Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Environment & agriculture
  • Government & public services

What it does: Assists the agriculture, aquaculture and forestry industries|
Staff stats: 5000 employees
The good bits: Variety of work available
The not so good bits: The department has gone through lots of change recently
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration; Health & Medical Sciences; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Law & Legal Studies; Sciences

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources story
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) is the latest in a long line of government departments responsible for the policies and programs aimed at Australia’s agriculture, aquaculture and forestry industries. The department came into being in 2015, shortly after Malcolm...

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What it does: Assists the agriculture, aquaculture and forestry industries|
Staff stats: 5000 employees
The good bits: Variety of work available
The not so good bits: The department has gone through lots of change recently
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration; Health & Medical Sciences; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Law & Legal Studies; Sciences

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources story
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) is the latest in a long line of government departments responsible for the policies and programs aimed at Australia’s agriculture, aquaculture and forestry industries. The department came into being in 2015, shortly after Malcolm Turnbull became Prime Minister and shifted the water portfolio to the then Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

DAWR is committed to supporting agricultural communities, growing agricultural, seafood and forestry exports, protecting water and other natural resources and managing biosecurity and imported food risk. DAWR staff can be found working in airports, abattoirs, laboratories mail centres, offices and shipping ports throughout the country.

The culture
Some of DAWR’s goals for 2018 include ensuring women comprise 50 per cent of new commencements in different departmental divisions; increasing the overall participation of women in different divisions to 45 per cent and increase the uptake of flexible work arrangements to 35 per cent. DAWR has released a Gender Equality Commitment Statement, adopted a Workplace Gender Equality Diagnostic Tool to benchmark its current performance, developed a Family and Domestic Violence Reference Guide and facilitated focus groups to explore gender equality issues.

DAWR staff have access to a range of diversity networks. These include the LGBTI Pride Network, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Employee’ Network, Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Network, Disability Employee’s Network, Women’s Integrated Network and the Carers and Flexible Employees’ Network.

DAWR has gold member status with the Australian Network on Disability and its Reconciliation Action Plan, Growing Reconciliation, is highly regarded by Reconciliation Australia.

Social Contribution
Having a thriving agriculture and aquaculture industry, plenty of timber and a reliable water supply is crucial both to the country’s ability to survive and prosper economically. As a DAWR staffer, you’ll be helping support and grow vital industries.

The recruitment process
If you’re interested in DAWR’s Graduate Development Program, you need to make an online application. This will involve uploading your CV and academic transcript, as well as a one page pitch.

If you are shortlisted after application, you will be invited to undertake other assessments. A shortlist will be produced after each assessment at which time you will be notified of the outcome. These assessments can take many months to complete, with official offers being made in September/October 2018. These assessments are designed to test your leadership potential, creativity and collaborative disposition. DAWR seeks staff who are motivated, good communicators, team players, critical thinkers and willing to use their initiative.  

DAWR offers a number of graduate streams. They are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Human Resource Management
  • Science
  • Generalist
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Information and Communication Technology stream
  • ABARES Entry Level Professional Program

We may also use this process to fill graduate positions in other agencies within the agriculture portfolio, including the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)

The program runs for 12 months, with all positions based in Canberra. You will be required undergo a medical assessment and obtain and maintain a security clearance to a Negative Vetting 1 level.

Whichever stream you nominate, you’ll get a comprehensive overview of how the department operates. You’ll also experience a five-day industry visit where you will meet with stakeholders, undertake a research project. You can also apply for four week work placement within one of the department’s portfolio agencies or regional offices.

Remuneration
The 2019 intake graduates receive a salary of $62,698 plus 15.4 per cent employer superannuation. DAWR staff get flexible working conditions, paid leave entitlement, reimbursement for health and fitness activities and paid study leave. Graduates also receive generous relocation assistance.

The vibe of the place

If you’re worried about leaving friends and family behind to move to Canberra, rest assured you’ll have plenty of support and opportunities to socialise with your fellow grads and other DAWR staff members. DAWR’s Graduate Alumni Network hosts meetings and events for past and present grads. There are also lots of formal and informal opportunities to network with people doing grad programs at other government departments.  

If you like interacting with a wide variety of people, doing work that has a real impact on people’s lives and are the passionate type, you should enjoy working at DAWR.

 

From the Employer:

Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources develops and implements policies and programs to ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable, and supports the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources. We have about 5000 staff working in offices, airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs; located in regional centres, rural communities and capital cities.

Each year we employ graduates from a broad range of disciplines, across areas of science, economics, finance, ICT, Human Resource Management, program
and policy implementation.

We are looking for enthusiastic graduates who have a passion for exciting and challenging work, are results oriented and understand the importance of what the department does.

In 2019, help us make a difference and become part of our story.

At the Department of Agriculture and Water
Resources we value diversity, recognising that people of different backgrounds, work styles and cultures, all combine to give the department an advantage in meeting stakeholder needs.

Our graduates come to the department from all across Australia and have a broad range of academic qualifications, work
and life experiences. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability are encouraged to apply.

In 2019 the department is offering an exciting
12 month graduate program that is designed to give you the skills and capabilities to meet our broad program and policy deliverables within our innovative and progressive department.

Some highlights of our program include:

  • Three workplace rotations
  • A five day industry visit, providing you with a rich on the job learning experience, and the opportunity to meet with stakeholder and complete a research project
  • Executive engagement
  • An opportunity to apply for a work placement within one of the department’s portfolio agencies or regional offices
  • A visit to the Minister’s Office, Senate Estimates and Parliament House to gain exposure to parliamentary proceedings
  • Inclusion into our graduate network, access to a buddy and senior executive Graduate Champion
  • A targeted suite of learning and development to support  your development through the program

Professional Streams

The department offers a number of graduate streams each working directly on projects to achieve our objectives. These streams include:

  • Generalist (all degree disciplines including communications, international relations, and many more)
  • Science ( degrees including veterinary and applied science, environment science, plant science, ecology and biology)
  • Human Resource Management (degrees include, business management, psychology, employee relations, corporate sustainability, cross cultural management)
  • Finance and Accounting (degrees including accounting, commerce)
  • ICT (degrees including Information and Communications Technology, software engineering, business including business informatics, data and project management)
  • ABARES Entry Level Professional Program – it is highly desirable that applicants hold an honours-level degree or above in economics, econometrics, statistics, mathematics, modelling, spatial analyses, fisheries, forestry, environmental science or social science.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (all degree disciplines)

We encourage all suitably qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates to apply for our specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stream. These positions will be recruited under the government’s affirmative measures policy.

We may also use this process to fill graduate positions in other agencies within the agriculture portfolio, including the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Work with the best and become part of our story

  • a Graduate APS 3.03 salary of $62,698 plus a generous 15.4% employer superannuation provision
  • generous relocation assistance to Canberra
  • flexible working hours that assist you to balance your work and personal life
  • substantial leave provision of four weeks annual leave and four weeks personal leave per year
  • access to a gym and an annual healthy lifestyle payment
  • a challenging and structured career path
  • On successful completion of the Program advancement to an APS 4 classification.

Support Network

As a graduate you will receive support to assist in your transition to the department and life in Canberra. This includes support from the Graduate Development Program managers, trained supervisors, experienced training facilitators and a network of current and previous graduates. Throughout the year you will have numerous opportunities to give and receive feedback on your individual progress.

Our department proudly supports the many diversity networks, which you can become a part of when joining the department. The networks host regular meetings and celebrate flagship events.

  • Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Network
  • Disability Employees’ Network
  • Carers and Flexible Employees’ Network
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employees’ Network
  • Women’s Integrated Network
  • LGBTI Pride Network

Social Network of Graduates

The Social Network of Graduates is a network made up of graduates from numerous public and private sector organisations and offers a variety of social activities and events for its members throughout the graduate year.

It is a great way to meet other graduates and provides valuable support to those who have recently moved to Canberra. Should you choose to become a member, the department will cover the cost of your membership fee throughout your graduate year.

APPLICATION AND ELIGIBILITY

To help us achieve our goals and foster our positive workplace culture we are seeking graduates with the following characteristics:

  • Aspiring leaders – you willingly tackle important issues
  • Creative minds – you are open to doing things differently to achieve success
  • Future thinkers – you anticipate and adapt to new situations
  • Compassionate – you are mindful of the impact you have on others
  • Responsive and collaborative individuals – you make things happen and build on partnerships to succeed.

To complement these characteristics, you will also have the following skills and attributes:

  • High motivation
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • Well-developed critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to use initiative and be a flexible team member.

Applications

Applications for the 2019 Graduate Development Program will open in March 2018

Within a specific work limit you will have to submit a one page pitch detailing what you can offer the department. You will also be required to upload a copy of your CV and academic transcript.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ABARES Entry Level Professional Program (ELPP) for graduates has its own application process. For information on eligibility and how to apply for this program go to the ABARES Careers webpage (http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/careers)

Reasonable adjustments

Should you require any equipment or assistance to participate in our selection process, please nominate through your application form. Alternative you can email graduaterecruitment@agriculture.gov.au

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2019 Graduate Development Program you must be an Australian citizen or have been granted citizenship prior to 1 January 2019.

You must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or higher qualification) by the program’s commencement in February 2019. There is no timeframe as to when you completed your degree.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance issued by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA)

International qualification

If you received your degree overseas, you will need to have it recognised by the office of International Education, this website provides contact details for each state and territory.

Security clearance and medical examination

To be offered a position on the 2019 Graduate Development Program, you will need to obtain an AFP police records check. If you are cleared to be offered a position you will them be required to undertake the following

  • Undergo a security clearance to the Negative Vetting Level 1 which involves a series of assessments and background checks conducted by AGSVA.
  • Undergo a medical examination by the department’s external health provider to determine if you are medically fit to undertake an APS position (this will include a Q Fever vaccination)

Failure to undertake these processes or achieve the appropriate clearance may jeopardise your employment.

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