Opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Applications for the 2022 DESE Graduate Program are now closed.

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Who we are looking for

DESE welcomes applications from all degree disciplines for our DESE Graduate Program. Graduates should have:

  • tertiary qualifications in any discipline
  • strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, problem solve and work as part of a team
  • well-developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to actively engage with co-workers and stakeholders
  • enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and an attitude open to learning and innovation.

The department strives to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the Australian community and recognises the important knowledge and skills Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples bring to the work we do.

Wherever you start your public service career as a graduate, you’ll do meaningful work from day one. You will be asked to contribute, share your perspectives, and make a difference to the Australian community we serve.

Supporting your career

‘I have been lucky enough to join the department through an entry level program and have now been with the department for almost six years.

The culture at the department values difference and culture and always strives to be all-inclusive. As such, we are looking for people that are dynamic, agile, inclusive and be willing to share their unique life experience.

The department has a number of support mechanisms in place for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees such as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee network, Indigenous Champions, a Yarning Room and myself as the Indigenous Liaison Officer.

I would encourage anyone to apply for a position in the Department that is looking to create a fulfilling career that also gives back to the community.’ - Leanne of the Wiradjuri Community, DESE Indigenous Liaison Officer

By embracing these strengths we help create culturally responsive environments where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are empowered to achieve their full potential in the workplace.

The department promotes a culture where Indigenous business is everyone’s business ― across its work practices, values and business. Employees are also supported through the provision of a number of learning opportunities to build their cultural capability. 

We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature-age people and people with disability, regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity.

What our Indigenous graduates do

As an Indigenous graduate, you will find yourself working in various roles that may include policy development and advice, project and contract management, program implementation, governance and communications.

Some of DESE’s strategic priorities, which you may work on, include:

  • improving learning outcomes by enabling quality, affordable and accessible early education and care for families
  • improving schooling outcomes for our children
  • equipping the workforce of the future through globally competitive tertiary education, training and research sectors
  • helping people find and keep a job, create their own job, change jobs, reskill and enjoy fulfilling careers
  • developing a strong evidence base for effective policy that reflects and understands the varied needs of the Australian population, business and industry.

Please see our website for further information on the department’s ongoing programs and initiatives.

Indigenous Career Pathway

Applications to the Indigenous Graduate Pathway as part of the Australian Graduate Government Program (AGGP) are now closed.

For more information, visit the Indigenous Careers Pathway website.

If you have any questions, email entrylevel@dese.gov.au

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