The Victorian Government graduate program is a year-long opportunity to experience public service, grow your potential and gain new skills. It includes 3 rotations in different departments. You'll contribute to important work and make connections across government.
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The Victorian Public Service provides health, education, transport, emergency services and more. The community trusts the public sector to serve them effectively, help grow the economy and keep people safe.
But there’s still important work to do.
To help strengthen our performance in these areas, we need graduates from all sorts of disciplines and diverse backgrounds.
Your work might include policy, administration, stakeholder engagement, community development, communications, science, healthcare, education, emergency services, and the list goes on and on.
Work with purpose
No matter where you end up in the program, as a graduate you’ll be working for the people of Victoria on projects that benefit everyone. Our graduates report feeling a sense of satisfaction knowing the difference they make to improving the lives of others.
Salaries and benefits
Graduates receive an attractive package of salaries and benefits.
Learning and development
Structured training throughout the year is designed to equip you with the skills to build a solid foundation for a career in the public service.
As a graduate, you’ll have access to senior VPS staff through Executive Mentoring. There’s also a buddy system that matches you with previous graduates, access to graduate alumni networks and a Graduate Advisory Committee.
Once you successfully complete your graduate year, you’re guaranteed a promotion and a full time, ongoing role with the department you started your graduate journey with.
The Graduate Streams
The Victorian Government graduate program has streams to maximize your employment opportunities and make sure you’re doing what you do best.
The Generalist stream is open to graduates with any undergraduate or postgraduate degree. from all academic disciplines. You’ll do a broad range of work so you’re well-rounded and get experience on a range of perspectives and ideas.
Accounting and finance stream
Draw on your accounting and finance skills in every placement in this stream. You’ll even get support towards Chartered Accountant and Chartered Practicing Accountant accreditation.
Data analytics stream
You’ll work with a diverse range of datasets and analytics tools to improve the lives of Victorians.
Economic consultancy stream
Put your economics or econometrics degree to good use and contribute to a more prosperous Victoria. You’ll work in 3 different roles, but unlike other streams, most roles in this stream are with the Department of Treasury and Finance.
The diversity of Victoria makes us stronger. So, it’s important the Victorian Public Service reflects the community we serve. To help us make the public service diverse and inclusive, we’ve made pathways for:
- applicants with disability
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders
You still choose a stream to apply for and you can let us know about any reasonable adjustments you already use or know you’ll need. If you want to chat to us about these pathways, then email us at [email protected]
If you think a career in the public sector is something to be proud of, then we want to hear from you.
We’re less interested in your grade point average and more interested in who you are.
We want people who are creative, curious, have a drive to learn and live our shared values of integrity, respect and human rights.
Victoria’s strength is in its diversity of backgrounds and lived experience.
So, we want graduates that reflect the community we serve.
If you’re an applicant with disability or identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, then check out the pathways you can opt into.
For all applicants, we have tailored streams you can choose from, where we look for strengths in:
- verbal and written communication
- problem solving and analytics
- adaptability and resilience
- teamwork and stakeholder engagement
What’s in it for you
You'll work in 3 roles across different departments and get:
- a salary of more than $60,000
- structured learning and development
- mentoring from executives
- training in general and specialised areas
- help to gain professional accreditation
- flexible working conditions, such as working from home
- a chance to build networks with others across government
- a promotion and pay rise to more than $72,000 at the program’s end
Where you'll work
And each department has agencies attached to them that you may end up working in.
In your application, you’ll tell us the top 2 departments you’d like to work in. If you don’t mind where you work, you can tell us that instead.
You’ll work in 3 roles over 12 months across 3 departments.
Your choice of department will help decide where you may start and have an ongoing role.
Anna has a degree in education and applied to the graduate program through the disability pathway. She had the opportunity to work on key education initiatives and policies with the Department of Education and Training.
“It was definitely challenging! But it was a positive challenge. I feel like I had the opportunity to develop new skills and hone existing ones. I enjoyed all the people I worked with and was offered more flexibility than I expected.”
Applying through the disability pathway provided Anna with a wealth of support including guidance from mentors and the Graduate Disability Liaison who spoke to managers about Anna’s accessibility requirements prior to her start.
“I’ve appreciated having other people I can talk to regarding disability and their experiences, and my mentor has been incredibly supportive. The informal pathway catchups and the enablers mentoring have ranked as some of my highlights of the graduate year.”
Evelyn hadn’t considered a career as a public servant and had no idea what to expect. She quickly realised it was a supportive environment where she could thrive.
“Over time I saw a culture of respect and a willingness to help each other that made everyone feel included. Working in such a diverse and supportive environment helped me approach my work with purpose and confidence.”
With her skills as civil engineer, Evelyn was able to use her passion for infrastructure projects to support Melbourne's new High-Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT).
“I’m proud of the way I helped the HCMT project coordinate the engineering changes, making sure we provided our feedback on time to keep the project moving forward.”
Lachie is a Yorta Yorta man from Shepparton who stepped outside his comfort zone to develop his professional skill set. His placements saw him working in community centred areas such as the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) and the Koori Justice Unit at the Department of Justice.
Lachie made valuable friends and built his professional network with other Aboriginal graduates and Aboriginal staff members across the public sector.
“Throughout the recruitment process, I was supported in every way possible. I was given advice and met with Aboriginal Employment Unit staff who helped me with the recruitment process. This made it so much easier when I was interviewed.”
Entering through the Economic consultancy stream, Mollie was determined to develop her business engagement skills and gain experience across different policy areas.
“My key role was working on higher education policy, but I also worked with an experienced research group to investigate the effects of COVID-19 on the training market. It was great to work on a topical research project and contribute to policy discussions.”
Mollie was impressed with the supportive environment at the VPS and was especially glad to be given interesting and challenging work.
“My team actively invited me to a wide range of meetings and pulled me into the working community. I was assigned relevant work early on, and my manager made time to support my learning and development.”
When Monica joined the program, she had little idea where it would take her or what work she’d be doing. She soon learned that each placement would be a new and interesting experience with its own challenges and rewards.
“What surprised me was the diversity of work opportunities across our cohort. There was a huge variety of roles within each stream.”
Being part of the grads program furthered Monica’s sense of purpose and community focus, helping her find her calling in a supportive, fast-paced, and dynamic environment.
"This role has really brought home the idea that my work has direct impacts on the community, because I can see it happening.”
Rochelle wasn’t sure what area of law she wanted to pursue. Through the law stream she was able to rotate across departments and gain experience in various legal environments.
“I liked being exposed to different areas of law I hadn’t studied at university and applying them in a practical way. I enjoyed observing various matters in court, including judicial reviews and criminal and civil matters. I was also lucky enough to appear in court after I was admitted to practice.”
Rochelle developed professionally and gained valuable work experience while providing significant and meaningful support to the community.
“I wanted to play a role in meeting the evolving needs of Victorians – needs which shifted rapidly this year.”
Stanley has degrees in engineering and commerce, a background in project management and 5 years’ experience as a real estate agent.
So, with his diverse skill set, Stanley saw the graduate program as an opportunity for learning and development.
“The program is like going on a multi-legged travelling trip. You’ll gain new skills, new perspectives and an appreciation for the work that goes on in government with each department rotation.”
With great work-life balance and a supportive team environment, Stanley thrived in the program.
And he found the community focus and ethical values of the Victorian public sector personally meaningful.
“Our actions have a direct impact on the people of Victoria, so there’s a sense of responsibility and accountability we must uphold, and it must be in our core values for us to be good public servants.”
With over 50 per cent of Australians having a parent born overseas, the Victorian Government aims to be an employer that reflects the community it serves.
Although the public sector is increasingly diverse, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds remain under-represented. A sector-wide staff survey revealed that employees in these groups mostly agree there is a positive culture in their organisation in relation to employees from varied cultural backgrounds, and that cultural background is not a barrier to success in their organisation.
To ensure workplaces are increasingly attractive to those of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, many public sector organisations provide training in cultural awareness and competency, and the government departments and Victoria Police have localised cultural diversity strategies and staff-led networks.
The Victorian Public Service Women of Colour Network and the Victorian Public Service (VPS) African-Australian Network are two public service-wide staff-led initiatives committed to supporting employees and contributing to inclusive and equitable workplaces.
The Victorian Public Service and sector organisations proactively support LGBTIQ+ inclusiveness.
Across the Victorian Government, there are various LGBTIQ+ inclusion strategies and action plans which set out how organisations work towards ensuring inclusive workplaces. Many organisations provide Ally training, too.
Victorian public sector (VPS) Pride Network
The VPS Pride Network is a peer-led network that champions workplace inclusion for LGBTIQ+ employees and their allies.
It connects LGBTIQ+ employees and encourages an LGBTIQ+ inclusive culture. The network organises a range of events throughout the year and identifies and advocates on issues for LGBTIQ+ public servants. This work supports the government to be an inclusive employer, decision-maker and service provider for LGBTIQ+ Victorians.
For example, the group marches each year at Melbourne’s annual Midsumma festival and recognises IDAHOBIT and Wear it Purple among others, across government. The network also runs the VPS Pride Awards to recognise and celebrate achievement in LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion in the public service.
You can opt to use the Disability pathway if you identify as a person with disability.
The support in this pathway is flexible and tailored to you. It includes things like:
- flexible and tailored support in the application and interview process
- access to workplace adjustments and flexible work
- ways to connect with peers with disability
- access to mentors with disability
Getting to Work
This pathway is an initiative of Victoria’s public sector disability employment action plan, Getting to Work.
If you get into the program, check out what else in the action plan could help you as a public servant.
The Victorian Government graduate program will:
- never share your information with anyone without your consent
- leave it up to you if you want to tell your employer or peers about yourself
The Victorian Government is committed to gender equality. Across the Victorian Public Service (VPS), about two-thirds of employees are women and in the broader public sector, 68 per cent of employees are women.
Women in executive positions are on the rise, with 51 per cent of executive roles in the VPS occupied by women (up from 50.1 per cent in 2019).
The VPS supports the participation of women in leadership and career development opportunities, by providing:
- four weeks annual leave;
- parental leave for both genders (covering all definitions of parenthood);
- carers, compassionate, family violence leave;
- flexible working arrangements to assist with work-life balance;
- an employee assistance program for well-being and career support;
- structured progression and professional development opportunities and
- staff networks specifically for women.
As part of their genuine commitment, the VPS has implemented, and continues to review, an “All Roles Flex” policy to support both individual flexibility and business performance needs across the public service.
This has been an important development driving gender equity in the VPS with 68 per cent of female employees accessing flexible work arrangements.
You can opt to use this pathway if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
You still go through the program but will get support from your own pathway manager. This support is flexible and tailored to you, but can be things like:
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander mentors
- cultural workshops
- support with your application
- support from your own pathway manager
- one-on-ones prior to program milestones
- regular contact and catch ups
This pathway is an initiative of Victoria’s public sector Aboriginal Employment Strategy, Barring Djinang.
The team in charge of Barring Djinang works with public sector employees who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
If you get into the program, check out what else in the strategy could help you as a public servant.
The Victorian Government graduate program will:
- never share your information with anyone without your consent
- leave it up to you, if you want to tell your employer or peers about yourself