Applying for the Graduate Program

Last updated: 
22 January 2020

APS Generalist Recruitment

Your pathway to a rewarding career in the Australian Public Service.

This year, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is participating in the pilot Australian Government Graduate Recruitment (AGGR) process. In its pilot year, this process brings together five APS agencies who are looking for a diverse range of graduates from fields such as arts, humanities, law, international relations, media, communications, design, accounting, finance and sciences to join their graduate programs.

With a single application, you will be considered for graduate role at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as well as:

  • Department of Finance
  • Australian Electoral Commission
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • National Indigenous Australians Agency


If you are looking for the opportunity to work on contemporary policy and services that make a real difference to the lives of Australians, this is the opportunity for you.

To find out more and apply for the DVA program through the AGGR process, please visit

APS Human Resources Graduate Program

This year, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is one of many Australian Public Service (APS) agencies participating in a new APS Human Resource (HR) Graduate Development program. If you have HR qualifications and are pursuing a HR career with the APS, you could be one of the first to benefit from this program.

As a HR professional in the APS, you will contribute to managing our most valuable asset – our people – and play a crucial role in shaping the future of the APS.

If you are interested in applying for an APS HR graduate position, visit our dedicated website at for more information, and apply just once to be considered for opportunities in both the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and other participating APS agencies.


To be eligible for the 2021 Graduate Program:

You must be an Australian citizen or have gained citizenship by 31 December 2020.

You must have completed (or be completing this year) a minimum three-year undergraduate degree from an Australian tertiary institution awarded no earlier than 1 January 2016. If you have a degree from an overseas tertiary institution, it must be recognized as being equivalent to a three-year Australian degree by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) by 31 December 2020.