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Victorian Government Graduate Programs

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.

Victorian Government

Closing in 25 days

Start your career in the Victorian Government graduate program as a project delivery graduate. We welcome graduates from engineering disciplines, project management, planning, architecture and property development, landscape architecture and law.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

VACANCIES

5+

Victorian Government

Closing in 25 days

Start your career in the Victorian Government graduate program and find work with purpose where you will be supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and other experienced professionals during your career. Apply now to contribute to the Victorian community and follow your ambition.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

VACANCIES

5+

Victorian Government

Closing in 25 days

Start your career in the Victorian Government graduate program and find work with purpose. We welcome graduates from all academic disciplines. Apply now to join Victoria's most diverse employer.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

VACANCIES

10+

Victorian Government

Closing in 25 days

Start your career in the Victorian Government graduate program as a law graduate. We welcome graduates from undergraduate and postgraduate law studies. Apply now to join Victoria's most diverse employer.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

VACANCIES

5+

Past Victorian Government Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at Victorian Government, 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 Victorian Government hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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Aug 20Sep 20Oct 20Nov 20Dec 20Jan 21Feb 21Mar 21Apr 21May 21Jun 21Jul 21024683 jobs0 job0 job0 job0 job0 job0 job6 jobs0 job0 job0 job0 job
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Job types

  • Graduate Jobs (100%),

Disciplines

  • Accounting (44%),

  • Administration (33%),

  • Agriculture (33%),

  • Architecture (33%),

  • Actuary (44%),

  • ...show more

Locations

  • Melbourne (100%),

  • Brisbane (22%),

  • Canberra (22%),

  • Hobart (22%),

  • Sydney (22%),

  • ...show more

Work rights

  • Australian Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Permanent Resident (100%),

  • New Zealand Citizen (100%),

Past Victorian Government Graduate Programs

Check out some of Victorian Government'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.


Victorian Government

Closed 4 months ago

Start your career in the Victorian Government graduate program and find accounting and finance work with purpose. We welcome graduates from all study areas with a minimum of 6 units in accounting, finance, banking, business management or commerce. Apply now with Victorian’s most diverse employer.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

POSITION START DATE

Jan 2022 (approx)

Victorian Government

Closed 4 months ago

Start your career in the Victorian Government graduate program and find economic consultancy work with purpose. We welcome graduates from all study areas with a minimum of 6 units / subjects in economics and econometrics.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

POSITION START DATE

Jan 2022 (approx)

Victorian Government

Closed 4 months ago

Start your career in the Victorian Government graduate program and find work with purpose. Apply now to serve the community and follow your ambition with Victoria's most diverse employer.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

POSITION START DATE

Jan 2022 (approx)

Victorian Government

Closed 4 months ago

Start your career in the Victorian Government graduate program as a data analytics graduate. We welcome graduates from data analytics, data science, econometrics, engineering, IT, biostats, mathematics, statistics, modelling and computer science. Apply now to join Victoria's most diverse employer.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

POSITION START DATE

Jan 2022 (approx)

Victorian Government

Closed 5 months ago

We are pleased to announce we will be attending the GradConnection Virtual Career Fair on 5th March , an entirely online interactive careers fair accessible to all students and recent grads.

JOB TYPE

Event

LOCATION

Canberra and 6 other locations

Victorian Government

Closed 5 months ago

We are pleased to announce we will be attending the Monash Virtual Career Fair on 4th March , an entirely online interactive careers fair accessible to all students and recent grads.

JOB TYPE

Event

LOCATION

Canberra and 7 other locations

Victorian Government

Closed a year ago

Are you ready to grow your potential and gain new skills? Victoria is a leader in innovation, progressive social change and infrastructure projects. Join us for great career opportunities and a chance to apply your skills in meaningful work that directly impacts Victorians.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

Victorian Government

Closed a year ago

Are you ready to grow your potential and gain new skills? Start your career in the Victorian Government graduate program and find work with purpose. We welcome graduates with Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

Victorian Government

Closed a year ago

Are you ready to grow your potential and gain new skills? Start your career in the Victorian Government graduate program and find work with purpose. Open to graduates with majors in engineering, architecture, law, landscape architecture and project management.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Melbourne

About Us

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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.

Read more about how we define the public sector or see the full list of public sector agencies.

Why Join Us?

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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.

Extensive support

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.

Career progression

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.

Generalist stream

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. 

Law stream

You can apply through the law stream if you’ve completed a degree that allows for admission to practice as an Australian lawyer. As part of your role, you’ll do legal research, draft advice with a senior lawyer, got to client meetings and attend court. 

Project delivery stream

The project delivery stream is open to graduates who have majors in architecture, engineering disciplines, landscape architecture and/or law. You’ll work with teams who develop, design and construct high-profile infrastructure. We’ll train you in project-delivery-specific skills that you’ll be able to use in the public service and private sectors. 

Pathways

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]

Graduate Program

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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

There are 9 departments and Victoria Police you can choose to work in for most streams.

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.

Employee Profiles

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Zack

Zack

Generalist stream, Aboriginal pathway

Zack is a Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung man who is following in the footsteps of his family by starting a career in the public sector. During his graduate year, he had the opportunity to work at the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) on issues faced by children in out of home care.

“I plan to stay and work with the Victorian government in Aboriginal Justice because I feel dedicated to that specific area. I also hope to be in a manager role within 5 years.” 

Zack applied through our Aboriginal pathway and was pleasantly surprised by the level of support he received.

“My anxiety about the recruitment process was alleviated when I spoke to the people who run the Aboriginal pathway. I’m glad the process was more about who I am as a person and the capacity I have, rather than who I am on a piece of paper.”


Anna

Anna

Generalist stream, Disability pathway

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.”


Rochelle

Rochelle

Law stream

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.”


Evelyn

Evelyn

Project delivery stream

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.”


Jess

Jess

Generalist stream

Jess applied for graduate programs across Australia, but really wanted to stay in Melbourne where she grew up.

“The Victorian Government Grad program has the best recruitment process. They sent out job offers months before any other program I applied for. This gave me the opportunity to stay and work in Melbourne instead of taking a role interstate.”

She has a keen interest in sustainable living and recycling, and was thrilled when she was offered a role with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

“I have so much passion for Victoria and I wanted to work for an organisation that helps make Victoria what it is.”


Lachlan

Lachlan

Generalist stream, Aboriginal pathway

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.”


Jack

Jack

Project delivery stream

With Jack’s background in the oil and gas industry the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning was a natural fit.

“I was lucky enough to be placed in the team researching the possibility of using hydrogen gas as a fuel source in Victoria. It’s a topic I’m deeply passionate about and studied at University. I knew I’d be working in a team with people with similar values to me.”

Despite his excitement, Jack was still concerned about starting in a new role, in a new industry. But he was pleasantly surprised by the support on offer.

“I didn’t expect the amount of support my team gave me. I was a bit worried about being ‘thrown in the deep end’ and it was nothing like that. Everyone was friendly and made learning a new job stress free.”

Cultural Diversity

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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.

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.

LGBTIQ+

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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.

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Disability Pathway

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Victorian Government Disability Pathway

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.

Your privacy

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

Read our privacy policy to see what we collect and why.

Gender Equality

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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.

Aboriginal Pathway

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Victorian Government Aboriginal Pathway

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

Barring Djinang

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.

Your privacy

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

Read our privacy policy to see what we collect and why.

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