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Victorian Government Graduate Programs

Victoria is a leader in innovation, progressive social change and infrastructure projects.

We offer incredible career opportunities. No other employer has such a diversity of roles. A career with us will lead to real work that shapes the role of government and improves the lives of Victorians.

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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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Job types

  • Graduate Jobs (100%),

Disciplines

  • Accounting (71%),

  • Administration (43%),

  • Agriculture (43%),

  • Architecture (43%),

  • Actuary (57%),

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Locations

  • Melbourne (100%),

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 5 months 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

START DATE

21-07-2020

LOCATION

Melbourne

Victorian Government

Closed 5 months 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

START DATE

21-07-2020

LOCATION

Melbourne

Victorian Government

Closed 5 months 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

START DATE

21-07-2020

LOCATION

Melbourne

Victorian Government

Closed 10 months 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

START DATE

24-02-2020

LOCATION

Melbourne

Victorian Government

Closed 10 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 or subjects in accounting or finance.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

START DATE

24-02-2020

LOCATION

Melbourne

Victorian Government

Closed 10 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 or subjects in economics or econometrics.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

START DATE

24-02-2020

LOCATION

Melbourne

Victorian Government

Closed 10 months 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 in data analytics and a chance to apply your skills in meaningful work that directly impacts Victorians.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

START DATE

24-02-2020

LOCATION

Melbourne

Victorian Public Service

Victorian Government


We’re proud of our state’s economy, quality health and education systems, healthy environment, caring communities and vibrant democracy.

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 all kinds of backgrounds.

There are so many different organisations, roles and responsibilities within the Victorian Government. Your work might include policy, administration, procurement, contract management, stakeholder engagement, community development, communications, science, healthcare, education, emergency services, and the list goes on and on.

Victorian Government Graduate Program

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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.

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 3 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 $57,000
  • 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 $68,000 at the program’s end

Where you'll work

There are 8 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 your first role
  • where we may offer you an ongoing job

Who can apply

When you apply, you must:

  • have done your undergraduate or postgraduate degree or the same as level 7 and above of the Australian Qualifications Framework between 1 January 2018 and 1 January 2021
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or have unrestricted working rights for ongoing work
  • 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 27 January 2021

Our Graduates

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Fatima

Graduate story: Fatima’s collaborative approach is improving court services

By coordinating and connecting services, she’s helping more people with complex needs to access justice.

“Honestly, I believe that people who join the Victorian Government graduate program do it because they believe in the work. They want to improve things for the Victorian community. There’s something special about working with other people who really care about the same values. Values like integrity, respect, accountability and human rights…”

Read about Fatima’s experience in our graduate program and her work supporting people with complex needs in the court system.


Prachi

Graduate story: Prachi is using her Masters of Public Health to turn evidence to policy

By listening to a community's vision for its waterways, she's promoting open spaces where people thrive.

“One of the best features of the graduates program is being exposed to new things. You find yourself doing work you didn’t even know existed. I really enjoyed my rotation in the Department of Health and Human Services. It was completely different to anything I had ever done. I worked in volunteer policy. I supported the annual Premier’s awards for volunteers, mostly through event planning. People are nominated in various categories. Then the Premier presents the awards in a ceremony at Parliament House. It was uplifting to read about the contributions people make to their communities.”

Read about how Prachi is protecting the Werribee and Maribynong rivers


Chrissy

Graduate story: Chrissy is improving family violence services

Drawing on her criminology degree, Chrissy is in her dream job contributing to a more effective family violence system.

“The diversity of the work opportunities is a real strength of this program. I recommend the Victorian Government graduates program to people all the time. I did it in 2017, and some of my friends are actually doing the program now. The formal learning and development program was great, but being part of a group of peers to go through the year together was maybe even more important.”

Read about Chrissy’s year in our graduate program and the work she’s oding now on Family Violence Intervention orders


Osman

Graduate story: Osman is applying his commerce degree in a variety of ways

Through data collections and reporting, he's making sure projects are delivered on time and on budget.

"The Victorian Government values mean I can bring my whole self to work, free of prejudice or unnecessary judgment. I also love that I am constantly involved in projects that help to shape Victoria in significant ways. Not many graduate programs offer this kind of meaningful work."

Read more about Osman’s graduate rotations and how he’s helping deliver new schools for Victoria

How to Apply?

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To apply or register your interest and be updated when applications open, visit the Victorian Government graduate program website at grads.vic.gov.au

When you apply, you must:

  • have done your undergraduate or postgraduate degree or the same as level 7 and above of the Australian Qualifications Framework between 1 January 2018 and 1 January 2021 
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or have unrestricted working rights for ongoing work
  • 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 25 January 2021

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].

Applications open 18 February 2020. Key dates and stage details will be available at grads.vic.gov.au

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.

These opportunities include a tour of parliament, training in project management, communications, leadership, and cultural awareness training, and more. If you’re part of a technical stream, you’ll participate in training specific to your stream in addition to the opportunities already available.

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 from all academic disciplines. The program includes 3 rotations in different departments across 12 months. You’ll have a home department that you start in for your first rotation and return to at the end of the program in a permanent position. You’ll have the chance to indicate your preferred home department when you apply. Some positions offered in this stream include: graduate workplace adviser; graduate lawyer; graduate project officer; graduate communications and media officer; and graduate policy officer

Project delivery stream

The project delivery stream is open to graduates with a major in engineering, architecture, law, landscape architecture and project management. You’ll work in the development, design and construction of high-profile public infrastructure projects. You’ll be provided further training to complement the project delivery environment and your commercial capabilities.

Law stream

The law stream is open to graduates with a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor. As a graduate you will be responsible for conducting legal research, drafting advice, attending client meetings, attending court and VCAT hearings. Under guidance you will provide legal advice on a wide range of issues and assist with the preparation of briefings for senior representatives and the departments ministers. You’ll also receive vital guidance and support from a senior lawyer and actively develop and maintain effective networks within your respective department.

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]

Disability Pathway

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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:

  • advice with your application
  • 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.

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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.

Aboriginal Pathway

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You can opt to use the Aboriginal 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:

  • help throughout the application process
  • one-on-ones prior to program milestones
  • regular contact and catch ups

You’ll also be offered:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander mentor
  • cultural workshops during the year
  • networking opportunities with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff across the public sector

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.

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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.

LGBTI Inclusion

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The Victorian public service and sector organisations proactively support LGBTIQA+ inclusiveness. Across the Victorian Government, there are various LGBTIQA+ 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 has the only whole-of-government LGBTIQA+ pride network in Australia. Run by staff members, for staff members, the Pride Network hosts regular events, meetings, and social nights, providing an opportunity for LGBTIQA+ staff and allies to connect and work with one another across government.

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