Graduate recruitment scheme
About the Scheme
The department recruits graduates each year through the Victorian Public Service Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS) to meet its need for high achieving graduates. The overall program is coordinated by the State Services Authority (SSA) which is a central authority that oversees departments.
Graduates are employed on an on-going basis and over the 12 month program complete three work placements working on various Victorian government programs, projects and initiatives. Graduates also participate in various learning and development activities.
As a departmental graduate the initial placement is within the department in the role to which the on-going appointment is made. Thereafter, the remaining two placements are usually with other government departments or agencies. Graduates then resume back to Human Services in their on-going role upon successful completion of their graduate year.
The department generally adopts a flexible approach to rural placements as part of the scheme. With five rural regions, all with offices in both large and small towns, every effort will be made to accommodate rural graduates in local placements that are suitable.
Graduates are recruited into one of four graduate streams depending on their area of study. These streams are:
- Generalist (includes graduates from any discipline including degrees in Arts, Business, Public Policy etc)
- Accounting and Finance
- Generalist Law
Selection is on the basis of:
- the desire to succeed and make a community contribution
- written and oral communication skills and tertiary results
- analytical and conceptual skills
- organisational ability
- interpersonal skills and self confidence
- initiative and energy
Placement vacancies for the scheme will be advertised around March via various internet sites and also major universities throughout Australia. Short listing and testing occurs in April/May and all successful graduates will commence in February of the following year.
To find out more about the scheme visit the government graduate recruitment website.