Key benefits of the DVA program
DVA offers graduates a range of learning and development opportunities, both internally run and externally facilitated by the APSC.
Mentoring and Support
At DVA, graduate supervisors are all required to complete a training workshop before graduates arrive, this prepares them with leadership skills and the required knowledge to provide you with support throughout your graduate year (and beyond).
All employees of DVA are required to write a performance agreement, and undertake ongoing performance feedback sessions with their managers. Graduates are involved in this process and are required to undertake mid and final rotation feedback sessions with their supervisors. This is to ensure that you are staying on track and achieving the key goals identified. This will also give you the opportunity to ask questions or identify new projects that you may want to work on within your placement.
Graduates at DVA participate in an Australian award-winning graduate development program, leading to a Diploma of Government qualification, which is facilitated by the Australian Public Service Commission, and involves face-to-face training and the opportunity to work on major projects that aim to resolve issues facing DVA. On completion of this Diploma, credit points are available towards completion of a Graduate Diploma or a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Canberra.
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A range of internally run training is also available, including the introduction of self-paced e-learning opportunities in 2013.
DVA offers employees generous study assistance and study leave should they desire to further their education after the graduate program year. The Diploma of Government completed by all graduates, counts towards credit points for the completion of a Graduate Diploma or a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Canberra. Aside from external-based education, DVA offers a range of internally-run training days and self-paced e-learning modules.