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GAZ - APS4 - National - 2024 Graduate Development Program

Requisition Number: 127177
Position Number/s: Several
Classification: Graduate  
Location: ACT; NSW; QLD; SA; VIC; WA
Division: People & Culture  
Branch: Recruitment Pay & People Sys Cap  
Section: Entry Programs and Pathways  
Security Classification: Negative Vetting Level 1 
Salary: $71,201.00 to $76,799.00  
Contact: Catherine Hade & Lina Murray Email: entryprogramsandpathways@homeaffairs.gov.au

Period of Vacancy: Ongoing 
Number of Vacancies: Several

 

Applications close: Monday 17 April 2023 at 11:59pm (midnight) - AEDT. 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: 
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The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for centrally coordinated strategy and policy leadership in relation to domestic national security arrangements, law enforcement, emergency management, counter-terrorism, social cohesion, the protection of our sovereignty, the integrity of our border and the resilience of our national infrastructure.
  

The Australian Border Force, an operationally independent body within the Department of Home Affairs, is Australia's frontline border law enforcement agency and Australia's customs service. The Australian Border Force's mission is to protect Australia's border and facilitate the legitimate movement of people and goods across it.

 

About the role:

The Home Affairs Graduate Program is a 12 month program where you will experience challenging and interesting work that matters. As a large agency with a broad range of opportunities, your eyes will be opened to multiple career pathway options that align to your skills and interests.

 

We offer you:

  • A positive approach to flexible work and work life balance
  • A workplace that promotes diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity
  • Foundational knowledge and skills to set up your career with a unique introduction to the work of government
  • Four unique rotations throughout the Department of Home Affairs and/or Australian Border Force
  • Tailored learning and development options  
  • A starting salary of $71,201 to $76,799 per annum + 15.4% superannuation
  • A range of high profile graduate and departmental events
  • A graduate specific induction program
  • A dedicated SES mentor to guide you
  • A previous graduate buddy to help you settle in
  • Ongoing employment with excellent employment conditions
  • A dedicated Entry Programs Team for support; and,
  • Relocation assistance if required

 

Note: If you are found suitable, but not offered a graduate position, you may be placed in a merit pool. The merit pool may be used to fill non-graduate (similar vacancy) positions in various locations across the Department.

 

The majority of our graduate positions are Canberra based, however the Department also offers limited regional placements in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. You will be able to indicate your interest during the application stage.

 

Our ideal candidate:

Are you curious and looking to stretch yourself to achieve your full potential?

 

Are you adaptable and investigative, with a drive for continuous learning and open to new experiences?

 

In joining Home Affairs as a graduate, you can expect:

  • Professional development
  • A rewarding and valuable career
  • Cutting edge technology
  • Opportunities to make a meaningful contribution
  • Diversity networks
  • Access to health and wellbeing programs
  • A flexible and diverse workforce.

 

We are looking to recruit Australia’s leading ‘go-getters’ to join our dynamic workforce dedicated to keeping Australia prosperous, secure and united.

 

We offer our graduates a range of interesting opportunities and unique experiences, contributing to a culture that values diversity, respect and inclusion.

 

We are committed to building and valuing a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve - a workforce that fosters inclusiveness and embraces the diversity of its people.

 

Whatever your degree and interests, we have what you are looking for. We invest in your development, enhance your degree and build a career with you encompassing new experiences, training and skills. 

 

Role requirements/qualifications:

To apply for our Graduate Program, you must meet the following eligbility criteria:

  • Have completed at least an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 qualification (a Bachelor Degree) equivalent, or higher equivalent by 31 December 2023
  • Have completed the most recent degree no more than 5 years (1 January 2019) from the date of the application being submitted. 
  • 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).

 

Applicant response:

As part of your application, you will be required to prepare a response document (minimum 11pt font in MSWord or PDF format), which you will upload in the next section.

 

Please ensure you read the instructions carefully, noting failure to address identified requirements may lead to your application being deemed ineligible.

 

To apply for the Department's Graduate Development Program, you are required to answer the following question during the application process:

  • Why are you interested in working for the Department of Home Affairs?

 

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).

 

 

Assessment process:

Step 1 – online application

  • You must create an account to register and use our recruitment website.
  • Once you submit your application you will receive an email confirmation. You will also receive profile information so you can log into your account and update your personal and referee details at any time
  • After the closing date, you will only be able to make changes to your profile information (for example, your contact details).
     

Step 2 - Online assessments

  • First stage of online assessments will be capabilty testing, conducted via an online platform.
  • The second stage will be one way video interviews, this will also be conducted through an online platform.

 

Step 3 – Assessment Centre

  • Applicants who were successful in the second stage of assessments will be invited to the virtual assessment centre.
  • The assessment centre will include a variety of activities aimed at determining suitable applicants. These assessments may include:
    • Interviews
    • Written Tasks
    • Group Activity
    • Work Sample Tests

 

Stage 4 – Refeee Reports

  • Referee reports will be sought for those who successfully complete the assessment centre.
  • Referee reports are used to confirm information about your employment history, qualifications, experience and role suitability.
  • They also provide the selection panel with the opportunity to seek clarification on matters discussed during your assessment.
  • Referee’s can be a current or past supervisor, a university professor or character referee if the first two are not applicable.

 

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 - 127177 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 (recruitment@homeaffairs.gov.au) including screen captures if necessary. A response will be sent during business hours.

 

Notes

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

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 https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us/careers.

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: recruitment@homeaffairs.gov.au.