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Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE)

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3.9
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE)

  • Education & Training
  • Government & Public Service

Our work makes a difference to the lives of Australians and we want you to be part of it.

We contribute to Australia's economic prosperity and social well being by creating opportunities and driving better outcomes for people, through education, skills and employment pathways.

To achieve our purpose, we provide advice to our Ministers and implement government policies and programs focused on:

  • Early Childhood and Child Care
  • Schools
  • Higher Education, Research and International
  • Skills and Training
  • Employment

We draw on the best available research, evidence and data and we work collaboratively with industry, stakeholders and state and territory governments. It is diverse work that supports people by ensuring they have access to and acquire, the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to achieve their goals and aspirations in life.

Behind the scenes, our Corporate and Enabling Services Group provides trusted, timely, high-quality advice and services that support our Ministers, our Secretary and the department to delivery Government priorities. Our advice and services are broad and span a range of corporate functions, strategic policy, and the delivery and support of major IT systems.

The focus of our work and the enabling services we need to deliver are broad, that's why we need people with diverse skills to work with us.

At DESE we make a difference – starting with you

Our graduate program is a great way for you to transition from education to employment. We know firsthand the significance of this milestone and you'll find our graduate program connects you to friendly, experienced professionals who will help you apply your skills and knowledge as you start your career pathway in life.

Join us as we work to implement transformative government policies and programs and draw on the best research and evidence to improve education and employment outcomes for Australians – starting with you.

DESE Graduate Program

Creating opportunities through education, skills and employment is at the heart of our department's purpose. We seek to attract enthusiastic and motivated people who are passionate and want to make a difference to the lives of Australians.

Our graduate program is a great way for new or recent graduates to transition from education to employment. We know firsthand the significance of this milestone and the importance of supporting our graduates to achieve their potential.

The department offers a 10-month graduate, starting in February each year, and concluding in December of the same year. New and recent graduates with Higher Education (university) qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Located in Canberra, the program offers:

  • two diverse work placements which provide the opportunity to work on a variety of programs and policies developed and implemented by the department
  • a supportive, inclusive and flexible working environment
  • on-the-job experience
  • extensive learning and development program and;
  • various opportunities to be involved in a wide range of networks and fundraising events
  • When you join the Program you also get:

  • relocation assistance to move to Canberra
  • permanent ongoing employment in the Australian Public Service
  • career progression from APS Level 3.1 to APS Level 4.1 on successful completion of the program
  • an Employee Assistance Program for well-being and career support
  • a dedicated Graduate Sponsor passionate about seeing you thrive

Through our work, we create brighter futures – starting with you.

Recruitment Process

Career streams are designed to give graduates the opportunity, where possible, to be placed in areas relevant to their qualifications and career of choice and engage in relevant specific learning and development.

DESE seeks to attract enthusiastic and motivated people, who are passionate about driving better outcomes for people through education, skills and employment. This important work contributes to Australia's prosperity and social wellbeing—it makes a difference.

Express your interest

To learn more about DESE's Graduate Program, express your interest and we will be in touch with more information about our work, and tips on how to apply. The EOI is a short online form capturing your key interests and contact information so we can keep in contact with you. If you would like more information, email entrylevel@dese.gov.au. Expressions of interest are currently open.

Applying for our Graduate Program

Applications for the 2022 Graduate Program will open mid-year 2021. If you express your interest, you will be notified as soon as applications are open.

Our recruitment process

The first step in the application process is to submit your application and resume online by the due date when applications open. You will be advised at each stage of the process if you have progressed further.

The recruitment process involves a range of assessments which may include:

  • psychometric and cognitive online assessment
  • video interview
  • attendance at assessment centres (face to face or virtual) including research and presentation task
  • reference check

For more information about the DESE Graduate Program, refer to our FAQs.

Specialist career streams

In addition to encouraging graduates to be part of our DESE Graduate Program, we accept graduates from a range of specialist career streams. These specialist streams are promoted by a lead agency allowing graduates in these streams to apply once and be considered by over 40 agencies for placement. Specialist streams that DESE participates in include:

  • Human Resources
  • Digital
  • Data
  • Economics
  • Indigenous Career Pathway

For more information

If you would like to learn more about DESE's Graduate Program, our participation in the whole of government speciality streams or be notified when applications open, please email entrylevel@dese.gov.au and we'll be in touch with more information.

Remuneration & Career Growth

Career prospects

Successfully completing our Program will help you apply your skills and build on your experience for a fulfilling career at DESE or across the Australian Public Service (APS).

You will emerge from the program as a strategic and innovative thinker with a comprehensive understanding of how government policies are developed, and programs implemented. You will also develop excellent communication skills, problem-solving, stakeholder engagement, and research capabilities. These skills will be invaluable whether you wish to remain in the public service or move into different employment.

The department offers excellent employment conditions with competitive remuneration, superannuation and employee entitlements. Graduates commence at APS3.1 level and will be advanced to APS4.1 level following successful completion of the program. Information relating to salaries is set out in our Enterprise Agreement and Determination. Departmental staff have access to a wide range of allowances and many different forms of leave, also available in our Enterprise Agreement and Determination. A copy is available on our website.
 

Graduate Review

Overall Score
3.9
Overall score based on 31 reviews
They Score Best in…
8.9
Diversity
8.5
Work Hours
8.4
Office Work Environment
8.1
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.9
Diversity
8.5
Work Hours
8.4
Office Work Environment
8.1
Corporate Social Responsibility
What Graduates Say About Them
  • Having the opportunity to engaging in international multilateral fora on behalf of the Australian Government.
  • Engaging work that shapes national education policy in Australia, and touches the lives of most Australians.
  • Having the opportunity to work on interesting projects and being given responsibility for work.
  • Acknowledgement of diversity, work conditions.
  • The people.
  • No opportunities outside of Canberra.
  • Overly bureaucratic and hierarchical processes can be challenging to work with.
  • Poor recruitment practices, poor communication about change/ organisational restructure.
  • Too far removed from client for me.
  • It can be tricky to move from one project/area to another (from observations not experience).

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Canberra
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
B
Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
E
Engineering & Mathematics
H
Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
I
IT & Computer Science
L
Law, Legal Studies & Justice
M
Medical & Health Sciences
P
Property & Built Environment
S
Sciences
T
Teaching & Education

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
Everyone in the department brings their own skill sets and knowledge to the different teams.

Keely Dwarte

  • Graduate stories
Everyone in the department brings their own skill sets and knowledge to the different teams.

Keely Dwarte

  • Graduate stories
My team helps the department facilitate the collection of Australian schools data to better empower decision making from both a policy and funding perspective.

Harry Shield

  • Graduate stories
My team helps the department facilitate the collection of Australian schools data to better empower decision making from both a policy and funding perspective.

Harry Shield

  • Graduate stories
Everyone in the department brings their own skill sets and knowledge to the different teams.

Keely Dwarte

  • Graduate stories
Everyone in the department brings their own skill sets and knowledge to the different teams.

Keely Dwarte

  • Graduate stories
My team helps the department facilitate the collection of Australian schools data to better empower decision making from both a policy and funding perspective.

Harry Shield

  • Graduate stories
My team helps the department facilitate the collection of Australian schools data to better empower decision making from both a policy and funding perspective.

Harry Shield


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Prachi

Prachi Nagrath studied Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney and a Former Graduate (2019) - Policy Officer at DESE.
  • Day in the life

Prachi

Prachi Nagrath studied Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney and a Former Graduate (2019) - Policy Officer at DESE.
  • Day in the life

Jun Sik Nam

Jun Sik Nam studied a Bachelor of International Studies and a Master of Laws and is a Former Graduate (2019) - Business Analyst at DESE.
  • Day in the life

Jun Sik Nam

Jun Sik Nam studied a Bachelor of International Studies and a Master of Laws and is a Former Graduate (2019) - Business Analyst at DESE.
  • Day in the life

Prachi

Prachi Nagrath studied Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney and a Former Graduate (2019) - Policy Officer at DESE.
  • Day in the life

Prachi

Prachi Nagrath studied Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney and a Former Graduate (2019) - Policy Officer at DESE.
  • Day in the life

Jun Sik Nam

Jun Sik Nam studied a Bachelor of International Studies and a Master of Laws and is a Former Graduate (2019) - Business Analyst at DESE.
  • Day in the life

Jun Sik Nam

Jun Sik Nam studied a Bachelor of International Studies and a Master of Laws and is a Former Graduate (2019) - Business Analyst at DESE.

Videos


Graduate Program Experience | Liz

Liz, 2020 Graduate, shares stories in her role as a graduate in the school division working on digital applications and programs to support indigenous children in early childhood.

Graduate Program Experience | Tagen

Tagen, 2020 Graduate, shares his story on how he gained various skills and experiences in the APS through the Graduate Program's placement rotations.

Graduate Program Experience | Liz

Liz, 2020 Graduate, shares stories in her role as a graduate in the school division working on digital applications and programs to support indigenous children in early childhood.

Graduate Program Experience | Tagen

Tagen, 2020 Graduate, shares his story on how he gained various skills and experiences in the APS through the Graduate Program's placement rotations.