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Victorian Government

3.9
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Victorian Government

  • Government & Public Service

The Victorian Public Service story

The Victorian Public Service (VPS) supports the government of the day in serving the Victorian community. It does this by providing public services, supporting Ministers with policy and legislation, building and maintaining infrastructure, managing resources and administering state finances.

The Victorian public sector is made up of other public entities and the VPS combined. Its workforce includes 322,605 people (as of June 2020). That’s around 9% of the total Victorian labour force.

The VPS provides health, education, transport, emergency services and more. The community trusts the public sector to serve them effectively, help grow the economy and keep people safe.

The VPS is made up of high-performing leaders, and capable, engaged employees. It prides itself on safe workplaces and diverse, inclusive teams.  

Read more about how we define the public sector or see the full list of public sector agencies.

The culture

Public Service employers and employees have a mutual responsibility to work together to create a safe and inclusive culture. The public sector embraces diversity in all its forms, looking to create a next generation workforce, more open and diverse that represents the community.

As part of their commitment, they offer streams tailored to what you studied at university and graduate pathways if you’re an applicant with disability or identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

The VPS has created a culture where working flexibly is business as usual. They value flexible working arrangements that give employees a level of control over when, where and how work is accomplished. It’s one of their key drivers of employee engagement, which is linked to higher productivity, creativity and motivation among the workforce.  

Social contribution

As part of the public sector, you will do work that matters. The community trusts the VPS to deliver public services that help keep communities safe, grow the economy and find solutions to Victoria’s most complex social problems.

The recruitment process

The VPS is looking for people who are creative, curious and have a drive to learn and live the public sector values of integrity, respect and human rights.

To be eligible for the Victorian Government graduate program, you must:

  • have completed your undergraduate or postgraduate degree (or equivalent between 1 January 2019 and 1 January 2022)
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, and Australian permanent resident or have unrestricted working rights for ongoing work
  • not be on a temporary graduate visa
  • not have taken a voluntary redundancy from the Victorian public sector in the 3 years up to the program start date of 24 January 2022

You can apply for round one or round two (not both) for the program stream of your choice.

Round 1 program streams: 

  • generalist
  • accounting and finance
  • economic consultancy
  • data analytics

Round 2 program streams will be announced mid-2021. 

If you’re an applicant with disability or identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, then check out the application pathways you can opt into.

Online applications open 23 February and close 29 March 2021. The application form asks for information on who you are, what you’ve done, what stream you would like to apply to, and if you’d like to opt into the disability or Aboriginal pathway. If you opt into a pathway, the graduate team will be in touch to talk about any reasonable adjustments you already use or know you’ll need. Pathway applicants can access confidential support from the team at all stages of the process.

You will also need to provide your undergraduate academic results and a resume.

After applications close, you will need to complete an online assessment, record a video of yourself responding to a series of questions, take part in online activities and do an online interview.

Remuneration

The VPS offers a competitive salary with a starting salary of more than $60,000, which increases to $72,000 at the program’s end as you progress into your ongoing role.  

Keep in mind working in the public sector will allow you to use your pre-tax income to top up your super, pay a novated lease or take out discounted private health insurance. The VPS also offers generous leave provisions with access to long service leave, paid parental leave and special leave. 

Career prospects

As a graduate, you’ll:

  • have diverse roles
  • work in several departments
  • earn a competitive salary
  • enjoy flexible working conditions, such as working from home
  • be guaranteed a job at the end of the program

The program will help you learn and grow with mentors, peer networks and training in general and specialist areas.

You’ll do real work that shapes the role of government and improves the lives of Victorians. You’ll also have access to future career opportunities, only available to people who work in the Victorian Public Service.

The vibe of the place

The VPS is a great place to start your career. It offers job security, plenty of opportunities for professional development, supportive managers, friendly colleagues, an attractive work-life balance and the satisfaction that comes with helping make the world a better place. 

Graduate Review

Overall Score
3.9
Overall score based on 12 reviews
They Score Best in…
9.3
Diversity
9.3
Work Hours
8.2
Management
7.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
9.3
Diversity
9.3
Work Hours
8.2
Management
7.7
Corporate Social Responsibility
What Graduates Say About Them
  • Work culture, excellent colleagues.
  • The people have been really friendly and supportive in every team I've worked in. The work is incredibly diverse and quick-paced. I like that we're always working towards the purpose of improving people's lives.
  • Highly inclusive environment, encouraged to develop, closeness to senior management, diversity is respected.
  • Rewarding work.
  • I get to work on things that actually matter and affect the people around me. During the Grad program I got to input my thoughts on policies I worked on, and was always welcomed to share my opinions.
  • Lack of career progression and certainty.
  • Lack of career progression and certainty.
  • Highly rank structured.
  • Can take some time to move up the ranks.
  • Lack of knowledge on working with Aboriginal staff.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Melbourne CBD
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
H
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
I
IT & Computer Science
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
M
Medical & Health Sciences
P
Property & Built Environment
S
Sciences
T
Teaching & Education

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
I'm grateful to work with people who genuinely care about my career goals, personal growth and wellbeing.

Evelyn

  • Graduate stories
I'm grateful to work with people who genuinely care about my career goals, personal growth and wellbeing.

Evelyn

  • Graduate stories
I want to advocate for people with disabilities and ensure that we are represented in every level of government and involved in important initiatives and decisions.

Anna

  • Graduate stories
I want to advocate for people with disabilities and ensure that we are represented in every level of government and involved in important initiatives and decisions.

Anna

  • Graduate stories
I'm grateful to work with people who genuinely care about my career goals, personal growth and wellbeing.

Evelyn

  • Graduate stories
I'm grateful to work with people who genuinely care about my career goals, personal growth and wellbeing.

Evelyn

  • Graduate stories
I want to advocate for people with disabilities and ensure that we are represented in every level of government and involved in important initiatives and decisions.

Anna

  • Graduate stories
I want to advocate for people with disabilities and ensure that we are represented in every level of government and involved in important initiatives and decisions.

Anna


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Trinity Woodman

Trinity Woodman graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) / Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from Monash University and is now an Analyst at Victorian Government.
  • Day in the life

Trinity Woodman

Trinity Woodman graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) / Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from Monash University and is now an Analyst at Victorian Government.
  • Day in the life

Cheng Yu

Cheng Yu graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Accounting and in Finance) from The University of Melbourne and is now a Budget Analyst at Victorian Government.
  • Day in the life

Cheng Yu

Cheng Yu graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Accounting and in Finance) from The University of Melbourne and is now a Budget Analyst at Victorian Government.
  • Day in the life

Trinity Woodman

Trinity Woodman graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) / Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from Monash University and is now an Analyst at Victorian Government.
  • Day in the life

Trinity Woodman

Trinity Woodman graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) / Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from Monash University and is now an Analyst at Victorian Government.
  • Day in the life

Cheng Yu

Cheng Yu graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Accounting and in Finance) from The University of Melbourne and is now a Budget Analyst at Victorian Government.
  • Day in the life

Cheng Yu

Cheng Yu graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Accounting and in Finance) from The University of Melbourne and is now a Budget Analyst at Victorian Government.