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Human Resources - Department of Human Services National Graduate Program 2018

Professional pathway—Human Resources

The Professional pathway offers you the opportunity to focus your career in a particular area. To apply for this pathway you should have a comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues and practices related to your area of expertise or technical discipline. We are looking for graduates with a degree or major in human resources that are committed to providing high quality and strategic human resource services and advice.

Human Resource projects and tasks:

  • exposure to work of strategic and functional HR business areas
  • provide advice, support and guidance on a range of HR issues
  • assist with the delivery of a range of HR functions and strategic projects


Human Resources graduates will complete a total of four rotations in different branches over a two year period. Two rotations will be completed during the ten month NGP. Upon completion of the NGP an additional two rotations are available for Human Resources Professional graduates.

This will ensure you develop broad skills across the department’s People divisions and build your capability in both operational and strategic work environments with the support of experienced colleagues.

It should be noted that the NGP itself is a ten month program and following successful completion you will advance to an APS5 classification in December 2018. You will have the option of continuing the specialised rotation and training opportunities within the People Divisions following completion of the NGP.

Placement locations

The majority of our NGP positions are located in Canberra. Opportunities to undertake the NGP in areas outside Canberra are limited and vary each year. Being willing to relocate for a position is one of our eligibility criteria.

Development activities

We have a range of formal and informal training and development opportunities to help you grow and create a career with unlimited opportunities. During our 10 month program you will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of learning including:

  • Australian Public Service Commission events
  • attending Senate Estimates and Question Time during parliamentary sittings
  • organising and participating in department wide and graduate specific development activities
  • on the job experiences
  • the chance to grow with the support of a Senior Executive Service mentor

These opportunities will:

  • strengthen your networking skills
  • develop your career
  • expose you to our business
  • broaden your understanding of the APS and the Australian Parliamentary process

There are a number of compulsory elements you’ll need to take part in to successfully graduate from our program.

These include:

  • a two week orientation
  • an accredited training course
  • a graduate presentation to our senior executive. You will work with others in the program to develop innovative solutions to issues and present your ideas to our executive
  • a one week Outbound Journey
  • graduation ceremony

Accredited learning

Previous intakes have participated in the Diploma of Government, an accredited course which addresses the function and operation of the Australian Government, as well as rules and guidelines to help you transition into the APS.


We also know how important it is to feel supported throughout your time on the program. We have a dedicated team in place to support you from your initial offer and relocation, right through to your graduation ceremony.

We work hard to ensure you settle into the program and make the most of the unlimited opportunities our department has to offer!

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