The Australian Government Department of Health develops and delivers policies and programs and advise the Australian Government on health, aged care and sport. We work with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure better health for all Australians.
Applications for the 2021 Graduate Program are open from Friday 6 March to Friday 3 April 2020.
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What we do
The Australian Department of Health works to deliver an affordable, quality health and aged care system and better health, ageing and sport outcomes for all Australians.
Our vision is better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations.
We aim to achieve our vision through evidence-based policy, well targeted programs and best practice regulation.
Our strategic priorities include:
- better health and ageing outcomes for all Australians
- an affordable, quality health and aged care system
- better sport outcomes.
See our Corporate Plan for full details on our purpose and priorities.
Our work involves the following:
- Awareness and education
We provide information and advice to the Australian community on health, ageing and aged care topics and issues.
- Consultation and engagement
We work with stakeholders including members of the public, other government agencies, peak bodies and service providers.
- Initiatives and programs
We work on initiatives and programs to deliver services and activities in health, aged care and sport.
We identify and investigate issues and develop policy to provide the best possible solutions to challenges across health, ageing and aged care, and sport.
- Regulation and compliance
We regulate the health and aged care system to protect your health and safety.
We use research to make sure our ideas are sound and that you receive the best possible treatment and care.
- Grants and tenders
We manage tenders and grants to deliver activities, goods and services.
- Corporate reporting
Browse our corporate plan, annual reports, budget statements, senate order listings, and Freedom of Information (FOI) disclosures.
At Health, employees are able to contribute ideas and learn new skills in an environment which draws upon diversity and fosters innovation and high performance. Your work will affect the lives of real Australians.
Key Programs and Initiatives
National Immunisation Program which aims to increase immunisation coverage to reduce the number of diseases that are preventable by vaccination in Australia.
Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is supporting our inspiring researchers to discover the next penicillin, pacemaker, cervical cancer vaccine, or cochlear ear.
Ageing and Aged Care provides information, tools and resources to support the aged care sector through well-targeted, and best regulation that promotes equity of access, quality care and the protection of vulnerable consumers.
Indigenous Health works closely with other Government Department to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through Close the Gap initiatives and other programs.
My Health Record is a recently introduced initiative which allows you to control your health information securely in one place.
Office of Sport coordinates the Australian Government’s involvement in major sporting events hosted by Australia.
More information on the work of the department including the 2019 Annual Report and programs and campaigns and can be viewed on the Department of Health’s website.
- A 10 month program, which includes 3 diverse rotations
- Exposure to broad range of interesting and challenging work
- Canberra based, Opportunities may arise for participants to complete rotations in State and Territory offices
- Provides a range of on-the-job and off-the-job training
- Relocation assistance available for successful candidates who reside outside of Canberra
- Opportunities to work alongside and be mentored by Senior Executive officers
- Advancement to APS 4 classification on successful completion of program
Who we are looking for
We welcome applicants from highly motivated graduates who are prepared to tackle complex issues.
You don’t have to be a health professional to consider a career with Health. Our diverse work means we need graduates in a range of areas including, but not limited to:
- Information Technology
- Human resources
- Biomedical engineering
- Data Science and analytics
- Allied Health
- Health Sciences
- Data Analytics
- Public Health
- Public Policy
- Project Management
- Australian Citizens
- completed a degree or higher in the last 5 years (completed or recognised in Australia)
- obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level
What we offer our graduates
As an ongoing employee of the Department of Health your development will be supported by internal and external learning and development offerings. The Department aims to provide employees with the essential development options to build and maintain the skills required to be an effective department and APS employee. During the 10 month program you will have the opportunity to take part in:
- three diverse rotations
- on-the-job and off-the-job learning
- Australian Public Service Commission events
- attending Senate Estimates and Question Time during parliamentary sittings
- the chance to work alongside and be mentored by a Senior Executive Officers
We offer a starting salary of $62,592 pa plus an additional 15.4% employer contribution to superannuation. Upon successful completion of the Department of Health Graduate program, you will advance to an APS 4 with a salary of $72,332 plus 15.4% employer contribution to superannuation.
As a full-time Health employee, graduates are offered generous leave entitlements, including 20 days annual leave per year, personal leave, public holidays, and a paid Christmas shut-down. You will also be entitled to three months long service leave after 10 years of recognised service.
Flexible Work Options
Full time Department of Health employees are required to work 7.5 hours per day (37.5 hours per week). Flexible work hours are offered as an alternative to the traditional 9-5 work day and allow staff to vary their daily arrival or departure time to fit within their work area requirements and their lifestyle. Access to flexible working arrangements is via negotiation with your supervisor.
The Department of Health understands that some graduates will be relocating from interstate to take up a position in the graduate program. To assist you in this process, we offer some financial support towards your removal, relocation, and temporary accommodation expenses.
Stage 1 - Applications open Friday 6 March 2020
Stage 2 - Online Assessment
Stage 3 - Video interview
Stage 4 - Assessment Centres
Stage 5 - Offer and pre-employment checks
Commencement - February 2021
The department’s Graduate Program offers the opportunity to contribute ideas and learn new skills in an environment which draws upon diversity and fosters innovation and high performance.
You don’t have to be a health professional to consider a career with Health. Our diverse policy and corporate responsibilities require graduates with generalist and specialist skills in a range of areas such as; allied health, data science and analytics, economics, information technology, biomedical engineering, statistics, cybersecurity, public policy, nursing, science and research, medical science, human resources, and health care planning.
Degree: Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering)
Current Division: Residential and Flexible Aged Care
I chose the Department of Health Graduate Program as I wanted a job where I felt good about the work I was doing and where I could continue to develop professionally. Also, Canberra was pretty appealing!
I had three rotations during the program with my first being in the Dementia Policy and Supports Section where I helped support the Minister by preparing briefs and correspondence, as well as working on policies and programs in the dementia space.
My second rotation was in the Performance Reporting Section. I was given the opportunity to work on writing the Department’s Annual Report. This was a giant task and involved editing and reviewing text for the document. I was also able to pursue a personal goal of improving the department’s performance evidence.
My final rotation was in the Analytics Projects and Futures Section. During the rotation I developed my coding skills while writing a text-mining program for analysing pharmaceutical documents.
You’re coming in as a graduate, but once you’re settled into a rotation, don’t hesitate in establishing yourself as a full and contributing member of the team. Have opinions and participate in conversations with your section, your fresh point of view is an asset not to be wasted!
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Master of Public Health
I chose the Department of Health for my graduate program as following my studies in the area, I was interested to contribute to and understand Australia’s health policies.
My three rotations were in the Tobacco Control Branch, Budget branch and Office of the Secretary. In the Tobacco Control Branch, I assisted in preparing briefings and correspondence about Australia’s tobacco control measures for international forums. During my time in Budget Branch, I assisted quality assuring new policy proposals before higher level clearance and answering Department of Finance enquiries about the proposals. Finally in Office of the Secretary, I performed a secretariat function for the Senior Governance Committees, in particular the Data Governance and Analytics Committee, of which I held primary responsibility.
My highlights of the program were the people I met throughout my rotation and within my graduate cohort. Through this, I formed a strong network of friends and colleagues (after arriving from Melbourne two years ago knowing very few people!).
At Health, our vision is for better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations. We acknowledge and respect the importance of the diversity of our workforce, its representation of the community we serve, and the strength it brings to the outcomes we deliver. We are building a culture where flexible working arrangements are for everyone, and the health and wellbeing of our staff is invested in.
We recognise diversity within an organisation has many benefits including increased innovation, improved understanding of-and service to-clients, and attraction of talent from the widest possible pool of potential staff.
The department aims to be a model employer providing an inclusive workplace that is understanding and respectful of differences such as: age, carer responsibilities, cultural background, disability, educational level, ethnicity, gender expression, intersex status, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
Workplace Diversity Projects
The department is currently implementing a number of initiatives to raise awareness of diversity and increase inclusion in employment. These initiatives include:
- Reconciliation Action Plan, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Retention Strategy
- Accessibility Action Plan
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Action Plan (in development)
- Health's Gender Equality Blueprint 2017-20.
Health is also a member of the following best practice organisations and programs:
- Pride in Diversity, encouraging LGBTI inclusion in our workplace
- Gold membership with Australian Network on Disability
- Diversity Council of Australia
- Health participates in the Jawun Indigenous secondment program, Pat Turner Scholarship & Sir Roland Wilson PHD Scholarship
- Health works with Reconciliation Australia on the development of our Reconciliation Action Plan.
Health has a number of diversity related staff networks which are supported by members of the Senior Executive Service Champions as a focus for progressing departmental action on diversity issues. Our networks are:
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network including a Friends of the Network for non-indigenous staff
- Disability and Carers Network
- Health Pride Network
- Gender Equality Network
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Network (CaLD Network)
The Department of Health’s Gender Equality Network is an informal staff-led network committed to supporting gender equality and flexible work by advocating for an inclusive culture. We value inclusivity, openness, and empowerment.
Our vision is for all members of staff, regardless of gender or personal circumstances, to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential both professionally and personally.
Key objectives of the network are to effectively build capability across the department to:
- promote gender balance of leadership at all levels;
- challenge typical gender roles;
- provide equal access to development opportunities;
- integrate working styles with societal drivers;
- achieve career goals whilst maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle; and
- overcome barriers to advancement.
This will be achieved by:
- Modelling a culture of equality for both women and men and those outside the gender binary;
- Educating others about the importance of a work-life balanced culture;
- Learning from our leaders and champions; and
- Sharing with peers, including across the APS.
The Department has several policies to support staff including flexible working hour arrangements, Home Based Work Guidelines, Domestic and Family Violence Policy as well as favourable working conditions under our Enterprise Agreement.
Health Pride is the department’s employee led network for lesbian gay, bisexual transgender and intersex (LGBTI) staff and their allies. It is supported by Senior Executive Pride Champions, who actively raise awareness for staff through events and advocate on behalf of our LGBTI employees.
The Health Pride Network provides support and representation for:
- LGBTI staff
- people who might identify with another orientation or gender identity
- LGBTI allies.
The network aims to give LGBTI staff and allies a safe, respectful environment to:
- network and plan events and activities to promote LGBTI acceptance
- provide input to the department on policies and practices that have an impact on LGBTI staff.
The Health Pride Network celebrates a number of events and initiatives during the year including: Wear it purple Day; International Transgender Awareness Week; International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT); and World AIDS Day.
The Health Pride Network Committee, in partnership with network members and Health Pride Champions, continue to:
- advocate to the department the views and perspectives of network members;
- represent the department to external stakeholders including government and non-government organisations;
- represent the department at meetings and forums where issues affecting network members are being discussed;
- provide guidance and support to network members on LGBTI+ issues’
- facilitate, in partnership with other employees/work areas, broader learning and awareness of issues relating to the network members.
- run, or assist in running, events for network members; and
- assist with the implementation of the LGBTI Action Plan.
The department is an ongoing member of Pride in Diversity, a member based organisation that supports the department to meet its responsibilities to staff, by assisting them to conduct training and awareness sessions for all staff. The department will work closely with Pride in Diversity to conceptualise its LGBTI workforce action plan which will formalise the ways in which the department supports its LGBTI staff and makes the workplace more inclusive and equitable.
The department’s Disability and Carers Network provides a forum for staff with disability, people who provide unpaid care and support to family members to speak up with confidence regarding issues and challenges. The network is supported by three Disability and Carers Champions. The Champions represent the network to the executive and the department to the wider Australian Public Service (APS).
The network can:
- provide advice to the department on policy that affects staff or people in the community with disabilities
- organise and participate in awareness activities in the department
- support and advocate for each other
- mentor staff with disability
- engage with the department and senior leaders on disability matters.
The network participates in a series of events each year to raise awareness and engage with each other, including: Diversity Conference, Australian Network on Disability (AND) Conference, International Day of People with Disability and National Carers Week.
The Accessibility Action Plan 2016-2019 (AAP) outlines how we will work together to build and strengthen our departmental culture, and is another step towards our goal to make Health an employer of choice for people with disability and those who care for people with disability.
The AAP aligns with the Department’s Strategic Intent 2016 – 2020 that outlines the department’s five year approach to attracting, retaining, building capability and motivating our people to deliver outstanding performance, and reporting and evaluating our success to continually improve.
There are also several policies in place to support staff including: the Workplace Adjustment Policy and Guidelines, Workplace Adjustment Passport, Flexible Working Arrangements, Home Based Work Guidelines, Early Intervention, Domestic and Family Violence, Fitness for Duty, Workplace Rehabilitation as well as favourable working conditions under our Enterprise Agreement.
The department is committed in providing a workplace which is culturally safe and inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We recognise and value the diverse and extensive knowledge, skills and experiences that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to Health and commit to providing opportunities for professional and personal development.
This commitment is supported by the following:
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network (NATSISN) and associated Friends of the Network
- 2017-19 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Champions
- Cultural Appreciation Program
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Employment and Retention Strategy
The department’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network is an informal peer network, run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. The network’s purpose is to:
- Provide guidance and support to Network members
- Advocate the views and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
- Raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the department
- Build mutually respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and non-Indigenous staff.
NATSISN’s affiliate membership, Friends of the Network, is an opportunity for non- Indigenous staff to show their commitment to reconciliation and to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities.
The department’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) assists us to contribute towards a reconciled Australia, in which all Australians understand and value the cultures, experiences and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Reconciliation is an ongoing endeavour, and all Health employees have an important role to play in advocating and delivering on all outcomes in this plan.
The network is supported by Senior Executive Champions who provide leadership and drive initiatives to support to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce, and contribute to celebrating and recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the department.
Health has a Cultural Appreciation Program (CAP) which is designed to give employees a greater appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders culture, customs and traditions.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Support
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The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Network promotes and celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity across the Department of Health by recognising and encouraging contributions to public administration made by CaLD staff at all levels. The CaLD Network supports staff to share the wealth of their culture, display their talents and promote the appreciation of other cultures. The Network also collaborates and synergises with other CaLD networks.
The vision of the CaLD Network is to have a rich diverse and inclusive global culture across the department where all cultures fell represented in the department and are able to fulfil their potential as equal members of our community. Diversity powers our mission. Our strength, resilience and creativity derive from our different ages, backgrounds, caring responsibilities, cultures, neurodiversities, physical abilities, religions. We commit to a respectful and inclusive workplace where it is safe for our people to bring their whole selves to work. Our work is challenging, and experience shows that the best teams contain people from different backgrounds. Whether you require flexible working arrangements, celebrate particular holidays or have your own particular requirements to do your job to the best of your ability, we can support you.
The network can:
- provide advice to the department on policy that affects staff or people in the community that come from a CaLD background, including the department’s employment agreement
- organise and participate in awareness activities in the department and encourage greater diversity in the workplace • support and advocate for each other
- mentor staff that come from a CaLD background
- engage with the department and senior leaders on CaLD matters.
The network participates in a series of events each year to raise awareness and engage with each other, including Harmony Day and various Network activities designed to celebrate CaLD diversity and inclusion.