Key benefits of the DVA program
DVA offers graduates a range of learning and development opportunities, both internally run and externally facilitated by the Australian Public Service Commission.
Mentoring and support
At DVA, graduate supervisors are all required to complete a training workshop before graduates arrive. This prepares supervisors with the leadership skills and required knowledge to provide you with support throughout your graduate year (and beyond).
All employees of DVA, including graduates, are required to write a performance agreement and participate in regular, ongoing performance feedback with their managers. The performance feedback scheme is designed to ensure that you are staying on track and achieving your key work goals. It also gives 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 (GDP), leading to a Diploma of Government qualification. The GDP is facilitated by the Australian Public Service Commission and involves face-to-face training and the opportunity to work on a major project in a small team of three to five graduates.
View further information about external training
A range of internal DVA training is also available, including self-paced e-learning opportunities.
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.