Our Graduate Development Program provides recent university graduates with opportunities to work in a diverse range of fields within the Department of Communities (Communities).

During the program, experienced professionals, peer support and a dedicated mentor will help you transition from study to employment within the Western Australian Public Sector.

Graduate pathways

We are committed to sustaining an inclusive and diverse workforce with a range of skills, experiences and perspectives that reflects the community we engage with.

We have different pathways within our graduate program to support diversity in our workforce, including Aboriginal and disability pathways.

Your academic background

We hire graduates from all disciplines. Communities undertakes a diverse range of work, and we are looking to recruit a mixture of talented graduates from a broad range of universities and academic backgrounds.

What we offer you

As a Western Australian Public Sector employee, you will enjoy the benefits of:

  • diverse rotations, with the opportunity to work across numerous business areas
  • a dedicated mentor, peer support and networking opportunities within government, private and the not for profit sectors
  • a competitive salary, with an increment after 12 months
  • professional and personal development through training, site visits, placements, workshops and leadership programs
  • potential opportunities for regional and remote travel
  • flexible working hours
  • career progression in a challenging and rewarding workplace, with the opportunity for you to make a difference to the lives of Western Australians.

Eligibility and applications

To be eligible for Communities’ Graduate Development Program you must:

  • have a Bachelor degree or higher, that has been completed within the past two years (2019 or 2020 for the 2021 intake) before applying for the program, or will be completed before the start of the program (February for the yearly intake)
  • be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia for a permanent appointment to the Western Australian public sector – alternatively, you may have documentary evidence (i.e. working visa) of your entitlement to live and work in Australia for the duration of the full program prior to applying
  • for our diversity pathways, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and/or be a person with disability.

Applications for our Graduate Development Program 2021 are expected to open in the second half of 2020, usually in late July/early August.

Applications can be submitted via an advert on the WA Government Jobs Board.

Communities has recently become a Principal Partner Member of Pride in Diversity and is progressing to become a Disability Confident Recruiter with the Australian Network on Disability.