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The Health Graduate Program

Department of Health

  • A 10 month program
  • Three rotations
  • Canberra based, opportunities may arise for participants to complete rotations in State and Territory offices 
  • Comprehensive learning and development curriculum
  • Relocation assistance available for successful candidates who reside outside of Canberra
  • Opportunities to connect with Senior Executive Service officers 
  • Mentoring program
  • Advancement to APS 4 classification on successful completion of program

Who we are looking for

We are looking for Australian Citizens who have completed a degree in Australia, or recognised in Australia, within the last 5 years. 

Our Graduate Program is a generalist program seeking a variety of study disciplines including:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Communications
  • Business
  • Human resources
  • Allied Health
  • Commerce
  • Management
  • Health Sciences
  • Data Analytics
  • Accounting
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Science
  • Psychology

What we offer our graduates

Development Activities

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:

  • internal courses
  • Australian Public Service Commission events
  • attending Senate Estimates and Question Time during parliamentary sittings
  • on the job experiences
  • the chance to be mentored by a Senior Executive Service mentor


We offer a starting salary of $61,364* pa plus an additional 15.4% employer contribution to superannuation. Upon successful completion of the Department of Health Graduate program, you will advance to a minimum of APS 4: $70,914, plus 15.4% employer contribution to superannuation.

Leave Entitlements

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.

Relocation Expenses

The Department of Health understands that some graduates will be relocating from interstate to take up a position in the graduate program. To ensure this process is as easy as possible for you, we offer a generous relocation package which may include your removal and relocation expenses. We will also provide you with temporary accommodation for up to 21 days while you secure a place to live.

Application Process

Stage 1 - Applications open 28 March 2019

Stage 2 - Online Assessment

Stage 3 - Video interview

Stage 4 - Assessment Centres

Stage 5 - Verbal offer and pre-employment checks

Commencement - February 2020


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