Our Graduate Development Program provides recent university graduates with opportunities to work in a diverse range of fields within the newly formed Department of Communities. Commencing in 2010, our Program has seen 52 Graduates offered ongoing employment within the Department.
During the two year program, experienced professionals, peer support and a dedicated mentor will help you transition from study to employment within the Western Australian Public Sector.
Aboriginal Candidates: We also have dedicated positions for recent Aboriginal graduates. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stream is designed to provide both professional development and cultural support to recent Aboriginal graduates and this stream runs in conjunction with our generalist program.
At the Department of Communities, the concept of People, Place and Home, describes the essence of why we exist, and why our work is important to all Western Australians. We provide services to a diverse range of people including people with disability, children who are in the legal care of the State and those who need a place to call home. Our purpose is to create pathways that enable individual, family and community wellbeing, and we do this by focusing on our five outcome areas:
Our work is delivered through seven divisions, which provide integrated strategy, policy and service delivery, while maintaining specialised portfolios and expertise. These are:
During your first year, you will complete three rotations of four months in different areas of Communities, building an extensive knowledge base and diverse skill set. You will participate in the Public Sector Commission’s Graduate Development program as well as other structured and on the job learning.
In your second year, you will use your networks and experience developed during your first year to obtain rotations in areas of your own choosing. Your leadership capabilities will be further developed through the Graduate Program.
Throughout the program you will be supported by the Corporate Executive, managers, mentors, buddies and the graduate program team.
The rotational program ensures each of our graduates have a unique experience, with opportunities to work across various business streams - including but not limited to:
We hire graduates from all disciplines. The Department of 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. Some of our previous graduates’ degrees include:
To read more about past graduates go to the Case Studies page.
As a Western Australian Public Sector employee, you will enjoy all the benefits of working for the Western Australian Government, including flexibility and variety of work. Some of the other benefits you will experience include:
To be eligible for the Department of Communities Graduate Program you must:
Applications for our Graduate Development Program 2020 intake will open in the second half of 2019.
See the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
The following videos feature graduates and Aboriginal staff from the Housing Authority, which is now part of the Department of Communities: