Applications for the 2014 Graduate Program will open 21 February 2013.
All candidates should apply for the Graduate Program through the online application process which is available during our recruitment campaign. It is essential that you answer all sections of the application including achievements and work or volunteer experience, as applications are assessed on all components. Please put some thought and consideration into your answers to the application questions as these are critical to our assessment process.
Preliminary short listing
Once all applications have been received, a team of departmental officers will read all applications and select those to proceed to the next stage of our recruitment process. Applications are assessed on personal achievements, extracurricular activities, academic results and work experience, as well as on responses to the application questions. It is anticipated that this process will be completed by late April. It is essential that you answer all of the questions in the online application in full, including personal achievements and extracurricular activities. The quality of your application is very important.
Secondary short listing
Successful applications from the Preliminary short listing process will be reassessed by senior departmental officers. Every application will be assessed by two senior departmental officers. Each application will be assessed on the same criteria as the Preliminary short listing. It is anticipated this will occur in early June.
Self-Scheduling for interviews
Those who are successful in being invited to interview for the graduate program will be notified in the later weeks of June, when Self-Scheduling for interview sessions will be made available to you.
Successful applicants from the Secondary short listing will be invited to attend an interview in a major capital city close to their city of origin. Candidates will be interviewed by a panel of Senior Executive officers from the department. Candidates may also be asked to complete a work based test such as a writing exercise or presentation. They will have an opportunity to meet with Graduate Program staff and find out more about the program and opportunities within the department. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Candidates will be flown to the closest interview location. Phone interviews will be arranged for applicants living or traveling overseas at the time of interview. It is anticipated that interviews will occur in July.