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Graduate – Affirmative Measure – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment

Location:
Hobart Region
Company:
Department of Education, Skills and Employment

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Department of Education, Skills and Employment 2021 Graduate Program
Classification APS level 3
Broadband Broadband 1
Division Various
Branch Various
Team/Section Various
Location National Office, Canberra ACT
Closing Date 23:30 AEST/AEDT Monday, 3 August 2020
Status Ongoing
Working hours Full time
Salary Range $65,258
Qualifications/Special Requirements Essential – you must have successfully completed an Australian-recognised Bachelor degree or higher within five years prior to commencement of the program (early 2021). The Department welcomes applications from all degree backgrounds.
Affirmative Measure – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment Yes
Security Assessment Baseline
Contact Officer Grads.dese@dfp.com.au

1300 888 033

About the Department of Education, Skills and Employment

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) delivers Australian Government policies and programs to ensure Australians can experience the social wellbeing and economic benefits that quality education, training and employment provides. Our primary focus is to equip Australians — at all life and career stages — with knowledge, skills and attributes to live well, thrive at work and contribute to community life.

We offer a positive workplace culture and excellent employment benefits and conditions. This includes attractive salaries and employer superannuation, generous leave, salary packaging and a closedown period over the Christmas holiday, as well as a range of other benefits.

By joining our department, you will be contributing to the future of learning and training, reskilling or upskilling, and lifelong endeavours that are offered through employment. Our work impacts Australians, nationally and globally.

Our People

We recognise our people are our greatest strength – as part of our commitment to creating a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace, we invite and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people of all ages, people who identify as LGBTI+, and people with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

We strive to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the Australian community and embraces the important knowledge and skills Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples bring to the work we do.

The department is offering an Affirmative Measure recruitment process which provides a valuable opportunity to engage the cultural strengths that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to the workplace. By embracing these strengths we help create culturally responsive environments where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are empowered to achieve their full potential in the workplace.

Job Overview

As a graduate within the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, you will commence as an APS3 and advance to an APS4 upon successful completion of the Program. We will offer you:

  • An opportunity to grow your career through two diverse work placements over 10 months
  • Dedicated career pathways in different disciplines which are designed to give graduates the opportunity to be placed in areas relevant to their qualifications and career of choice and engage in relevant specific learning and development (and/or additional qualifications)
  • Exposure to our business and our people through the opportunity to get involved in employee networks (including the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander network), peer support and mentoring relationships
  • Dedicated Graduate Alumni and Senior Executive Graduate Program Sponsor
  • Access to professional development including participation in the APS Graduate Development Program and on-the-job learning activities
  • Excellent employment conditions with competitive remuneration, superannuation and employee entitlements (including generous relocation assistance and access to cultural leave to participate in NAIDOC week)
  • A workplace culture that embraces flexibility and work-life balance
  • A strong foundation for a career in the APS.

The Position

The Department welcomes applications from all degree disciplines for our generalist pathway. For the 2021 Graduate Program, the department will offer a number of specialist career pathways including Generalist, Economics, Finance and Legal. Legal, Economics and Finance career pathways will have additional or slightly different requirements, please refer to our website for further information https://www.dese.gov.au/graduate-program.

At the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, our graduates are passionate about education, skills and employment and want to make a difference to the lives of all Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates are supported to reach their potential and their unique skills and experiences are vital in delivering the Department’s priorities.

We are looking for strategic and analytical thinkers who seek out and embrace learning opportunities. Our graduates are confident communicators who work collaboratively with a diverse range of people while demonstrating good judgement and personal integrity.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2021 Department of Education, Skills and Employment Graduate Program (Affirmative Measure), you must:

  • Be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Be an Australia Citizen – under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing.
  • You must have successfully completed an Australian-recognised Bachelor degree or higher within five years prior to the start date of the Program (early 2021).
  • Be eligible to obtain a valid Australian Government security clearance
  • Applicants must be prepared to relocate to Canberra for the 2021 graduate program.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 26 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2016. This vacancy is open only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants within the meaning of section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

Confirmation of Heritage

Candidates who are applying under Affirmative Measures must have their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage confirmed.

Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage should stipulate that you are:

  • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; and
  • are accepted as such by the community in which you live, or formerly lived.

Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage can be provided by a wide range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and bodies, and commonly include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land councils
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services

It is a condition of engagement that candidates are expected to provide or to be in the process of obtaining their Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage within six (6) months of commencing duty with the department.

If you do not have a Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage, you can still apply for the Graduate Program. The department has an Indigenous Liaison Officer embedded in the People, Culture and Capability Branch, so if this applies to you, please contact people@dese.gov.au or (02) 6121 5000 to discuss how we can best support you.

How to Apply

Please click on the View and Apply Online button below to visit the application page.

Applicants are required to provide a one page summary (no more than 500 words) addressing the following:

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s primary focus is to equip Australians — at all life and career stages — with knowledge, skills and attributes to live well, thrive at work and contribute to community life.

  • What has motivated you to apply for the Graduate Program with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment?
  • How do you see the position you are applying for supporting the Department to achieve the above?
  • Based on the career pathway (Generalist, Legal or Economics) you have selected, what skills, behaviours and experience will you bring to the position?

You will also be asked to complete a technical question if you applied for a specific career pathway.

Guidance for developing your statement

Your response should include relevant examples that demonstrate how your skills, experience and knowledge will help you contribute to supporting the department’s initiatives. Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work. When you include examples, you should:

  • set the context by describing the circumstance where you used the skills or qualities and gained the experiences
  • detail what your role was
  • describe what you did and how you did it
  • describe what you achieved – what was the end result and how does it relate to the job you are applying for?

To use as a guide when developing your statement, an explanation of the difference in capability required at the APS levels can be found at the following link: http://www.apsc.gov.au/working-in-the-aps/ils.

The APS work level standards accommodate the diversity of roles across the APS and are structured to clearly differentiate between the work expected (i.e. responsibilities and duties) at each classification level.

In the eRecruit (the department’s online recruitment system) you will also need to:

  • upload a Curriculum Vitae 2 page maximum (Note: In your application, you must state your substantive classification level)
  • provide contact details for 2 Referees.

RecruitAbility Scheme

The Department is committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability. Our participation in the APS RecruitAbility scheme means we will progress an applicant with disability to a further stage in the recruitment process, where they opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements for the position.

How do I opt into the RecruitAbility scheme?

You will be asked to indicate if you wish to opt into the RecruitAbility scheme in the Diversity section of the application form. You must tick the ‘opt in’ box to participate in the scheme. Simply declaring that you have a disability will not automatically include you in the scheme.

Details about the RecruitAbility scheme can be found at the Australian Public Service Commission’s website via this link http://www.apsc.gov.au/disability/recruitability.

Reasonable adjustments

We provide reasonable adjustments such as access, equipment or other practical support at relevant stages of the recruitment process. If you require adjustment please state this in the Diversity section of the application form.

Merit List

This selection process may be used to establish a merit pool. The pool might be accessed to fill ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies for similar roles in the Department over the next 12 months.

Closing Date: 3 August 2020

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