To be eligible for the Graduate 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
  • 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
  • for our diversity pathways, identify as of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or be a person with disability.


Applicants are requested to apply online via the WA Government Jobs Board.

You will need to supply:

  • a comprehensive resume
  • 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.


If you are applying for one of our Pathways, support can be provided throughout the selection process. Please contact the graduate team to discuss options.

Email: graduatecoordinator@communties.wa.gov.au

Phone: 08 6552 4243

Selection process

The selection criteria for our graduates are:

  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  3. Demonstrated teamwork and interpersonal skills including the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a range of people in various contexts.
  4. Ability to use initiative to identify and implement improvements to processes and/or environments.
  5. Ability to undertake research using a variety of appropriate techniques.
  6. Sound conceptual, analytical and problems solving skills.

Applicants will be assessed against these criteria at different stages of the selection process.

The 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: Screening
All applications will be screened for eligibility including degree completion and work rights. All eligible applicants will be invited to the next stage

Stage 2: One-way video interviews
Candidates will be invited to complete a one-way video interview where they will be asked to record responses to a number of questions.

The most competitive candidates will progress to the next stage.

Stage 3: Interview and written assessment
Interviews will be held by a panel. The interview will assess capabilities against some or all of the selection criteria. Interviews may 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 candidates. Please ensure you nominate referees that can comment on your performance in relation to the selection criteria.

Stage 5: Recommendations and offers
A selection report will be completed documenting the panel’s recommendations which is then audited for compliance with the Employment Standard. Candidates 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.

If you are successful, you will also need to undertake a National Police Clearance and Departmental Record Check 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.


Applications for the 2021 program will open in July/August 2020 via the WA Government Jobs Board.