The Victorian Government Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme
The Victorian Public Service provides a diverse range of services to the people of Victoria - it covers everything from schools, hospitals, transport, parks, police, tourism, the environment and more.
The Victorian Public Service employs over 33,000 across 11 departments and various agencies. Our staff work across the State in a range of challenging and interesting jobs, at all levels.
Our Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS) is a 12 month scheme which operates across a wide variety of government departments and agencies including the following:
- Department of Business and Innovation
- Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
- Department of Health
- Department of Human Services
- Department of Justice
- Department of Planning and Community Development
- Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Department of Primary Industries
- Department of Sustainability and Environment
- Department of Transport
- Department of Treasury and Finance
- Essential Services Commission
- Victoria Police
- Victorian Auditor General's Office
- Office of the Legal Services Commissioner
Learning and Development
The Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS) incorporates a structured learning and development program throughout the year. This covers:
- Knowledge of government structures and processes
- Policy development skills
- Project management skills
If you are an accounting, finance or economics graduate, you also have access to specialist training to address your specific technical and developmental needs.
Graduates go through three four month placements across different departments/agencies before returning to their first department on an ongoing basis. Graduates are able to provide input into which areas they would like to be placed.
In 2014, approximately 110 graduates will be accepted across three streams:
Generalist: The Generalist stream is open to graduates from any academic discipline.
Accounting and Finance: The Accounting and Finance stream is open to graduates with a minimum of 30% accounting subjects in their degree. In addition to the GRADS learning and development program, graduates have access to specialised training courses.
Economics: The Economist stream is open to graduates with a minimum of a degree with a major in Economics.
What do we look for in our graduate recruits?
We recruit outstanding, motivated graduates who want to contribute to Victoria's future.
We are interested in graduates with a Bachelor level degree minimum, your values, work experience, involvement in extra-curricular activities (for example, in sport or as a volunteer), and other community interests.
We are looking for graduates with the following values:
- Human rights
We are looking for graduates that can demonstrate the following qualities:
- Strong problem solving, analytical and conceptual abilities
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills
- Initiative and accountability
- An interest in public policy
We are looking for graduates from the following disciplines:
- Accounting and Finance
- Arts and humanities
- Business and commerce
- Environmental Science
- Human Resources
- Public Policy
Eligibility to work in government
To gain employment with the Victorian Government you need to be an:
- Australian citizen: a birth certificate, citizenship certificate or current passport is proof of eligibility
- Australian permanent resident
- New Zealand citizen who has entered Australia on a valid passport and has unrestricted rights to employment.