Data Stream

Are you passionate about working with data? Do you have a desire to use data to help develop and improve outcomes for Australians? The department is eager to recruit graduates who can apply their strong analytical, numeric and communication skills to real-world issues to help develop policies and deliver programs that contribute to Australia’s education and employment needs today and into the future.

DESE welcomes applications from all degree disciplines for our DESE Graduate Program. The department offers mainstream positions and a number of specialist career streams including Data.

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We offer formal and on-the-job training supported by experienced supervisors to develop your skills in quantitative and data analysis using industry-standard software including, but not limited to, SAS, R, Python and SQL. Programming experience is not essential but is an advantage particularly for some graduate rotations.

The department is focused on attracting graduates from a range of disciplines including economics, commerce, statistics, mathematics, science, social research, actuarial studies, finance, psychology and a variety of others that involve working with and analysing data.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for highly motivated graduates from a wide range of disciplines and life experiences, who want to play a part in shaping Australia’s future and informing the decision-making process. You can apply to the APS Data Graduate recruitment program and be considered for a variety of exciting roles across the APS.

‘DESE draws on the best available research, evidence and data to contribute to Australia's economic prosperity and social wellbeing by creating opportunities and driving better outcomes for people through education, skills and employment pathways.

We need people that are passionate about the importance of good data and evidence to support policy and program delivery. Great communication, innovations and critical thinking skills are essential to ensure we provide the best information needed for timely decision making.’ - Susie Kluth – Acting DESE Chief Data Officer

There are no requirements for any particular degrees or disciplines however, the types of backgrounds that may be advantageous for a data graduate position, include analytics, actuarial studies, business, commerce, computer science, data management, data science or mining, demography, economics, econometrics, engineering, finance, mathematics or mathematical modelling, machine learning, psychology, risk and intelligence analysis, science, social sciences and statistics and research.

Background or knowledge in any other field with a focus on quantitative analysis problem solving and research would also be an advantage.  We are seeking highly motivated graduates with enthusiasm, a good work ethic and an attitude open to learning and innovation. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are also highly valued.

What our data graduates do

Data graduate roles support evidence-based, informed decision making, and work across all aspects of government such as policy development, program management and service delivery. Data Graduate roles cover the full data lifecycle including survey and questionnaire development, data acquisition, data engineering and data analysis, as well as more specialised disciplines such as data science, economics, methodology, geospatial analysis and data management.

Some of the areas in the department and what a data graduate could be working on could include but is not limited to:

  • Data Analysis and Reporting
    • improving the way the department collects, manages, analyses and releases data. This includes applying advanced analytical techniques to a range of integrated datasets to gain insights into complex policy problems or evaluate the performance of policies and programs.
  • Compliance and Assurance
    • monitoring program performance and protecting government outlays by using cutting-edge techniques and visualisations to identify non-compliance and fraud.
  • Economics
    • developing strategic economic advice and analysis including economic models to support policy development that promote sustainable and achievable outcomes

2022 recruitment

Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP)

This year DESE participated in the whole of government digital recruitment program managed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to recruit data graduates. This was part of the Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP).

Applications for this AGGP specialist stream have now closed.

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