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About the program

The 2017 Graduate Development Program provides recent university graduates with an extensive professional development program to enhance their leadership skills and personal and professional capabilities.

The department values cultural capability and wishes to support the engagement, participation and advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our workforce. The 2017 Graduate Development Program will have a particular focus on recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates, and we strongly encourage these graduates to apply. 

The department also values diversity and equity and the 2017 Program will also focus on attracting graduates who were a child or young person in the care of a Statutory Child Protection Department (e.g. foster care or other alternate placement with a court order), and these graduates are strongly encouraged to apply also. 

What we offer

During the 12-month program, graduates will gain competencies through their work placements in the department, and by participating in a variety of mandatory professional development activities. Graduates are also provided with a generous professional development budget for the term of the program, and for regional and remote graduates, all travel costs for training purposes are covered by the program.

A mentoring program will provide support from colleagues and peers and allow graduates to develop strong and lasting relationships which will help to consolidate learnings and assist graduates to adapt to employment within the Queensland Public Service.

During the program, graduates will be supported by managers, supervisors and mentors as well as Human Resources and Ethical Standards. Also, through the department's Achievement and Capability Planning process, graduates will have the opportunity to set goals and targets to help manage their own development and careers.

Successful applicants will be on probation for the duration of the 12 month graduate program and will be appointed to a permanent position at a PO2 or AO3 level within the department at the end of the program.

"The best thing about the Graduate Program has been sharing the experience with the other graduates from a range of regions and disciplines, and developing new friendships as a result. The professional support of my mentor and the mentoring aspect of the Graduate Program have also been great." Billy Gannon, Provisional Psychologist, Oxley Service Centre (2013 Graduate Program participant).   

Support

During the program, graduates are supported by:

  • their managers and supervisors
  • a mentor
  • a peer network (including graduates from other agencies)
  • consultants from Human Resources and Ethical Standards.

Through the department’s Achievement and Capability Planning process, graduates will have the opportunity to set goals and targets to help manage their own development and career.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the 2017 Program you must identify with at least one of the below cohorts. Unfortunately you are not eligible to apply if neither applies to you:

  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate
  • a graduate who was a child or young person in the care of a Statutory Child Protection Department (e.g. foster care or other alternate placement with a court order), and these graduates are strongly encouraged to apply also. 

Additional eligibility requirements apply, depending on the role and discipline. 

Graduates of all ages are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

For more information on how to apply, or for additional information on eligibility requirements, please visit the Smart Jobs and Careers website and search for job vacancies at the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. 

If you have any questions regarding the graduate program, please email graduates@communities.qld.gov.au.

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