Human Resources Career Pathway

If you have a mind for human resources and want to help our leaders develop the cultural and business intelligence necessary for Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) to be a world-class policy agency, then we would love to hear from you.

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As part of the Human Resources (HR) career pathway, you will work with HR professionals to help our leaders to continue building our workforce to be a world-class policy agency.

The APS HR Graduate Program is a whole of government recruitment program managed by the Australian Taxation Office. The program aims to build and uplift strategic HR capability across the public service. It aims to foster learning, collaboration and to contribute to a more adaptive, responsive and future-ready APS.

APS HR Graduates will benefit from top industry expertise and get access to specialised training. Through your day-to-day work at your employing agency, as well as cross-agency collaboration of the Graduate Program, you will help build the HR function’s strategic capability and shape an APS that meets the needs of all Australians.

The HR Pathway Graduate will also have access to a blended learning program offering a combination of structured training, networking opportunities and on the job experience. Graduates may also be offered the opportunity post the graduate program, to complete an Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) accreditation course paid for by the department.

What our HR Career Pathway graduates do

As a HR Career Pathway Graduate at DESE, you will have the opportunity to work across three disciplines each focussing on important organisational behaviour and organisational development characteristics:

Discipline 1: Health and Wellbeing Discipline 2: Culture and Diversity Discipline 3: HR Metrics and Workforce Planning
Implementing mental health and wellbeing strategies in the workforce


Understanding return-to-work and workers’ compensation arrangements that support ill or injured employees back to work

Understanding how cultural differences align to an organisation’s values and traits


Understanding how cultural differences improve the effectiveness of an organisation

Ability to align present and future talent with the organisational goals (people analytics)


Participate in strategic business planning and workforce evaluation

‘In my time at DESE I’ve been fortunate to work on a few different projects within the department, the most prominent being the work I’ve done on psychosocial hazards in the work place. In this project we have looked at potential hazards for employees and how we, as a department can position ourselves to be best equipped in identifying, minimising and managing these risks to our employees. This work has been extremely rewarding, not only in the recognition I have gotten from supervisors and peers, but in the sense I feel I am able to contribute to something that is very important to our department. Coming into the department, I was eager to do anything related HR, given that was my field of study at university, but had not given a lot of thought to WHS. Being placed in this team has taught me a lot about WHS, including how to really look after staff, not just their physical safety, but their mental and psychological well-being also.’ - Brianna, HR Graduate (2020)

2021 recruitment

Applications for the 2021 program are now closed. More information on the 2022 program will be coming in late 2020 or early 2021.

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