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The Recruitment Process

Department of Education

You will be required to undertake a range of assessment activities as below:

Indicative timing

Assessment task

31 July 2019

Applications close

August 2019

Online Assessment (Cognitive/Psychometric)

August/September 2019

Virtual Interview

End of September 2019

Assessment Centre (held in Capital Cities)

October 2019

Referee checks conducted

November 2019

Employment offers


To be eligible for the 2020 Department of Education Graduate Program, you must:

  • Be an Australia Citizen - under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing.
  • You must have successfully completed a Bachelor degree or higher within five years prior to the start date of the 2020 Education Graduate Program (early 2020)
  • Be eligible to obtain a valid Australian Government security clearance
  • Applicants must be prepared to relocate to Canberra for the 2020 graduate program.

How to apply

To apply for this position you will need to submit your application in eRecruit (the department’s online recruitment system). Please see our website to apply at

Applicants are required to provide a one page summary (no more than 750 words) addressing the following: 

The Department of Education is working to maximise life choices for every Australia – of all ages and at every stage of life by ensuring every child, student and family has access to a quality education that will prepare them for the future.  

  • What has motivated you to apply for the Graduate Program with the Department of Education?
  • What skills, behaviours and experience will you bring to the position?

The Department of Education Corporate Plan 2018-19 provides the cultural traits which underpin the way in which we work. Consider in your response what behaviors you would use to demonstrate these cultural traits.

Your response should include relevant examples that demonstrate how your skills, experience and knowledge will help you contribute to supporting the department’s initiatives. Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

To use as a guide when developing your statement, an explanation of the difference in capability required at the APS levels can be found at the following link:

The APS work level standards accommodate the diversity of roles across the APS and are structured to clearly differentiate between the work expected (i.e. responsibilities and duties) at each classification level.

In the eRecruit (the department’s online recruitment system) you will also need to:

  • upload a Curriculum Vitae 2 page maximum (Note: In your application, you must state your substantive classification level)
  • provide contact details for 2 Referees.

RecruitAbility Scheme

The Department is committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability. Our participation in the APS RecruitAbility scheme means we will progress an applicant with disability to a further stage in the recruitment process, where they opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements for the position.

How do I opt into the RecruitAbility scheme?

You will be asked to indicate if you wish to opt into the RecruitAbility scheme in the Diversity section of the application form. You must tick the ‘opt in’ box to participate in the scheme. Simply declaring that you have a disability will not automatically include you in the scheme.

Details about the RecruitAbility scheme can be found at the Australian Public Service Commission’s website via this link

Workplace Adjustments

We provide reasonable adjustments such as access, equipment or other practical support at relevant stages of the recruitment process. If you require adjustment please state this in the Diversity section of the application form.


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