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Applications for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2021 Graduate Program open on Wednesday 25 March 2020 and close at 11.30 pm Tuesday 28 April 2020.


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Past Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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Past Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Graduate Programs

Check out some of Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


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Accounting, Arts and Humanities,

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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Graduate Program 2021

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Australian Citizen

About Us - what we do

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


At the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) we strive to be bold, be excellent and drive change. Our role is to provide fresh thinking and sound advice to government.

Our expertise spans social and women’s policy, economic and international policy, defence, national security and everything in between. With such diverse responsibilities, we can offer a large variety of opportunities.

Opportunities – what we offer our students.

At PM&C we believe that the journey is more important than the destination. Our program empowers graduates to discover, learn and grow through diverse opportunities.

Working across PM&C gives you the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of the Government's priorities. You will gain experience developing and implementing government policy.

We provide an environment focused on working smarter. Through the rollout of Working Your Way across our offices, we work flexibly and collaboratively with great technology, tools and systems.

2021 Graduate Program

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


About the program 

  • The program is based in Canberra.
  • Flexible rotation process where Graduates are given freedom to navigate their own journey.
  • You will be provided on-the-job training, and structured learning and development.
  • You will work on exciting projects and activities at the heart of government.

Corporate and Government Stream

PM&C is a modern, collaborative and responsive organisation that drives excellence across the Australian Public Service (APS), delivering quality outcomes for the Government and Australian public.

Our staff and the government need practical tools, service and support to excel. From building a future-ready workforce by developing our staff, supporting an activity-based working ecosystem, coordinating Cabinet meetings, enabling an agile digital environment, organising international visits, and building an enduring security culture.

This is all supported by the Department’s enabling functions, and are critical to the Department and government's operation. Corporate and Government areas cut across legal policy, parliamentary, cabinet and ministerial support, protocols and international visits, human resource management, communications and media, ICT and financial management.

We are looking for individuals who like being a part of the big picture and are committed to their following their field of study from the lecture hall and into the workplace. If you like using your skillset and technical expertise to achieve outcomes and drive high quality services, you will be drawn to the Corporate and Government Stream.

Generalist Stream

In becoming a knowledge organisation, we encourage staff to actively seek out opportunities that champion emotional intelligence, relationships, creativity and critical thinking.

We value the curiosity of our staff, those who are growth focused and intent on sharing and leveraging information, resources, talent and experiences. To strengthen PM&C as a modern, responsive and fit-for-purpose organisation, we need to celebrate successes and always be open to learning.

The Generalist Stream is for the curious mind, those who do not have the end goal in sight, but who seek to be inspired on their journey of discovery. You will be drawn to the Generalist stream if you have an open mind and are interested in discovering where you can best leverage your strengths. You seek to learn and understand the Department and are humble yet tactical in your pursuit. You want to work at PM&C because you believe that there is no greater vocation than the APS


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On the Job with Siobhan from the Department of PM&C

Siobhan Dwyer is an adviser at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She joined as a graduate in 2019. Prior to the Department, she was working at the Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue at Griffith University, after graduating with a Bachelor of Government and International Relations from Griffith University in 2017.

Why the interest in PM&C?

The Department is a central agency, which means it offers exposure to work across a broad range of subject areas and the opportunity to provide whole-of-government policy advice. I was also attracted to the idea of being able to brief the Prime Minister and Portfolio Ministers, including the Minister for Women.

How does the grad program work?

My graduate program was an 18-month program consisting of one 6-month and three four-month rotations in different areas of the Department.

When I first joined, I worked in the Office for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing team where I assisted with the Incoming Government Briefing process and a whole-of-Government Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Policy. My second rotation was in the Greater Western Australia Regional Network in the National Indigenous Australians Agency. Here I worked with remote Indigenous communities in WA on a wide range of policies. I am currently completing my third rotation in the Inclusion and Diversity team within People Branch.

Best aspects of the program thus far?

The diversity of opportunities within the graduate program has been a definite highlight. Nowhere else would I have dreamed that in my first year I would get to attend an international women’s day event in Parliament House, directly participate in an Incoming Government Briefing process or work directly with some of Australia’s most remote communities.

What has been most challenging?

Adapting to the pace of the Department and the sheer scope of the work has taken time. The start of each rotation offers new challenges as you adjust to different workstyles and learn new subject areas.

The most surprising part?

I have been continuously amazed at the generosity of colleagues here. People have taken time out of their days to share their stories both as graduates and beyond, to check in to see how I am settling into Canberra both professionally and personally and even to decode particularly difficult acronyms. PM&C fosters a collaborative and supportive culture, where staff are encouraged and supported to become curious, well-rounded advisers.

What did you do between studying and full-time work?

I worked for a Federal Member for Parliament before starting with the Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue at Griffith University. Both jobs provided me with great experiences to draw on when applying for graduate roles in the Australian Public Service.

Advice to current students?

Don’t be afraid to apply for your dream job – if you never try, you’ll never know. Applying for graduate programs can be very demanding and time-consuming, but it will all be worth it when you arrive at orientation on your first day and meet your new colleagues.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our Graduates

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Who are we looking for?

As the department provides advice that impacts the entire community, we want a workforce that represents the many voices of our nation. We are looking for graduates with a variety of degrees and different experiences that will contribute to advancing the wellbeing of all Australians.

We encourage applications from people with diverse experience and backgrounds including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people; mature age and people with disability.

Day in the life

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A day in the life of a graduate

Name: Alexandra Lockhart

Role: Adviser, Health Branch, Social Policy Division

University: University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology

Degree: Bachelor of English Literature and Laws

YOUR DAY

6.45am – Wake up and get ready for work.

7.15am – Leave home and drive to work.

7.25am – Arrive at work for Question Time Duty. It’s a sitting week so one member of the Health Branch attends work at 7.30am each morning to monitor requests from the Prime Minister’s Office to update our Question Time Briefs to help prepare the Prime Minister for potential questions in Question Time that day.

7.30am – Login, check emails and scan media.

7.50am – Prepare a media monitoring email to the Health Branch which includes any hot topics that we will need to keep an eye on ahead of Parliament sitting that day.

8.15am – Coordinate input for a meeting agenda between our Executive and the Chief Budget Officer at Department of Health.

8.30am – Start drafting a response to an item of children’s correspondence the Prime Minister has received.

9.15am – Attend our Social Policy Division stand-up. We have these stand-ups three times a week and they are a good chance to highlight what each branch is working on and upcoming events that are being held within the Division and by the diversity networks in PM&C. 9.40am – Discuss changes to a brief we are preparing for the Prime Minister with my director.

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10.00am – Make changes to the brief for the Prime Minister following a discussion with my director.

11.30am – Walk to Barton Grocer to buy some snacks for the day.

11.45am – Follow up on the meeting agenda and compile input from the branch to send to our Executive.

12.15pm – Attend meeting with the Chief Budget Officer and Executive team to discuss upcoming Health Budget priorities.

1.00pm – Take a break and go for a walk around Lake Burley Griffin with a friend.

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2.15pm – Return to the Prime Minister’s brief and make further changes, before brief goes to my Executive tomorrow.

3.30pm – Attend high level meeting with Department of Finance and Department of Treasury to discuss upcoming Health Budget priorities.

4.30pm – Complete administrative tasks including calling my contacts in the Cabinet Division to follow up on a weekly report that I send around to the Health Branch.

5.15pm – Drive home from work

6.00pm – Head to grocery store and start to plan dinner for the night.


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A day in the life of a graduate

Name: Tristian Delroy

Role: Graduate, Health Branch, PM&C

University: Australian National University

Degree: Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts

YOUR DAY:

7:00am – Wake up and go for a jog through the park near Lake Burley Griffin.

7:45am – Eat breakfast and do some reading (I’m currently reading Bury the Chains, by Adam Hochschild, a history of the anti-slavery movement). Get ready for the day.

8:45am – Walk to the PM&C office.

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9:00am – Meet with my supervisor to discuss priorities for the week and get advice on how to approach some of these tasks. There is a diverse range of work, as our branch advises and supports the Prime Minister across all areas of health policy.

9:30am – Meet with all of Social Policy Division to share updates on key issues in each portfolio, including education, aged care and social services.

9:45am – Finish an event brief for the Prime Minister, prepared in collaboration with teams across PM&C and the Department of Health and send the draft brief to my supervisor.

10:45am – Get a soy flat white at the cafe with another graduate, working in in the Office for Women. It’s always interesting catching up with other graduates and hearing about what projects they’re working on.

11:00am – Meet with the Department of Finance and Treasury to discuss policy proposals in the Budget.

12:00pm – Get a sandwich from the Barton shops and eat lunch with some other graduates working in different teams around the Department.

1:00pm – Meet with my team and our Assistant Secretary to discuss a policy deep-dive project, sharing the research and case studies we have prepared.

2:00pm – Assist a colleague with urgent updates to a brief for the Prime Minister to incorporate statistics which have just been released.

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3:00pm – Meet with the branch to discuss how we can improve diversity and inclusion.

3:30pm – Make some green tea in the kitchen.

3:45pm – Meet with my supervisor to get feedback on how the event brief can be improved. Make these changes and submit the brief for clearance.

5:36pm – Walk home. Canberra is a beautiful place to walk, especially in autumn and spring.

6:00pm – Make dinner (ramen with tofu) and watch a film recommended by a colleague (Caramel, directed by Nadine Labaki).

9:00pm – Do some reading (The Overstory, by Richard Powers), mediate and get to sleep.


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On the Job with Siobhan from the Department of PM&C

Siobhan Dwyer is an adviser at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She joined as a graduate in 2019. Prior to the Department, she was working at the Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue at Griffith University, after graduating with a Bachelor of Government and International Relations from Griffith University in 2017.

Why the interest in PM&C?

The Department is a central agency, which means it offers exposure to work across a broad range of subject areas and the opportunity to provide whole-of-government policy advice. I was also attracted to the idea of being able to brief the Prime Minister and Portfolio Ministers, including the Minister for Women.

How does the grad program work?

The graduate program is a 12 month program which provides the opportunity to rotate across the many different areas of the Department and also involves regular professional development seminars and peer mentoring.

When I first joined, I worked in the Office for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing team where I assisted with the Incoming Government Briefing process and a whole-of-Government Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Policy. I am currently completing a rotation in the Inclusion and Diversity team within People Branch. It is interesting to see the strategies currently being developed and in place dedicated to the inclusivity and diversity of PM&C staff.

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Best aspects of the program thus far?

The diversity of opportunities within the graduate program has been a definite highlight. Nowhere else would I have dreamed that in my first year I would get to attend an international women’s day event in Parliament House, directly participate in an Incoming Government Briefing process or present at the Secretary’s All Staff address.

What has been most challenging?

Adapting to the pace of the Department and the sheer scope of the work has taken time. The start of each rotation offers new challenges as you adjust to different workstyles and learn new subject areas.

The most surprising part?

I have been continuously amazed at the generosity of colleagues here. People have taken time out of their days to share their stories both as graduates and beyond, to check in to see how I am settling into Canberra both professionally and personally and even to decode particularly difficult acronyms. PM&C fosters a collaborative and supportive culture, where staff are encouraged and supported to become curious, well-rounded advisers.

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What did you do between studying and full-time work?

I worked for a Federal Member for Parliament before starting with the Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue at Griffith University. Both jobs provided me with great experiences to draw on when applying for graduate roles in the Australian Public Service.

Advice to current students?

Don’t be afraid to apply for your dream job – if you never try, you’ll never know. Applying for graduate programs can be very demanding and time-consuming, but it will all be worth it when you arrive at orientation on your first day and meet your new colleagues.


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Lachlan McDevitt

Graduate at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

5.30 AM - Wake up, get in active wear, drink a coffee and head to the gym.

7.50AM - Return home, make breakfast and get ready for the day ahead.

8.00 AM - I don’t change out of gym gear. Instead I pack my clothes and cycle to work and shower there. I have a locker at work that has all the essentials in case I accidentally forget something.

8.30 AM - Arrive at work, shower and change, login and check emails.

9.00 AM - Do a daily media round up for the team by scouring the web for relevant articles before circulating them to the team. Check the correspondence across the division and chase up items that are running on tight deadlines.

9.30 AM - Attend a policy meeting with colleagues and other relevant agencies.

10.30 AM - Grab a quick coffee from downstairs. Iced-Long black is the order, and it pairs perfectly with a fresh cinnamon donut from the café. Once caffeine is in hand, it’s time to return to the desk and work on a brief for an international visit for the Prime Minister. The brief will outline the key items that the Prime Minister needs to be aware of that are relevant to our team. The brief will need to be concise so that he can quickly digest the essentials whilst on the plane. I will cross-reference this information with colleagues from the Cyber Security team and also International division to ensure accuracy and consistency.

1.00 PM - It’s lunch time and I’m itching for food after busting out that brief. Most days, I pack lunch and head to the Rose Garden’s across the road to catch up with other grads and soak up some Vitamin D. If I forget to pack lunch, a nearby café makes a mean Reuben sandwich, which is hard to pass up on.

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2.00 PM - Head back into the office and check in with the team. We are often invited to attend talks by prominent speakers either within our Department, or at some of the neighbouring Departments. John Garnaut is speaking at DFAT and I am being sent to listen and take notes. I pack my notebook and stroll over to DFAT for the presentation.

3.30 PM - Walk back to PM&C. I grab my laptop and head downstairs for a Social Club meeting. As part of Social Club, I coordinate the Snack Shack on the 3rd floor which services the whole Department, and goes towards the departmental Christmas party. I’ll update Social Club on sales and listen to any feedback and suggestions. It may sound like a small role, but when the Department is going through Senate or Budget Estimates, stock depletes fast and employees need their sugar fix to work long shifts.

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4.30 PM - Run back upstairs to continue working on briefs. I’m often given ad hoc tasks by people in my team which can vary in their nature. At times, it might be researching a topical issue in the media, or chasing up work that stakeholders are handling.

5.15 PM - I check to see if there are any urgent requests that are sitting with the team. If not, I pack up my desk and head downstairs to my bike.

6.00 PM - In winter, I play rugby for a local club in Canberra. We usually kick off around 6pm and train for 90 minutes. Afterwards I cycle home and shower.

8.00 PM - I usually enjoy dinner at home, however, one of the other grads has invited me for Laksa at a local restaurant, and that’s an offer I simply can’t refuse.

9.30 - PM Head home, unwind and get ready for whatever tomorrow has in store.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pride

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PM&C has an active Pride Employee Network, supported by an Pride Executive Champion, which aims to support and promote a culture where all employees, including those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and/or queer + (LGBTIQ+ ), are able to participate and fulfil their potential in the workplace. As per the 2019 APS Employee Census, PM&C has 6% of staff who chose to share that they identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and/or Intersex.

In March 2018, the department launched its Gender Affirmation and Transition Policy. The intent of this policy is to ensure that staff who transition while working at PM&C are supported by clear guidance about how the Department can assist them.

PM&C has also met the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender. The purpose of these guidelines is to introduce new protections and practices from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. Our HR information systems have been updated to capture gender ‘X’ upon commencement.

The Department is a member of Pride in Diversity which is the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion specialising in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity. This membership includes participation in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), Australia’s national benchmarking instrument for LGBTI workplace inclusion

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Disability Programs

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Our focus on disability is on ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for people with both physical and mental conditions. As per the 2018 APS Employee Census, the Department has 7% of our total staff who have shared that they experience disability. PM&C has an active Ability Employee Network of around 80 members and is supported by the PM&C Disability Executive Champion. Alongside our Disability Employee Network, the department also participates in, and undertakes a number of initiatives which support staff. These include:

  • Gold Member of the Australian Network on Disability’ and
  • Disability Action Plan

RecruitAbility Scheme

In PM&C all roles are advertised under the RecruitAbility scheme. The RecruitAbility Scheme provides candidates with disability who opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements of an advertised role to be advanced to a further stage in the selection process (this is usually through to the interview stage).

As a major initiative of the As One – Australian Public Service Disability Employment Strategy developed by the APSC, RecruitAbility is a scheme which aims to attract and develop applicants with an identified disability and also facilitate cultural changes in selection panels and agency recruitment

Working your Way

PM&C is committed to understanding the needs of staff who have disabilities. The fit-out design in our offices for Working Your Way spaces is compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and has also applied the higher level NDIS design guidelines.

The Disability Employee Network and disability design experts were engaged to ensure the latest accessibility considerations were included in the design. Each staff member with a known disability is engaged pre and post move to ensure their needs are met. Typically this is in consultation with a physiotherapist/ergonomist

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

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We have an active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Network (the Mara Network) which is supported by and Indigenous Executive Champion. Mara plays an important role in supporting the effective operations of the Department, in particular, informing the development and implementation of policies, programmes and initiatives relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and communities.

PM&C has set ambitious targets for a new ‘Stretch’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), with support from our Reconciliation Executive Champion, to embed reconciliation in our everyday business.

The department hosts NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week events each year to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements. We have also implemented the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols Guide, which was developed to assist all PM&C employees to work respectfully and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

PM&C offers an online Indigenous Cultural Competence program called Core. Core provides a significant foundation for appropriate communication with, and understanding of, Indigenous Australians. Although not mandatory, we encourage all Departmental employees to undertake this essential development, regardless of their level of engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 
 
 
 
 
 

How to apply

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


To be eligible to apply you will need to:

  • have completed at least a three-year undergraduate bachelor degree obtaining a credit average within the last eight years. All degrees must be complete by 31 December 2020 and be recognised in Australia.
  • be able to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance to a minimum of Baseline level
  • be an Australian citizen or will be an Australian citizen by 30 June 2020. You will need to provide evidence to verify impending citizenship.

To apply, submit an application through our Graduate Careers page. Applications open 7:30 am Monday March 25th 2020 and close 11:30 pm Tuesday 28th April 2020.

We are a workplace that respects and values diversity. We encourage applications from people with diverse experience and backgrounds including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people; mature age and people with a disability.

PM&C is proud to be a member of the Diversity Council of Australia, the Australian Network on Disability, and Pride in Diversity. We are also White Ribbon Accredited.

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