Applying for the Graduate Program

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APS Recruitment

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

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is a participating agency in the Australian Government Graduate Recruitment (AGGR) process. 

This means you only need to apply once to be considered for a wide range of APS agencies who are looking for a diverse mix of graduates from fields such as:

  • arts
  • humanities
  • law
  • international relations
  • media
  • communications
  • design
  • accounting
  • data
  • finance 
  • sciences. 


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.

Visit the APSJobs website to find out more and apply for the DVA program through the AGGR process.

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APS Data stream Graduate Program

DVA is one of many Australian Public Service (APS) agencies participating in a data stream Graduate Development program. If you have data qualifications and are pursuing a career with the APS, you could benefit from this program.
The kind of work you would be doing at DVA includes:

  • analysing, visualising and interpreting large volumes of data to support decision-making
  • operating analytics and visualisation solutions for the exploitation of data
  • working collaboratively to support the production of high quality data products
  • manipulating multiple and complex datasets and conducting statistical analysis
  • publishing data in an appropriate, trusted and ethical manner (i.e. governance)
  • undertaking thorough analysis to provide data insights and detailed reports
  • seeking improvements to existing processes and systems.

Visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics page for more information on how you could apply just once to be considered for opportunities in both DVA and other participating APS agencies.

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APS Digital stream Graduate Program

DVA is one of many Australian Public Service (APS) agencies participating in a digital stream Graduate Development program. If you have digital qualifications and are pursuing a career with the APS, you could benefit from this program.

The Digital Client Experience team deliver a range of projects, that improve client’s interaction with DVA and staff interactions with clients. This includes the business analysis, user testing, and prototyping to support the ongoing development of DVA’s online platform MyService which allows clients to claim, track and manage their claims and payments. 
At DVA, you will:

  • apply conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills with good opportunities for creative thinking
  • improve stakeholder engagement and communication skills, including developing connections in business areas that can contribute to a network of future working relationships
  • learn program management approaches
  • develop an in-depth understanding of the Department’s project governance, and project/program management frameworks
  • develop oral and written communication skills, particularly writing clearly and persuasively.  

Specific projects will be tailored to the maximum extent possible to align with your interest and capabilities.                            

Visit the Digital Transformation Agency page for more information on how you could apply just once to be considered for opportunities in both DVA and other participating APS agencies.

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APS Indigenous Graduate Pathway

We are committed to employing and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates to apply through our annual graduate recruitment process.
We seek to enhance strong working relationships with Indigenous veterans and relevant Australian Government departments and agencies so that we can:

  • assist in the ongoing work of identifying Indigenous veterans and their dependents to facilitate their access to services and entitlements
  • assist in gaining recognition of the contribution to the nation by Indigenous veterans through their service
  • recruit and provide ongoing support, and learning and development opportunities, for Indigenous employees.

Visit the Australian Public Service Commission page for more information and to apply.

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Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2022 Graduate Program you must:

  • be an Australian citizen by 30 June 2021
  • have completed at least an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 qualification (a Bachelor degree), equivalent, or higher equivalent by 31 December 2021 
  • have completed you most recent degree no more than 5 years ago on the date you lodge your application 
  • be able to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance once accepted onto the program when required 
  • be willing to undergo any Police, character, health or other checks required.
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