These FAQs help to answer some questions you may have about our Graduate Program.

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator if you require further information.

Graduate Program FAQs

Who can apply?

Any Australian citizen or permanent resident with a degree from a recognised university who completed their degree within the last two years is eligible to apply.

You can also apply if you have a working visa that entitles you to work full time, for the full period of the graduate program.

When do applications open and close?

Applications for our Graduate Development Program generally open in July or August for a February start.

What type of degree do I need?

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. Some of our previous graduates’ degrees include commerce, psychology, arts, sociology, sustainability, anthropology, law, project management, urban and regional planning and architecture.

I completed my degree overseas, can I still apply?

If you completed your degree overseas, you will need to have it assessed by the Overseas Qualifications Unit at the Department of Training and Workforce Development for equivalency with Australian qualifications. Degrees must be assessed as being equivalent to at least a 3 year bachelor degree to make you eligible for the graduate program.

What does the Department look for in a graduate?

We encourage applicants for our graduate program from all disciplines. We’re after graduates who:

  • enjoy a challenge and who work hard to achieve goals
  • can communicate with a wide range of people in different situations
  • use initiative to identify problems and develop solutions
  • can research, analyse and present findings in a concise way.

What are the Pathways?

People, place, home is at the core of everything we do and why we do it. We are committed to sustaining an inclusive workforce with a range of skills, experiences and perspectives that reflects of the community we engage with.

We have different Pathways within our graduate program to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates and graduates with disability.

What supports are available to graduates on the different Pathways?

Support provided will vary to each individual but can include advice on applications, reasonable adjustments to the selection process, peer mentoring, access to workplace adjustments and flexible work options.

How many people usually apply?

Our graduate is very competitive; each year we have seen an increase in the number of applicants.

When does the Graduate Development Program commence?

Our graduates generally commence in early February each year.

What training is provided?

You will be exposed to a variety of activities throughout the program. Your first week is dedicated to your induction. After that, we will design a professional development program (PDP) with you that will help you fit into the organisation. The PDP is based on your existing skills and experience and can include opportunities such as:

  • in-house formal courses
  • on-the-job training
  • site visits
  • Public Sector Commission’s Graduate Development Program (first year)
  • computer based training
  • external seminars and workshops
  • personal development courses
  • mentoring
  • opportunities for regional placements and visits.

What if I am graduating part way through the Graduate Development Program?

We do not have a mid-year intake for our program, our graduates all commence in February together. You can apply in the year that you complete your degree or the year after you complete your degree.

What if I finished my degree more than two years ago?

Unfortunately only applicants who have completed their degree in the last two years are eligible to apply. Even though you’re not eligible for the graduate program, we run recruitment exercises for various other Level 2 and Level 3 positions throughout the year and we encourage you to apply. Look out for our advertisements on Jobs WA.

What kind of rotations can I expect?

Our previous graduates have worked in a variety of areas including Strategy and Policy, Service Delivery, Communications and Marketing, Land and Housing Development, Aboriginal Housing, Legal and Legislative Services, Business Planning and Improvement, Housing Construction, Regional Services Reform Unit, Adoptions, Finance, Business Integration, Commissioning, Communications, and regional placements. Your rotations will also depend on business needs, your careers aspirations/direction and what areas of the organisation are of particular interest to you.

What happens at the end of the Graduate Development Program?

Although there is no guarantee of permanency after the graduate program finishes, graduates are strongly encouraged to apply for positions within the Department. Over 75 per cent of graduates have taken on positions within the Department after their placements. We invest in our graduates and strive to utilise their skills, experience and expertise within the organisation and we can also assist with application and interview preparation.

What kind of career can I expect with the Department?

The Department undertakes a wide range of functions. Graduates can move into a variety of areas including project management, communications, organisational development, finance, economics, acquisitions, investment, aboriginal housing, urban and regional planning and design, policy development, business analysis, contract management and change initiatives.

Will I be required to obtain a National Police Clearance?

Yes, if you are successful a National Police Clearance will need to be provided to the Graduate Coordinator prior to commencement. Previous criminal conviction or pending charges will not necessarily preclude employment. You may also be required to undertake a Departmental Record Check.

When do you make offers to the successful applicants?

Offers to successful applicants generally occur mid-late October.

What is the duration of the Graduate Program?

The Graduate Program is 18 to 24 months in length.

How long has the Graduate Program been running?

Our current Graduate Program has been running since 2010.

What salary range can I expect for this graduate program?

You will be paid a starting salary at PSGOGA Level 3 plus 9.25 per cent superannuation. The PSGOGA Level 3 range as at July 2019 is $70,896. with an increment increase in year two.

What are the employment benefits of working at the Department?

We offer many employment benefits and career options hat compare very well to the private sector, some of these benefits include:

  • competitive salary
  • flexible working hours
  • personal leave entitlements – paid leave provided for illness, to care for ill family members, or for other reasons of an urgent and pressing nature
  • four weeks annual leave - twenty days paid annual leave with 17.5 per cent leave loading
  • purchased leave - ability to fund up to an additional 10 weeks leave per year
  • accrual of long service Leave over 7 years, rather than 15 years as with some other employers
  • parental leave
  • a work environment that supports equal opportunity and diversity
  • wellness initiatives - such as free influenza vaccinations and employee counselling services
  • corporate health and lifestyle program
  • Employee Assistance Program.