Department of Veterans' Affairs 2018 Graduate Development Program

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No. of vacancies: 
Applications Open: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Applications Close: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Canberra, ACT. Generalist graduate positions will be located in Civic. ICT graduate positions will be located in Tuggeranong.

The DVA Graduate Development Program is a structured 11-month development program designed to give you exposure to the broad range of important work DVA undertakes, whilst propelling you into a successful career within the Australian Public Service. Three work placements are offered to you over the year. These placements provide you with the opportunity to build networks and knowledge in several business areas within DVA.

Key benefits of the program

Our program offers you the opportunity to make a real impact. We are dedicated to service, and we are looking for people who are committed to make a difference. Our program is small and intimate, and we value our graduates highly. You will be visible and will interact with our most senior leaders early and throughout the program. You will also be challenged, participating in a whole-of-sector graduate development program will completing three work rotations and a major team project. Are you ready to take off?

Who we are looking for

DVA is looking for people who are service-oriented, innovative, flexible and motivated to work in a challenging and rewarding team environment. DVA welcomes all ages and recruits from most disciplines. We are particularly interested in graduates with degrees in:

  • Business, Commerce, Accounting, and Finance
  • Economics and Health Economics
  • Statistics, Data Analytics, and related disciplines
  • Communications and Media
  • Health and Community
  • Law and Policy
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences

You will also need to:

  • have good communication and interpersonal skills
  • be committed to customer service and achieving results
  • be flexible, adaptable and self-motivated
  • have well developed conceptual and analytical abilities.

DVA values diversity and its graduates reflect a range of backgrounds, study areas, qualifications, ages, work and life experiences, and come from across Australia.

DVA is committed to employing and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates to apply.

State location visit

You will be given the opportunity to travel interstate for one week to work in a state office. DVA's state offices are located in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, and Tasmania. This insightful visit will allow you to see how DVA operates at the front line, and will provide you with exposure to the distinctive roles that each state office performs.

After the graduate program

Once you have successfully completed the Graduate Development Program, you will be offered an ongoing (permanent) position with DVA. If you would like to further develop in your career after the graduate year, you are welcome to apply for short-term opportunities and promotions into other positions within DVA, and at any of the state offices around Australia.

Orientation Week

The graduate program commences in February each year and begins with an Orientation Week, which includes meetings with senior executives and management as well as networking sessions.

Mentoring and support

Graduate supervisors at DVA are carefully selected, and possess leadership skills and required knowledge to provide you with support throughout your graduate year (and beyond). In addition, graduates are provided with "Buddies" (previous year graduates) for the year.

External training

Generalist graduates participate in the APSC Graduate Development Program. This program includes around 13 days of face-to-face training, a major project and coaching sessions. The APSC Graduate Development Program will enable graduates to articulate into a Master of Public Administration at the Australian National University, the University of Canberra or CPA Australia following completion, if they wish.

To successfully complete the APSC Graduate Development Program, it is a requirement for graduates to attend all components.

Graduate events

Graduates also participate in whole of government graduate events, four of which are expected to be scheduled over the course of 2018.

Academic requirements

Minimum required level of study: 
Bachelor degree

Other Information

Accountancy & advisory, Government & public services, Health
Australian Capital Territory
Accepts applications from students / graduates requiring a work permit?: 
Start date: 
Specific date
Start date: 
Feb 2018
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