GAZ - APS2 - National - Gap Year Program - Administrative Support Officer

Requisition Number: 128061
Position Number/s: Several 
Classification: APS Level 2  
Location: ACT; NSW; NT; QLD; SA; TAS; VIC; WA  
Division: Various 
Branch: Various   
Section: Various  
Security Classification: Baseline Vetting 
Salary: $54,439.00 to $61,245.00  
Contact: Rhiannon WILSON Email
Period of Vacancy: Non ongoing 
Number of Vacancies: Several 


Applications close: Sunday 02 July 2023 at 11:59pm (midnight) - AEST . Late applications will not be accepted.


Who can apply:
Please note this opportunity is available to current Australian Public Service employees and all eligible members of the community.


About the Department of Home Affairs: 
The Department is responsible for central coordination, and strategy and policy leadership in relation to cyber and critical infrastructure resilience and security, immigration, border security and management, counter-terrorism, the protection of our sovereignty, citizenship and social cohesion.


The Department implements a strategically coordinated approach to the cyber security and resilience of all Australians through the appointment of a Cyber Security Coordinator and continues to enable rapid responses to threats of foreign interference through the dedicated Counter Foreign Interference Coordinator. Additionally, the Department contributes to Australia’s prosperity and unity through the management and delivery of the migration, humanitarian and refugee programs. 


The Department also promotes social cohesion through multicultural programs, providing settlement services and through managing and conferring citizenship.


Overview of the Department:

The Department of Home Affairs offers challenging and diverse employment in roles that impact many parts of Australian life - emergency management, trade and travel, our national security, immigration, settlement services, citizenship and border security.


About the role:

Are you in Year 12 and wondering what to do next?

Are you considering a gap year to earn some extra cash?

Are you looking for an interesting and well-paid job for 12 months?


Consider a Gap Year with the Department of Home Affairs and spend an exciting 12 months where you’ll get paid for meaningful work while gaining skills for life.


Successful applicants will be placed in dynamic teams to support the processing and administration of fast paced and essential business areas within the Department. While working in the Department you will be exposed to cutting edge technology and training resources that can fast track your professional development.


Our ideal candidate:

Applications are open to current year 12 students who will be graduating in 2023.


Our ideal candidates are:

  • Great communicators
  • Well organised
  • Team players
  • Resilient and responsive
  • Accountable and transparent
  • Able to quickly acquire knowledge of departmental IT systems, legislation and policy.


Specific duties/responsibilities:

  • Undertake basic administrative support tasks
  • Undertake dispatch and delivery of mail
  • Monitor and track incoming documents to ensure correspondence is classified, triaged and actioned accordingly
  • Request and retrieve information and respond to written and telephone enquiries from customers
  • Promote and champion an inclusive and diverse workplace culture and ensure all staff are valued and recognised for their qualities, ideas and perspectives.


Role requirements/qualifications:

These are entry level administrative roles – no past work experience or ATAR is required. All training will be provided.


Applicants must be an Australian citizen and prepared to undertake and pass an Australian Government security clearance process.


Click here for more information about the security clearance process and to complete a self-assessment.


Applicant response:

As part of your application, you will be required to upload a current CV (two page maximum) and the details of two referees, along with applicant Response (maximum 200-300 words) outlining:

  • Your career aspirations
  • Why you want to participate in the Home Affairs GAP Year Program.


How to apply:

Prior to preparing your response it is recommended you review the Work Level Standards relevant to the classification you are applying to. It may also be useful to refer to the Integrated Leadership System information relevant to the classification. You are required to submit your application in Home Affairs' online recruitment system (ourPeople).

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • Your CV
  • Your Applicant Response document
  • Details of two referees
  • Include your full name and the Requisition Number - 128061 in the footer of any documents being uploaded.


Eligibility and Specific Conditions of Employment

To be eligible to work with the Department of Home Affairs you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen
  • Fulfil the Department’s minimum requirements by satisfactorily answering all screening questions during the application process
  • Obtain and maintain the required AGSVA clearance
  • Obtain and maintain a current Employment Suitability Clearance
  • Satisfy a probation period
  • Undergo a health assessment (if applicable).

To be eligible to work in some roles, you may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including any COVID-19 booster dose to maintain an 'up-to-date' status). Candidates should be aware that in roles where vaccination against COVID-19 is required by public health orders/directions or other legislation, if a candidate is not fully vaccinated or is unwilling to be vaccinated within a reasonable period, they may not be offered that role.


Technical Assistance

If you are experiencing problems submitting your application online, please email the nature of the issues you are experiencing to Recruitment ( including screen captures if necessary. A response will be sent during business hours.



Remuneration: The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position.

Home Affairs may provide relocation assistance to eligible APS employees required to relocate. The level of assistance will vary depending on the reason for relocating and your personal circumstances. For further information please enquire with the contact officer listed in the advertisement.

Information about employment in the Department of Home Affairs, and advice on how to apply for vacancies can be obtained from the Department’s website at

If you have identified as having a disability, please indicate whether you require any support throughout the selection process. For further information please contact Recruitment: