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Education and Training Vacancy N.N. 10753831
Department of Education Closing date: Monday, 5 August 2019
Job Title: Department of Education 2020 Graduate Program - Affirmative Measures
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Salary: $63,978 - $66,639
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Graduate APS
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: Department of Education 2020 Graduate Program

Job Description


At the Department of Education we are looking for a diverse range of skills and backgrounds. Our graduates are passionate about education and want to make a difference to the lives of all Australians. The Department welcomes applications from all degree disciplines for our generalist pathway. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates are supported to reach their potential and their unique skills and experiences are vital in delivering the Department’s priorities. Our ideal graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

• Seek out and embrace learning opportunities
• Be strategic and analytical thinkers
• Communicate proactively and with influence
• Work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of people
• Adapt to change, show good judgement and personal integrity

For the 2020 graduate program, the department will offer a number of career pathways including Generalist, Data, Human Resources and Legal. Degree disciplines in Commerce, Finance and Accounting, Business Administration will be considered for specialist placements within the Generalist pathway. Further information is available at

The Department’s Graduate Program commences in early 2020 for ten months. Graduates commence as an APS3 and are promoted to the APS4 level upon successful completion of the program. As a graduate within the Department of Education, we will offer you:

• An opportunity to grow your career through two diverse work placements over 10 months
• Dedicated career pathways in different disciplines (Generalist, Legal, Human Resources and Data)
• Exposure to our business and our people through the opportunity to get involved in employee networks (including the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander network), peer support and mentoring relationships
• Dedicated Graduate Alumni and Senior Executive Graduate Program Sponsor
• Access to professional development including participation in the APS Graduate Development Program and on-the-job learning activities
• Excellent employment conditions with competitive remuneration, superannuation and employee entitlements (including generous relocation assistance and access to cultural leave to participate in NAIDOC week)
• A workplace culture that embraces work-life balance
• A strong foundation for a career in the APS.


To be eligible for the 2020 Department of Education Graduate Program (Affirmative Measure), you must:
• Be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
• Be an Australia Citizen - under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing.
• You must have successfully completed a Bachelor degree or higher within five years prior to the start date of the 2020 Education Graduate Program (early 2020).
• Be eligible to obtain a valid Australian Government security clearance
• Applicants must be prepared to relocate to Canberra for the 2020 graduate program.


It is a condition of engagement that candidates are expected to provide or to be in the process of obtaining their Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage within six (6) months of commencing duty with the department.

If you do not have a Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage, you can still apply for the graduate program. The department has an Indigenous Liaison Officer embedded in People Branch, so if this applies to you, please contact or (02) 6121 5000 to discuss how we can best support you.

Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage should stipulate that you are:
• of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
• identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; and
• are accepted as such by the community in which you live, or formerly lived.

Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage can be provided by a wide range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and bodies, and commonly include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land councils
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

This vacancy has been nominated for filling within the agency's graduate program. A graduate program is a structured, on the job program, designed to introduce graduates to an APS organisation. Successful applicants receive training and development, mentoring and on the job support.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

About Department of Education 

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

We are committed to providing easy and informative access to our services and support programs and work directly with our clients and stakeholders to ensure expectations are met.

We are a dynamic, people-focused organisation where workplace diversity and inclusion is vitally important to us in creating a productive and harmonious environment for people to work. We recognise and embrace the diversity that each employee brings to the workplace, creating an environment of trust, mutual respect and appreciation.

The department promotes a culture where Indigenous business is everyone’s business across its work practices, values and business. All employees are supported through the provision of a number of learning opportunities to build their cultural capability.

We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature-age people and people with disability, regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity.

The Department of Education and Training prides itself on being an agile organisation, promoting the Australian Public Service philosophy of one APS career, thousands of opportunities.

To Apply

Position Contact: Graduate Recruitment Contact, 1300 888 033
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS27-Mon - 01 Jul 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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