Victorian Government Graduate Programs & Internships

The Victorian Public Service (VPS) provides the Victorian community with 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 engagem…

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Application Process

  1. To apply to our graduate program, you'll need to complete our online application form, where you'll tell us:
    • who you are
    • what you've studied
    • what stream you want to be considered for
    • if you'd like to opt into a pathway as an applicant with disability or if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  2. To complete the application form, you'll need your:
    • proof of Australian citizenship or permanent residency
    • undergraduate academic results and if applicable, postgraduate results or progress on your results if you don't know what they are yet (we accept My eQuals)
    • resume.
  3. As part of the online form, you'll have the chance to opt into the:
    • pathway for applicants with disability
    • pathway for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders.

    If you opt in, we'll be in touch to talk about any reasonable adjust…

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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 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…

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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.

"I've appreciated having o…

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Rochelle

Law Stream

Rochelle was unsure what area of law she wanted to pursue. Through the law stream she was able to rotate across different 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…

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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…

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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 V…

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Lachlan

Generalist stream

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 proces…

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Jack

Product 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 worr…

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About Us

The Victorian Public Service (VPS) provides the Victorian community with 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 – the list goes on and on. You’ll be a part of a large workforce with lots of career opportunity.

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

Why Join Us?

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, competitive 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 Victorian Public Service (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 maximise your employment opportunities and make sure you’re doing what you do best.

Generalist stream

The generalist stream is open to graduates from all academic disciplines. You'll have a home department that you start in for your first rotation and return to at the end of the program following a structured learning and development program. Some positions offered in this stream include graduate policy officer, communication officer, graduate analyst and corporate governance graduate.  

Law stream

The law stream is open to graduates with degrees in Law and / or a Juris Doctor that allows for admission to practise as an Australian lawyer. You’ll work in legal and legislative areas undertaking research, drafting advice, developing effective networks and relationships and attending court. You’ll be provided further training related to the law environment within the government.

Project delivery stream

You can apply to this stream if you have majors in architecture disciplines, engineering disciplines, landscape architecture, construction disciplines, project management (or project management equivalent). In the project delivery stream, you’ll work on how the government develops, designs and constructs high-profile public infrastructure. You'll be trained in specific skills that you’ll be able to use in project-delivery 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 an employment 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, email us at [email protected].

Graduate Program

If you think a career in the public service 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.

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
  • teamwork and stakeholder engagement.

Eligibility criteria

  • Completed your undergraduate or postgraduate degree or the same as level 7 and above of the Australian Qualifications Framework between 1 January 2020 and 1 January 2023.
  • Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident or have unrestricted working rights in Australia at time of application.
  • Not be on a temporary graduate visa.
  • Not have taken a voluntary redundancy from the Victorian public sector in the 3 years up to the program start date of 23 January 2023.

You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status or exemption if you are successful in receiving a formal offer to join the program.

Work location

All our roles are based in Victoria. You will negotiate your flexible and hybrid work arrangements with your employer in each rotation. The Victorian Government’s flexible work policy aims to strike a balance between your needs and the requirements of the role and team.

What’s in it for you

You'll work in 3 roles across different departments and get:

  • a starting salary of more than $61,000
  • personal and professional training 
  • 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 like-minded graduates across government
  • a promotion and pay rise to more than $74,000 at the program’s end
  • access to future career opportunities that are only available to people who work in the Victorian Public Service.

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.

During the application process, 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.

Application process

To apply to our graduate program, you’ll need to complete our online application form, where you’ll tell us: 

  • who you are
  • what you’ve studied
  • what stream you want to be considered for
  • if you’d like to opt into a pathway as an applicant with disability or if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

To complete the application form, you'll need your:

  • proof of Australian citizenship or permanent residency
  • undergraduate academic results and if applicable, postgraduate results or progress on your results if you don’t know what they are yet (we accept My eQuals)
  • resume.

As part of the online form, you'll have the chance to opt into the:

  • pathway for applicants with disability
  • pathway for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders.

If you opt in, we’ll be in touch to talk about any reasonable adjustments you already use or know you’ll need.

Once your application has been submitted, you will be required to complete online testing, record a video, participate in group activities and attend an interview. 

For more information about how the application process works, visit grads.vic.gov.au.

Application Process

  1. To apply to our graduate program, you'll need to complete our online application form, where you'll tell us:
    • who you are
    • what you've studied
    • what stream you want to be considered for
    • if you'd like to opt into a pathway as an applicant with disability or if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  2. To complete the application form, you'll need your:
    • proof of Australian citizenship or permanent residency
    • undergraduate academic results and if applicable, postgraduate results or progress on your results if you don't know what they are yet (we accept My eQuals)
    • resume.
  3. As part of the online form, you'll have the chance to opt into the:
    • pathway for applicants with disability
    • pathway for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders.

    If you opt in, we'll be in touch to talk about any reasonable adjustments you already use or know you'll need.

  4. Once your application has been submitted, you will be required to complete online testing, record a video, participate in group activities and attend an interview.

    For more information about how the application process works, visit grads.vic.gov.au 

Cultural Diversity

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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. 

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 African-Australian Network are 2 examples of 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 Pride Network

The Victorian Public Sector 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 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 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.

Disability Pathway

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Victorian Government Disability Pathway

Dedicated support during the application process, workplace adjustments and flexible work arrangements, are just some of the ways the Victorian Government is making it easier for employees with disability to bring their whole selves to work.

If you opt into the disability pathway, we’ll work with you to give you flexible and tailored support in the application process. 

For example, previous applicants have had these adjustments: 

  • a phone interview instead of a video interview 
  • audio and captions for assessments 
  • materials in larger font 
  • more time to answer questions in the interview 
  • more time to do the online test. 

We’ll make a real effort to understand your needs and act on what you say. 

Other ways we’ll support you are: 

  • access to mentors with disability 
  • access to workplace adjustments and flexible work 
  • ways to connect with peers with disability. 

Getting to Work

This pathway is an initiative of Victoria’s public sector disability employment action plan, Getting to Work. 

The plan aims to raise the number of people with disability who work in the public sector to at least 12 per cent by 2025. 

The plan has 3 focus areas: 

  • build awareness through access to information 
  • attract and recruit people with disability 
  • support employees with disability. 

We believe that people with disability make the public sector stronger and better reflect the diversity of Victoria. 

Speak to us about the disability pathway

If you’re unsure whether to opt in, get in touch with us for a confidential chat at [email protected] or on 03 9922 8600.

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. 

The Gender Equality Act 2020 commenced on 31 March 2021. The Act will improve workplace gender equality in the Victorian public sector, universities and local councils.

The Act is administered by the Commissioner for Gender Equality in the Public Sector which has been established to monitor public sector organisations so that they progress the gender equality goals of the Victorian Government. 

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 53 per cent of executive roles in the VPS occupied by women (up from 51 per cent in 2020).  

The VPS supports the participation of women in leadership and career development opportunities, by providing:

  • 4 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
  • staff networks specifically for women.

As part of their genuine commitment, the VPS has implemented, and continues to review, a flexible work policy to support both individual flexibility and business performance needs across the public service.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Pathway

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Victorian Government Aboriginal Pathway

The Victorian Government is committed to Aboriginal employment and investing in our Aboriginal workforce. A range of programs and initiatives are designed to include cultural safety, support and networking opportunities to help Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people find rewarding and meaningful careers in the VPS. 

One way we do that is by ensuring Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander graduates have fair and equal access to the graduate program. The Aboriginal pathway to the graduate program provides support during the application process, throughout the program and into a future government career. For 2021, 9 per cent of graduates came through this pathway.  

You can opt into the Aboriginal pathway if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Support is flexible and tailored to you.

It includes things like:

  • support with your application
  • support from your own pathway manager
  • one-on-ones during the application process
  • regular contact and catch-ups.

If you would like to talk to someone about the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander pathway please contact the Aboriginal Employment Unit on 03 9922 8600 or contact [email protected].

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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