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2018 Graduate Development Program

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About us

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is responsible for the design and implementation of the Australian Government's infrastructure, transport and regional development policies and programs.

We work to:

  • promote, evaluate, plan and invest in infrastructure and regional development;
  • foster an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system;
  • facilitate local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and
  • provide good governance in the Australian territories.

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About the Program

Our Graduate Development Program is a generalist program and we seek to recruit graduates from across all academic disciplines including, but not limited to:

  • business, economics, accounting and finance;
  • arts;
  • political science;
  • public policy;
  • information technology;
  • international relations;
  • town planning;
  • law; and
  • engineering.

As an Infrastructure graduate, we will add to the skills you have acquired at university by developing your professional public sector skills through a combination of job rotations, internal training, post-graduate study and an interstate industry tour. In the graduate program you will:

  • work on issues of national importance;
  • contribute to decisions that have a real impact; and
  • use your skills and ideas to help move Australia forward.

It's all about turning Your Vision into Australia's Future!

What to expect

From roads to airport security, large scale shipping to city planning and the development of regional Australia, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development shapes the future direction of Australia. As part of our Graduate Development Program you will be right in the thick of it as you build your career.

Our Graduate Development Program offers exciting learning and development opportunities to kick start your career in the Australian Public Service.

  • You'll be invited to a familiarisation day before you start so you can get to know Canberra, the Department and your fellow graduates. The Secretary and Senior Executives attend so this is a great opportunity to network and find out more about our Department.
  • You will receive a ‘buddy’ who is a former graduate who can show you the ropes and help you settle into Canberra—just one way we'll help you transition from uni to full time work, and navigate relocating to Canberra.
  • You will attend a graduate induction session to give you an introduction about working life in the Department.
  • You will undertake a structured learning and development program, which currently includes a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration to keep your brain pumping and other training to provide you with job ready skills, both during work time.
  • We will help you figure out what you're suited to with rotations through three different areas of the Department. The rotations may be in areas such as policy development; programme management; planning, research and analysis; communications; corporate services; regulatory reform or contract management. Throughout the year you will get a say in which areas of the Department you work in.
  • You will arrange an interstate industry tour with your fellow grads, which is a great way to see how the work of the Department impacts the Australian community. Our graduates consistently tell us this is one of the best parts of the program!
  • You will have plenty of social, sporting and networking opportunities throughout the program.
  • We will provide a Graduate Career Planning and Coaching training session facilitated by career development and management professionals.

Above all, the program is designed to ensure you are able to meet your career goals.

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2017 Career Fair Dates

We love seeing everyone at the career fairs and answering all of your questions about our recruitment programs! Come down and see us at the following career fairs in 2017

  • Wednesday, 8 March —University of Melbourne
  • Thursday, 9 March—Monash University
  • Monday, 13 March—University of Sydney
  • Tuesday, 14 March—University of Newcastle
  • Wednesday, 15 March—James Cook University
  • Monday, 20 March—QUT
  • Wednesday, 22 March—UQ
  • Wednesday, 22 March—Tertiary to Work
  • Thursday, 23 March—Bond University

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Pay and Conditions

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is the platform you need to turn Your Vision into Australia's Future.

  • You'll be paid as an APS level 3, earning around $57,445, during your graduate year (plus 15.4% superannuation).
  • Once you've successfully completed the program, you will be promoted two levels to an APS level 5 position, earning around $71,057. This will allow you to have more responsibility and possibly even supervisory tasks.

You'll have access to outstanding workplace support and conditions (in line with the The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Enterprise Agreement 2016) including:

  • 20 days recreation leave a year;
  • 20 days a year of personal circumstances leave, which includes sick, family, emergency and cultural leave;
  • 18 weeks paid maternity leave or 6 weeks paid supporting partner leave after 12 months of continuous service.
  • flexible work hours;
  • training and development opportunities; and
  • employee health and wellbeing initiatives.

Following the program, as a member of the Department, you'll also have access to:

  • career coaching and professional development opportunities
  • financial support to undertake further study in an area relevant to the business of the Department and broader APS;
  • mobility and career progression within the organisation

Want to know more?

The Department's Enterprise Agreement 2016 is the place to find detailed information about working conditions at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

If you'd like to read up on the Department and the areas in which you might be working, check out the About the Department section of our website.

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Training and Development

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development's Graduate Development Program (GDP) runs from mid-January to early-December each year. During this time, you'll undertake a number of learning and development activities to prepare you for your career progression at the end of the program.

Formal training and development

We want to build on the skills you've developed at uni. The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration will give you a sound understanding of the Australian public sector environment. This is important for your career progression in the public sector. The best part? We pay for your study and you go to uni during paid work time!

Along with the formal qualification, you will undertake a range of other training courses to help you to fully understand the Department and the legislation and regulations it develops and administers.

Industry Tour

The Industry Tour makes up part of the Graduate Certificate, and is an opportunity for you to gain an understanding of the diverse ‘real world’ function of the Department while undertaking academic research. You will work in small groups to manage all aspects of the project including organising an interstate tour to meet with various stakeholders of the Department. Training in project management is also provided to help you to plan for and undertake the Industry Tour out in the field.

Coaching and mentoring

The Graduate Development Program really is a development year and along with formal training you will also be provided with individual support throughout the program. Prior to commencement you will be allocated a ‘buddy’ from the previous year's program, and during the year you'll meet with the Graduate Development Program Manager individually to talk through your placements. You will also have a graduate supervisor and a graduate manager who will help guide and support you throughout your rotations. And at the end of the year we arrange for you to attend a professional career coaching session to help you to set goals beyond the program.

On-the-job training and experiences

We will provide you with a range of on-the-job work experiences and a broad overview of the Department through three diverse workplace rotations. You will submit an application for the areas you are most interested to work in, meaning that you have a say on where you will be placed!

Rotations may be in the areas of policy development and advice, programme management, corporate services or regulatory reform. Rotations are a great way for you to build networks and find areas that you're really passionate about. In addition, each year the graduate cohort takes on the responsibility for the Department's Social Club, where you will have a chance to network with others in the Department.

It's not all work and no play

As a member of our team we want to make sure you feel right at home and enjoy your time as a graduate.

  • You'll become a member of the Social Network of Graduates (SNoG), a fun and rewarding social network open only to graduates working in the Australian Public Service in Canberra.
  • You'll be encouraged to be involved in plenty of social, sporting and networking opportunities throughout the program.
  • You'll be part of the Department's Social Club and responsible for regular happy hours, raising money for charity and organising the Department's Christmas party.

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Living in Canberra

So you've finished your degree and are looking for the next step in your career, so what's next?

  • You'll move to Canberra—at our expense.
  • You'll receive up to three weeks temporary accommodation in the heart of Canberra City.
  • Your belongings will be moved and temporarily stored for up to three weeks while you find your new home.
  • Don't forget you will have a ‘buddy’ who can help you settle in to your new city.

Its reputation may precede it, but with a population in the vicinity of 390,000 Canberra really is much more than just Australia's public service hub and the seat of Australia's Parliament.

Canberra is Australia's largest inland city and is brimming with lifestyle, city services and world-class events and attractions. The shopping is great, nightclubs are stylish and trendy, the café culture is buzzing and it's people are friendly.

Canberrans love their sport and have the highest participation rate in Australia—from lawn bowls to water polo and everything in between. Whether you are cheering on Canberra's top rugby league and rugby union teams, watching AFL, cricket or playing golf, bushwalking or cycling around our many bike trails, Canberra has the sports and recreational facilities to suit your needs.

We're also just a few hours' drive from the NSW snowfields, Sydney and the south coast's legendary beaches. The Canberra region boasts some of the best food and wine experiences Australia has to offer, with more than 10 wineries within a 30km drive.

By capital city standards Canberra is an affordable place to live, with an outstanding education system, excellent health services, shorter commuting times, plenty of fresh air and community living.

Want to Know More?

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Recruitment Process

Applying for the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development's Graduate Development Program is easy!

  • Complete an online application. Here you can apply for either of our two streams, and you opt into RecruitAbility.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre. Assessment Centre's will be held in Sydney NSW, Canberra ACT and Melbourne VIC in May 2017. Candidates from other cities will be flown to these locations if shortlisted. At the Assessment Centre you will undertake:
    • a panel interview;
    • a group exercise; and
    • a written exercise.
  • Successful candidates will be notified verbally in June or July 2017 before receiving their written offers. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email.

We want to support you to put forward the best application you can. To do this, we have developed this fact sheet about the recruitment process, including tips on applying.

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To be eligible for the Graduate Development Program, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen;
  • Have completed a minimum of a three year undergraduate degree by January 2018;
  • Have completed your degree within the last 5 years;
  • Have achieved a minimum of a credit average;
  • Be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance; and
  • Be prepared to relocate to Canberra.

Please note there are two Graduate recruitment streams:

For more information on Special Measures, including eligibility requirements, please see our fact sheet.

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How to Apply

We have extended our application closing date for the 2018 Graduate Development Program.

Applications now close on Monday, 17 April 2017 at 11:59pm AEST

Please use the following link to apply: career10.successfactors.com/career?company=DoIT

Remember to keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

If you have any questions, please review this page and our FAQs. For any further questions not answered here, please contact our Graduate Recruitment Team on 02 6274 6161 or entrylevel@infrastructure.gov.au.

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Last Updated: 5 April, 2017