When you apply for PM&C's Graduate Programme, you're not just applying for a job, you're opening the door to your career…
Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of our country? We offer exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government with career development opportunities difficult to find elsewhere.
Our Graduate Programme is a two-year, structured, on-the-job development programme that provides you with the support, opportunities and challenges you need to kick start your career in the Australian Public Service (APS).
Roles are primarily located in Canberra however opportunities may also be available in our Regional Network. Graduate cohorts commence with the Department each February.
What work will you do?
As a PM&C Graduate you will help advance Australia's interests by working across government to advise the Prime Minister on policies across the full range of government activities, and implement cabinet decisions.
You will work on matters of particular importance to the Prime Minister, current government priorities, social and economic policies, Indigenous affairs and national security. You may also get the chance to work on special taskforces which could include areas of counter-terrorism, Commonwealth-State relations, deregulation, women's policy, cyber security and international delegate events. Some of our previous Graduates have even had the chance to meet members of the royal family or heads of state!
As part of the Graduate Programme you will undertake rotations across various areas of the Department. This may include our Regional Network (state and regional offices) and in an external partner organisation in the not-for-profit, non-government or private sector. These rotations will give you the opportunity to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the Government's priorities, and experience the development and implementation of government policy and its effectiveness on the ground first hand.
What we offer
Training and support
As part of the Graduate Programme you will complete a range of on-the-job training, networking and mentoring opportunities, and tailored learning and development activities.
On commencement you will be teamed-up with a former Graduate to assist you with settling into the workplace, and complete a comprehensive induction. During your first 6 months on the programme you may undertake a number of training opportunities to develop your skills in the workplace, understand your responsibilities as an APS employee and become familiar with how government works.
During the remainder of the programme we will create a tailored development plan that meets your individual learning needs and goals, including structured training and a variety of formal and informal networking opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to enter a mentoring relationship with a senior PM&C employee.
To ensure your success you will be closely supported by the Graduate Team, supervisors, former graduates and mentors. You will have the opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise, and achieve your ambitions.
Salary and conditions
Our Graduates are engaged as full-time, permanent employees commencing as an APS3 with a starting salary of $55,862 under the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Enterprise Agreement 2011-2014. On successful completion of your first year you will advance to an APS4 with a salary of $62,112, and on successful completion of the programme you may advance to an APS5 with a salary of $69,143. This is a rare opportunity, not offered to many, to possibly fast-track from an APS3 to an APS5 within two years!
In addition to an attractive salary and generous employer superannuation contributions, we also offer:
- flexible working hours
- 4 weeks of paid annual recreation leave
- cumulative paid sick leave
- relocation assistance
- a diverse and inclusive workplace that does not discriminate on the grounds of gender, sexual identity, age, race, ethnicity, religion or disability.
Who are we looking for?
Variety of academic disciplines
We are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines. Regardless of what you have studied, you will be able to apply and expand on your skills through our Graduate Programme.
Motivation and interest in government
- You will be a motivated high achiever who wants to make a difference to the future of our country.
- You will have an interest in and understanding of Government, policy and/or the work of the Department.
- You speak confidently, clearly, fluently and expressively, and adapt your interpersonal communication style to suit different people or situations.
- You write simply, clearly and concisely in a well-structured and logical way.
- You can communicate opinions, information and key points convincingly to gain the agreement of others.
Relationship management skills and respect
- You can quickly develop a positive rapport with people at all levels in an organisation.
- You are able to build, maintain and use networks of contacts.
- You show respect and sensitivity towards cultural and religious differences.
- You understand the relationship between issues and how they might be part of a larger complex problem.
- You can gather and analyse data from multiple sources of information, and probe for further information where required.
- You make rational and considered judgements and decisions.
Innovative thinking and commitment to learning
- You are able to quickly learn new technology, processes and information.
- You actively seek out opportunities for personal, professional and organisational improvement.
- You offer new ideas, approaches or insights, and approach problems creatively to find workable solutions.
Agility and resilience
- You can keep your emotions under control during difficult situations.
- You can work productively in a high pressure environment.
- You can adapt and respond well to change and ambiguity, and make the most of the opportunities it presents.
How can you apply?
If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for, we want to hear from you! To be eligible to apply you will need to:
- have completed a minimum 3 year undergraduate bachelor degree by to be completed before the programme commencement (degree must be recognised in Australia)
- have maintained a credit (or equivalent) average throughout your degree
- be able to obtain an Australian Government security clearance to a minimum of Negative Vetting Level 2
- be an Australian citizen
Applications for the 2017 Graduate Programme are now closed. Information on our 2018 Graduate Programme will be available in early 2017.
Alternatively, you can join us through the following whole-of-government graduate programmes:
- Australian Government ICT Graduate Programme – Information Technology graduates
- APS Indigenous Graduate Programme – Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander graduates
What should you include in your resume?
The quality of your resume creates the vital first impression we have of you. As a minimum, you should ensure that you include the following elements:
- Personal details – include your name, contact email address and phone number.
- Education – provide details of any education and qualifications.
- Work experience – include all work experience and outline your main responsibilities and achievements. Organise your employment history in chronological order, starting with the most recent, and indicate actual dates of employment. Make sure to explain any gaps in time.
- Other experience – if relevant, mention any extra-curricular activities, interests or volunteer/community work that you participated in and highlight what you gained from that experience.
- Referees – include the name and contact details of two referees (professional or academic) who can validate and support your application.
What should you include in your one page pitch?
Your one page pitch is a chance to tell us about yourself. We want to know why you are interested in a graduate role at PM&C, what you can offer us, what your career goals are and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications makes you the right person for the job. In a nutshell – why should we hire you?
Try not to duplicate information that can already be found in your resume, but do highlight any specific examples or achievements that will demonstrate your ability or potential.
What happens after you submit your application?
After you submit your application you will be contacted within a few weeks to advise if you have been successful in making it through to the next stage in the assessment process.
We use a variety of techniques to assess and validate key knowledge areas, critical skills, motivation and fit for the role, including:
- An online critical thinking test
- An online video interview
- An online psychometric behavioural test
- A face-to-face assessment centre consisting of a group exercise, written assessment, an interview and networking opportunities (we will pay for your travel expenses if you need to travel for this).
Your referees may also be contacted at any stage of the assessment process to validate your claims. For this reason it is important that you advise them you have applied our Graduate Programme, and that you feel confident they will be able to support your application.
Where can you get more information?
For more information on the PM&C Graduate Programme you can email us at email@example.com or call us on 02 6271 6900.