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Victorian Government graduate program

Find work with purpose.

Applications are open for round 2

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Our pitch to you

We want Victoria to be innovative and progressive.

So we’re on the lookout for people with a range of skills, backgrounds and lived experiences.

Our graduate program has streams tailored to what you studied at university.

Plus, we’ve got pathways you can opt into, if you’re an applicant with disability or identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

As a graduate, you’ll:

  • have diverse roles
  • work in several departments
  • earn a competitive salary
  • be guaranteed a job at the end of the program

We’ll help you learn and grow with mentors, peer networks and training.

You’ll do real work that shapes the role of government and improves the lives of Victorians.

How the program works

Find out all you need to know before you apply.

  • If you think a career in the public service is something to be proud of, then we want to hear from you.

    We’re less interested in your grade point average and more interested in who you are.

    We want people who are creative, curious, have a drive to learn and live our shared values of integrity, respect and human rights. 

    Victoria’s strength is in its diversity of backgrounds and lived experience. 

    So we want graduates that reflect the community we serve.

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

    For all applicants, we have streams you can choose from, where we look for strengths in:

    • verbal and written communication
    • problem solving and analytics
    • adaptability and resilience
    • teamwork and stakeholder engagement
  • When you apply, you must:

    • have completed your undergraduate or postgraduate degree or the same as level 7 and above of the Australian Qualifications Framework between 1 January 2019 and 1 January 2022
    • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an 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 streams closed 29 March 2021
    • round 2 streams include:
      • generalist
      • law
      • project delivery
  • You'll work in 3 roles across different departments and get:

    • a starting salary of more than $60,000
    • structured learning and development
    • mentoring from executives
    • training in general and specialised areas
    • help to gain professional accreditation
    • flexible working conditions, such as working from home
    • a chance to build networks with like-minded graduates across government
    • a promotion and pay rise to more than $72,000 at the program’s end
    • access to future career opportunities, only available to people who work in the Victorian Public Service
  • There are 9 departments and Victoria Police you can choose to work in for most streams.

    And each department has agencies attached to them that you may end up working in.

    In your application, you’ll tell us the top 2 departments you’d like to work in.

    You’ll work in 3 roles over 12 months across 3 departments.

    Your choice of department will help decide where you may start and have an ongoing role.

  • We’ll:

    • never share your information with anyone without your consent
    • leave it up to you, if you want to tell your employer or peers about yourself

    Read our privacy policy to see what we collect and why.

Program streams

You can only apply for 1 stream in round 1 or round 2 (not both), so make sure you read up on each one first.

  • round 1 streams closed 29 March 2021
  • round 2 streams include:
    • generalist
    • law
    • project delivery

In most streams, you’ll work in 3 different departments over 12 months.

  • What you’ve studied

    You can apply to this stream with any undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

    What work you’ll do

    You’ll do a broad range of work so you’re well-rounded and get experience on a range of perspectives and ideas.

    Some of the roles we offer in this stream are:

    • graduate workplace adviser
    • graduate communications and media officer
    • graduate policy officer
  • What you’ve studied

    You can apply to this stream if you have completed a degree that allows for admission to practise as an Australian lawyer.

    What work you’ll do

    You’ll do legal research, draft advice with a senior lawyer, go to client meetings and attend court.

    Under guidance, you’ll give responsive, accurate and timely legal advice and briefings on a range of issues.

    Where you may work

    In this stream, you may work in:

    • Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
    • Department of Justice and Community Safety
    • Department of Transport
    • Victoria Police
  • What you’ve studied

    You can apply to this stream if you have majors in:

    • architecture
    • engineering disciplines
    • landscape architecture
    • law

    What work you’ll do

    You’ll work on how the government develops, designs and constructs high-profile public infrastructure.

    We’ll train you in project-delivery-specific skills that you’ll be able to use in the public service and private sectors.

    Where you may work

    In this stream, you may work in a number of departments in government.

Pathways

Find out about the pathways we have for applicants with disability or who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

  • The diversity of Victoria makes us stronger.

    So it’s important the Victorian Public Service reflects the community we serve.

    To help us make the public service diverse and inclusive, we’ve made pathways for:

    • applicants with disability
    • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders

    You still choose a stream to apply for and you can let us know about any reasonable adjustments you already use or know you’ll need.

    If you want to chat to us about these pathways, then email us at vpsgrads@vpsc.vic.gov.au

  • We want applicants with disability to have an equitable experience.

    So we’ve taken action to make our process fair for people with disability.

    We offer you support when you apply and during the program if you get in.

    Support when you apply

    If you opt into this pathway, we’ll work with you to give you flexible and tailored support in the application process.

    Previous applicants in the pathway have had these adjustments:

    • a phone interview instead of a video interview
    • audio and captions for assessments
    • materials in larger font
    • more time to answer questions in the interview
    • more time to do the online test

    These are just examples and we’ll work with you based on your needs.

    Support if you get into the program

    If you get into the program, we’ll check in with you and your manager regularly to see what support you need to succeed.

    We’ll make a real effort to listen to your needs and act on what you say.

    Other ways we’ll support you are:

    • access to mentors with disability
    • access to workplace adjustments and flexible work
    • ways to connect with peers with disability

    Our action plan for people with disability

    This pathway is an initiative of Victoria’s public sector disability employment action plan, Getting to Work.

    The plan aims to raise the number of people with disability who work in the public sector to at least 12% by 2025.

    The plan has 3 focus areas:

    1. build awareness through access to information
    2. attract and recruit people with disability
    3. support employees with disability

    We believe that people with disability make the public sector stronger and better reflect the diversity of Victoria.

    Speak to us about the disability pathway

    If you’re unsure whether to opt in, get in touch with us for a confidential chat at GraduateDisabilityLiaison@vpsc.vic.gov.au or on 03 7004 7115.

    Your privacy about your disability

    We’ll:

    • never share your information with anyone without your consent
    • leave it up to you, if you want to tell your employer or peers about yourself

    Read our privacy policy to see what we collect and why.

  • You can opt to use this pathway if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
     
    This support is flexible and tailored to you

    It includes things like:

    • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander mentors
    • cultural workshops
    • support with your application
    • support from your own pathway manager
    • one-on-ones prior to program milestones
    • regular contact and catch ups

    Barring Djinang

    This pathway is an initiative of Victoria’s public sector Aboriginal Employment Strategy, Barring Djinang.

    The team in charge of Barring Djinang works with public sector employees who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

    If you get into the program, check out what else in the strategy could help you as a public servant.

    Your privacy

    We’ll:

    • never share your information with anyone without your consent
    • leave it up to you, if you want to tell your employer or peers about yourself

    Read our privacy policy to see what we collect and why.

How the application process works

Find out what you need to do to apply and what happens at each step.

  1. What you'll do

    You’ll tell us in an online form:

    • who you are
    • what you’ve done
    • what stream you want to do
    • if you’d like to opt into a pathway as an applicant with disability or if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

    What you'll need

    You'll need your:

    • proof of Australian citizenship or permanent residency
    • undergraduate academic results and if applicable, postgraduate results or progress on your results if you don’t know what they are yet  (we accept my eQuals)
    • resume

    If you opt to use a pathway

    As part of the online form, you'll have the chance to opt into the:

    • pathway for applicants with disability
    • pathway for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders

    If you opt in, we’ll be in touch to talk about any reasonable adjustments you already use or know you’ll need.

  2. The test closes at 9.59am AEDT on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

    What you'll do

    You'll do a test on your numeracy, logic and verbal communication, with behavioural and situational assessments.

    You can:

    • do a test question before the start of each section to practise

    We'll send you the results when you’re done.

    What you'll need

    You'll need:

    • stable internet access
    • at least 45 minutes to do the test
  3. The cut off for your video is at 9.59am AEDT on Tuesday 7 September 2021.

    What you'll do

    You'll record a video of yourself and get:

    • 90 seconds to read each question
    • 2 minutes to record your response to each question

    You can do a test question before you start to practise.

    What you'll need

    You'll need:

    • stable internet access
    • at least 20 minutes to do the task
  4. What you’ll do

    You’ll do: 

    • an activity on your own, except if you apply for the generalist stream
    • a group activity

    What you’ll need

    You’ll need:

    • stable internet access 
    • a device to take part in a video call
  5. What you’ll do

    You’ll do: 

    • an interview with people from government

    What you’ll need

    You’ll need:

    • stable internet access 
    • a device to take part in a video call
  6. If you get an offer

    We'll:

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Reviewed 19 July 2021

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