
Successful applicants will demonstrate:
Applying for and making your way through the selection process for a graduate program can be stressful and time-consuming. Make sure you set aside time for relaxation and recreation to maintain your health and well-being. This is just as important during your career when you will experience the usual challenges and changes in pace that work brings.