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The Department of Communities is a multi-function human services agency. It was established in 2017 as part of a major reform of the Western Australian public sector and everything we do is about people, place and home.

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Department of Communities


The Department of Communities is a multi-function human services agency. It was established in 2017 as part of a major reform of the Western Australian public sector.

Everything we do is about people, place and home.

People...
reflects our focus on the needs and aspirations of the people we serve. We support people to be the best they can be, and to live a good and meaningful life, a life with opportunity.

Place...
relates to a collective sense of self and how and where people connect to the world around them.

Home...
is more than a building: it has a deep, emotional meaning. While home is different for everyone, it should provide both physical and emotional security.

Communities works in collaboration with Western Australia's community services sector to oversee the delivery of programs and services that support and strengthen the State's diverse communities. It is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for seniors, young people, women, volunteers, carers, children and families.

Our strengths-based approach supports people and communities to grow, and ultimately, to thrive. By providing pathways to change and supporting people along their journey, we ‘do with’ rather than ‘do to’ or ‘do for’. Our overall aim is to empower people to make their own choices and take responsibility for their own lives.

What we do has far-reaching impacts across all aspects of society. Supporting wellbeing can mean many things including ensuring children are safe, helping people access a home, or creating diverse and inclusive communities.

Our CREATE values

Courage
We understand that doing what is right is not always what is easy. And that to achieve something new, we must be willing to do what we have never done before.

Respect
We treat everyone with dignity and fairness. We recognise contribution and value diversity.

Empathy
We extend ourselves to understand other people’s perspectives and experiences; to ‘walk in their shoes’. We communicate and act in a respectful way that makes sense to others.

Accountability
We are individually accountable and collectively responsible. We own our actions and see them through for the best possible outcome.

Trust
We say what we mean and act accordingly. We are honest in our dealings and use of resources. We keep our promises and act with integrity.

Empowerment
We support our colleagues, individuals and the community to be the best they can be.

For more information:

https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/about/publications/strategic-plan-2019-2023/

Telephone: 08 6217 6888
Country free call: 1800 176 888
Street address: 189 Royal Street, East Perth WA 6004
Postal address: PO Box 6334, East Perth WA 6892
Website: www.communities.wa.gov.au

Our Graduate Development Program

Department of Communities


Our Graduate Development Program provides recent university graduates with opportunities to work in a diverse range of fields within the newly formed Department of Communities. Commencing in 2010, our Program has seen 52 Graduates offered ongoing employment within the Department.

During the program, experienced professionals, peer support and a dedicated mentor help you transition from study to employment within the Western Australian Public Sector.

Pathways

People Place Home is at the core of everything we do and why we do it. We are committed to sustaining an inclusive workforce with a range of skills, experiences and perspectives that reflects the community we engage with.
We have different Pathways within our graduate program to support diversity in our workforce.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

We have dedicated positions for recent Aboriginal graduates. These positions are within the graduate program, we just offer additional support that’s tailored to you. It can include advice regarding your application, Aboriginal mentors, and links to Aboriginal peers.

People with Disability

We have dedicated positions for graduates with disability. These positions are still within the graduate program, we just offer additional support that’s tailored to you. This can include advice on applications, reasonable adjustments to the selection process, access to workplace adjustments and flexible work options.

Graduate Development

Professional Development

Our graduates undertake a variety of professional development through-out the program, including on the job learning, coaching and mentoring and formal training including the Public Sector Commission’s Graduate Development Program.

Program Rotations

The rotational program ensures each of our graduates has a unique experience, with opportunities to work across various business streams to build. Rotations include:

  • project management
  • strategic planning
  • policy analysis and development
  • regional and remote planning
  • communications
  • grants and funding
  • strategic finance and economics
  • contract management
  • innovation programs
  • organisational development
  • community focused programs and projects

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Graduate Program you must:

  • have a Bachelor degree or higher that will be completed by the end of this calendar year or has been completed this year or in the previous calendar year;
  • be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia for a permanent appointment to the Western Australian public sector. Alternatively, you may have documentary evidence (i.e. working visa) of your entitlement to live and work in Australia for the duration of the full program (two years) prior to applying;
  • identify as of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent for our Aboriginal Pathway;
  • be a person with disability for our Disability Pathway.

If you are successful, you will also need to undertake a National Police Clearance and Departmental Record Check before you can commence work. The Department of Communities reserves the right to withdraw the offer of employment where an applicant possesses a conviction that the Department considers to be at conflict with their employment.

Applications

Applicants are requested to apply online via the JobsWA website.
You will need to supply:

  • A comprehensive resume;
  • Names and contact details of two referees (preferably work or academic);
  • A copy of your Academic Record and evidence demonstrating your Bachelor Degree (or higher) was completed in this or the previous calendar year or will be completed by the end of this calendar year.

Applications for the Graduate Development Program generally open in the second half of the year.

Selection Process

The selection criteria for our graduates is:

  1. bachelor degree or higher that will be completed by the end of this calendar year or has been completed this year or in the previous calendar year;
  2. demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively;
  3. demonstrated teamwork and interpersonal skills including the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a range of people in various contexts;
  4. ability to use initiative to identify and implement improvements to processes and/or environments;
  5. ability to undertake research using a variety of appropriate techniques;
  6. sound conceptual, analytical and problems solving skills.

Applicants are assessed against these criteria at different stages of the selection process.

The stages of the selection process are listed below. Depending on the number of applicants, the process can take between ten to twelve weeks from the application period ending to offers being made to successful applicants.

Stage 1: Screening

All applications are screened for eligibility including degree completion and work rights. All eligible applicants are invited to the next stage.

Stage 2: One-way video interview

Candidates are invited to complete a one-way video interview where they are asked to record responses to a number of questions.

The most competitive candidates progress to the next stage.

Stage 3: Interview and written assessment

Interviews are held by a panel. The interview assesses capabilities against some or all of the selection criteria. Interviews may be held in person, via phone or via video conferencing.

Stage 4: Referee checks

Referee checks are undertaken to verify the panel’s findings for the most competitive candidates. Please ensure you nominate referees that can comment on your performance in relation to the selection criteria.

Stage 5: Recommendations and offers

A selection report is completed documenting the panel’s recommendations which is then audited for compliance with the Employment Standard. Candidates are then notified of the outcome and a breach period is established. Following the breach period, offers are made to the successful candidates.

Your Academic Background

Department of Communities


We hire graduates from all disciplines. The Department of Communities undertakes a diverse range of work and we are looking to recruit a mixture of talented graduates from a broad range of universities and academic backgrounds. Some of our previous graduates’ degrees include:

  • commerce
  • anthropology
  • psychology
  • arts
  • sociology
  • criminology
  • Aboriginal studies
  • sustainability
  • business
  • law
  • project management
  • urban and regional planning
  • architecture
  • communications

That We Can Offer You

Department of Communities


As a Western Australian Public Sector employee, you enjoy all the benefits of working for the Western Australian Government, including flexibility and variety of work. Some of the other benefits you experience include:

  • Diverse rotations with the opportunity to work across numerous business streams;
  • A dedicated mentor, peer support and networking opportunities within Government, Private and the Not for Profit sectors, which will help with your development;
  • Competitive salary ($70,689) with an increment after 12 months;
  • Professional and personal development through training, site visits, placements, workshops and leadership programs;
  • Opportunities for regional and remote travel;
  • Flexible working hours to suit your lifestyle;
  • Career progression in a challenging and rewarding workplace, with the opportunity for you to make a difference to the lives of Western Australians.

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