DVA Graduate Development Program Canberra

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

The DVA Graduate Development Program application round for the 2017 intake has now closed. Register on GradAustralia and bookmark DVA to receive alerts when the 2018 application round open in early 2017. In the meantime, start preparing for the next round of applications by reading the job specs below. 

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 be placed in several business areas within DVA, such as the:

  • Secretary's office
  • Commemorations and War Graves Division
  • Rehabilitation and Support Division
  • Health and Community Services Division
  • Corporate Division
  • Business Reform and Defence Relations Branch
  • Legal Services, Assurance and Deregulation Branch
  • Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

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.

Key benefits of the program

DVA offers graduates a range of learning and development opportunities, both internally run and externally facilitated by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC).

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. Buddies are responsible for helping new graduates to transition into working life, navigate the Department and understand general location and work environment information.

All employees of DVA, including graduates, are required to write a performance agreement and participate in regular, ongoing performance feedback with their managers. The performance feedback scheme is designed to ensure that you are staying on track and achieving your key work goals. It also gives you the opportunity to ask questions or identify new projects that you may want to work on within your placement.

External training

Generalist graduates participate in the APSC Graduate Development Program. This program includes around 14 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 2017.

Internal training

A range of internal DVA training is also available, including self-paced e-learning opportunities. Some of the available online courses are Financial Management, Information and Records Management, Rehabilitation and Compensation, Client Services and Interpersonal Skills.

Pay and conditions

The current DVA Enterprise Agreement 2015-18 commenced on Wednesday 13 January 2016 and will expire in three years' time. DVA graduates will be engaged at the Graduate APS classification, and paid at the first pay point of the APS 4 classification with a commencement salary of $67,841. Once the graduate has successfully completed the graduate program, they will automatically be advanced and salary progressed to the top pay point of the APS 4 classification.

DVA offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • allowance for relocation to Canberra to take part in the Graduate Program
  • flexible working hours and conditions to help you balance work and personal life
  • generous superannuation provisions
  • salary sacrifice arrangements
  • ongoing development and training opportunities
  • outstanding work-life balance, including healthy lifestyle allowance
  • four weeks' annual leave per year
  • up to 18 days of personal leave each year to use for personal illness and caring for ill or injured family members
  • access to studies assistance program (after the graduate year).

Who we are looking for:

Generalist Graduates

DVA is looking for people who are 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 and Commerce
  • Communication and Media
  • Education
  • 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.

Indigenous Graduates

DVA is committed to employing and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates from relevant academic fields to apply through the department's yearly graduate recruitment process.

DVA seeks to enhance strong working relations with Indigenous veterans and relevant Australian Government departments and agencies so that it is positioned to:

  • assist in the ongoing work of identifying Indigenous veterans and their dependants to facilitate their access to DVA's services and entitlements
  • assist in gaining recognition of the contribution to the nation by Indigenous veterans through their service
  •  recruit and provide ongoing support, and learning and development opportunities, for Indigenous employees.

DVA actively participates in the APS Pathways Program administered by the Australian Public Service Commission for Indigenous employees. This includes the APS Indigenous Graduate Program, as well as several other whole-of-government employment and development programs for Indigenous Australians. For more information on this program, please visit http://www.apsc.gov.au/priorities/indigenous/indigenous-pathways

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduates

DVA encourages ICT graduates who have completed their degree within the last 7 years to apply through the Australian Government ICT Graduate Programme.

The Programme offers ICT Graduates looking for a challenge with a unique opportunity to apply for a position with numerous Australian Government agencies including DVA. The Programme will offer development opportunities to help you transition into the Australian Government and understand the broader ICT work environment. You will also become a graduate member of the Australian Computer Society to help you strengthen your employment credentials, manage your ICT career, gain new skills and keep your knowledge current.

You will complete a graduate development program and attain a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Business Informatics which includes a development opportunity to complete a major ICT project.

For more information on this program, you can download a brochure from the Australian Government ICT Graduate Programme website.

Our recent accomplishments

DVA recruits a small number of graduates each year, and we are both highly invested and very proud of their success. In recent years, our graduates have won numerous awards, and been selected to participate in further, highly competitive whole of Australian Public Service development programs. During 2015, some of their awards and achievements included:

  • The prestigious Whole of Government ICT Best Project Award (won by DVA graduates for the second year in a row)
  • The Major Project Video Presentation Award, won by a team of our generalist graduates. Another team of our generalist graduates was shortlisted as a finalist in this category.
  • Shortlisting for the Major Project Outstanding Award Category, by two of our teams of generalist graduates.
  • One of our graduates was first speaker in the winning side of the 2015 APS Graduate Great Debate.
  • One of our graduates was also one of a small group of graduates selected from across the Australian Public Service to join the Parliament of Australia Graduate Program for 2016, as an additional development exercise on completion of the DVA graduate program.

Academic requirements

Minimum required level of study: 
Bachelor degree
Degree requirements: 

Other Information

Health, Government & public services, Education & training
Australian Capital Territory
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Start date: 
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Start date: 
Feb 2017
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