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Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Our Department

We are a department that is forward looking and strives to be innovative in everything we do. We identify risks, emerging trends and opportunities. We look for creative solutions to challenges and we are on the front foot providing current advice to Government.

Employment is central to the Australian way of life. Having a job provides financial security throughout life, enabling choice of investment in housing, education and health. As well as providing financial security, having a job can enhance self-esteem, social skills and self-confidence.

We want every Australian to have the opportunity to get ahead and build a better life for themselves and their families; and for employers to have confidence to grow their businesses and hire new employees.

This vision is built on the Government’s plans for stronger economic growth. By providing good advice on policies that will create jobs, helping job seekers into work and encouraging great workplaces, we build Australia’s participation and productivity.

The department works on initiatives such as jobactive, PaTH, Transition to Work, Empowering YOUth Initiatives, ParentsNext and the Seasonal Worker Programme.

Our Graduates

Our graduates are bold thought leaders who are passionate about supporting national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment, and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

They embrace diversity, valuing the contributions, experiences and perspectives of others.

We are looking for people who have strong communication skills, are curious about the world around them and keep an open-mind to new ideas and thinking outside the box.

To see what past graduates have experienced, visit our website - 

The department encourages and welcomes applications for the Graduate Program from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature-age people.

Diversity and Our People

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is committed to reconciliation and supports workplace diversity. It values the contributions of people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives and this is reinforced in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Our commitment to diversity is further demonstrated through the department’s:

  • Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Career Plan
  • Disability Action Plan
  • Gender Equality Action Plan

We are a Gold member of the Australian Network on Disability, a member of Pride in Diversity and a member of the Diversity Council of Australia.

As a further commitment to workplace diversity, the department has appointed members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) to the roles of:

  • Indigenous Leader
  • Indigenous Champion
  • Disability Champion
  • Pride Champion
  • Gender Champion
  • Champion of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Employees

Our Disability Champion fosters workplace diversity and inclusion so employees can bring their full selves to work, every day. As a further commitment to workplace diversity, the department has a number of active and engaged employee networks including:

  • Indigenous Staff Network
  • RAP Network 
  • Disability Employee Network 
  • Pride Network 
  • CALD Network
  • Gender Equality Network in Employment (geniE)
  • Network of Employment Women in IT (NEWinIT)
  • Emerging Leaders Network (ELN)


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