To be eligible for the Graduate Development Program you must:

  • Have a Bachelor degree or higher, that will be completed by the end of this calendar year, or has been completed this year or in the previous calendar year and
  • 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 (two years) prior to applying.

If you are successful, you will also need to provide a National Police Clearance before you can commence work. The Department of Communities reserves the right to withdraw the offer of employment where an applicant possesses a conviction that the Department considers to be at conflict with their employment.


Applicants are requested to apply online via the JobsWA website.

You will need to supply:

  • A comprehensive resume
  • A written submission
  • Names and contact details of two referees (preferably work or academic)
  • A copy of your Academic Record and evidence demonstrating your Bachelor Degree (or higher), was completed in this, or the previous calendar year, or will be completed by the end of this calendar year.

Selection Process

The five stages of the selection process are listed below. Depending on the number of applicants, the process can take between ten and twelve weeks from the application period ending to offers being made to successful applicants.

Stage 1: Shortlisting
Shortlisting will be undertaken against the selection criteria listed in the job description. The most competitive applicants will progress to the next stage. Applicants who have not submitted all requested items will not be shortlisted.

Stage 2: Assessment Centre
Shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend an assessment centre to assess their capabilities against some or all of the selection criteria. The most competitive applicants will continue to the next stage.

This assessment takes about two hours to complete and is generally held in the Perth CBD area. Applicants are required to attend in person. Any costs for travel or accommodation in relation to attending the assessment centre are to be covered by the applicant.

Stage 3: Interview
Interviews will be held by a panel. The interview will assess capabilities against some or all of the selection criteria. Interviews can be held in person, via phone or via video conferencing.

Stage 4: Referee checks
Referee checks will be undertaken to verify the panel’s findings for the most competitive applicants.

Stage 5: Recommendations and offers
A selection report will be completed documenting the panel’s recommendations. This will be audited by Human Resources. Applicants will then be notified of the outcome and a breach period will be established. Following the breach period, offers will be made to the successful candidates.


Applications for our Graduate Development Program are now open for a February start. The closing date for applications is 20 July 2018.

See the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).