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Department of Home Affairs

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Department of Home Affairs

  • Government & Public Service

Our 12-month graduate program offers you a range of interesting and challenging work, access to professional development, excellent employment conditions, support through various diversity networks, rewarding professional relationships as well as endless career opportunities and pathways.

We provide you with support through an orientation and induction program, a mentor to launch your career, a range of Graduate events, access to health and wellbeing programs, as well as a team of supervisors, mentors and program managers to assist and guide you.

You will also have exposure to Senior Executive Service (SES) Officers and participate in events such as:

  • Secretary's Book Club
  • Graduate Project
  • SES v Graduate debate
  • Graduation Ceremony

Recruitment Process

Applications open on 9 March 2021 and close 9 April 2021.

The selection process for our Graduate Development Program involves a number of stages and runs over several months. You will need to be assessed as suitable for each stage of the selection process in order to move onto the next stage.​​​​

Step 1:  Online application – 9 March 2021 to 9 April 2021

You must create an account to register and use our Recruitment website.

When completing the online application you will be asked to provide your:

  • personal information
  • details of your qualifications including your current academic transcript (as an attachment – maximum 3MB)
  • a statement verifying recognition of your qualifications if you have overseas qualifications (as an attachment – maximum 3MB)
  • your resume

When you submit your application you will receive an email confirmation. You will also receive profile information so you can log into your account and update your personal and referee details at any time.

After the closing date, you will only be able to make changes to your profile information (for example, your contact details).

Step 2: First interview

This year we are using a new and innovative tool, called the PredictiveHire FirstInterview, as part of the application screening process. After completing the initial application form, you will receive an email confirming your submission. This email will contain a link that directs you to an online, automatic text conversation (interview).

The interview includes questions tailored to the graduate role and is easy to navigate. You can complete this task with any device that has internet access (your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer). This task is untimed; however, graduate candidates' usage patterns indicate it takes around 20 – 30 minutes to complete.

Step 3: Assessment centre

Applicants who are successful in the first interview stage will be invited to an assessment centre. This will include a variety of activities aimed at determining suitable applicants. We are planning to run assessment centres between May and June 2021.

Step 4: Referee reports

Referee reports are used to confirm information about your employment history, qualifications, experience and role suitability. They also provide the selection panel with the opportunity to seek clarification on matters discussed during your assessment.

Step 5: Merit pool

Once you complete the recruitment process we'll let you know if you are suitable or not suitable for the program. Suitable candidates will be placed into a merit pool.

Not all suitable candidates will be offered a position. We recommend you do not give notice to your current employer until you have been issued a formal Offer of Engagement and you have obtained the required clearances.

Step 6: Receive a verbal employment offer

If suitable and selected, we'll contact you with an offer of employment. The offer is conditional based on you obtaining an Employment Suitability Clearance and Security clearance.

Step 7: Clearances

All employees are required to undergo comprehensive security clearance processing prior to commencement with Home Affairs.

Employees must obtain an Employment Suitability Clearance and a Commonwealth security clearance.

For more information, see Employment Suitability Clearance.

Before applying for a career with us, we encourage you to complete the Employment Suitability Self-Assessment.

Remuneration & Career Growth

Build your skills. Build your career. Shape Australia's future.

When you work with us, you are part of a diverse and dynamic workforce dedicated to keeping Australia prosperous, secure and united. We offer our graduates a range of interesting opportunities and unique experiences.

Our 12-month graduate program offers you a range of interesting and challenging work, access to professional development, excellent employment conditions, support through various diversity networks, rewarding professional relationships and buddies as well as endless career opportunities and pathways.

We provide you with support though an orientation and induction program, a mentor to launch your career, a range of Graduate events, access to health and wellbeing programs, as well as a team of supervisors, mentors and program managers to assist and guide you.

Graduates start in early February at the APS 4 classification with a starting salary of $66, 443.

On successful completion of the program you'll be placed in an ongoing role.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Canberra, ACT
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
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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

Videos


Graduate Development Program - Victoria's experience

Meet Victoria as she shares her experience as a 2020 Department of Home Affairs Graduate.

Department of Home Affairs Graduate Program

Find out more about their graduate program.

Graduate Development Program - Victoria's experience

Meet Victoria as she shares her experience as a 2020 Department of Home Affairs Graduate.

Department of Home Affairs Graduate Program

Find out more about their graduate program.