Health Jobs

This page provides information on current job vacancies, employment opportunities and special recruitment programs available with the Department of Health (department).

Page last updated: 09 October 2014

The Department of Health has a diverse set of responsibilities, but throughout there is a common purpose, which is reflected in our Vision statement:

“Creating better health and wellbeing for all Australians”

We aim to achieve our Vision through strengthening evidence-based policy advising, improving programme management, research, regulation and partnerships with other government agencies, consumers and stakeholders.

We deliver on our Vision through our people. One of our strengths is our proud culture of teams working together to get things done swiftly, collegially and professionally. ‘Our way’ means:

    Leaders being clear on their expectations on ‘how’ we do business
    Allowing people to deliver high quality work in tight timeframes by sharing information and expectations upfront
    Supporting each other to learn and use new skills to build our capability
    Identifying and managing risks strategically while also being innovative
    Expecting high quality professional performance from each other
    Looking outside the Department’s own viewpoint to work with the community and listen to their views.

We need capable and motivated people working with us to make this happen.

Benefits of working for the Department

Salary arrangements

Our employment conditions are outlined in the Enterprise Agreement:

Work life balance

The department supports arrangements for flexible work conditions including:
    Access to flextime for APS1- 6 staff and time-in-lieu arrangements available for EL staff upon negotiation with manager
    Flexible arrangements for staff with family responsibilities, including carers leave
    Negotiable part time working hours.

Healthy workplace

Department employees are encouraged to maintain good health and active lifestyles. To support this, the department provides:
    The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which provides access to counselling services for staff to assist with work or personal issues
    Influenza vaccinations for all interested staff

Diversity and equality

Pride in Diversity Logo
The department aims to be a model employer providing an inclusive workplace that is understanding and respectful of differences such as gender, race, disability or age. As part of this, the department has: We are proud to have been recognised by the APS Diversity Council as the inaugural recipient of the 2014 Disability Employment Award.

Please find attached the video and the link to the submission Disability Winner.

Watch our video or read our Diversity Council submission to learn more about how Health supports staff with Disability.

Transcript of Diversity Council Submission Video (Word 17 KB)
Transcript of Diversity Council Submission Video (PDF 193 KB)
Logo for the Australian Network on Disability (for employers making a difference)
The department has appointed members of the Senior Executive Service to the roles of Diversity Champion and Disability Champion as a focus for progressing departmental action on diversity issues. As a further commitment to workplace diversity, we have also established the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network, the Staff with Disability Network and the Health Pride Network.

Learning and development

The department believes in developing employee work skills and experiences for now and the future. Staff are provided with support, opportunities and assistance to learn through:
    internal on-the-job and off-the-job training programmes
    accredited courses for required roles
    eLearning and online learning resources
    individual development plans that focus on capability needs
    department (tertiary) study schemes and professional development support
    learning programmes that partner with professional educational institutions and academic bodies
    programmes to recognise and grow talent.

Further information

For further information about the department, please visit the following pages:

Applying for a job with the department

For information about eligibility for Department of Health jobs, how the department meets the needs of diversity groups in recruitment and tips on preparing your application, see the How to apply page.

Each employee of the department must meet the capabilities outlined in the Capability Map. All job applications for the department will be assessed against meeting the capabilities for the job classification advertised. For more information about the capabilities and how the map is used, see the Capability Map page.

The department uses an online recruitment system for all job applications. For more information about using the online recruitment system see the online recruitment help page.

As part of the Australian Public Service (APS), valuing the principle of good public administration, staff of the department are governed by the APS Values, Code of Conduct and Employment Principles. See more information about this on the Australian Public Service Commission’s (APSC) website.

The APSC also provides useful tips for applying for a job in the public service in their “Cracking the Code” factsheets.

Current vacancies

Current vacancies with the department are listed on the HealthJobs page.

People interested in non-ongoing (temporary) employment can apply for positions through the Temporary Employment Register.

The department's programmes

Graduate Development Programme (GDP)

The GDP is a 12-month full-time programme that commences in late January each year. As a graduate with the department, you may contribute to the development and implementation of health policy, programmes and service delivery. You will play a meaningful role in serving the Australian public and work on issues that touch the lives of every-day Australians.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry-Level Programmes

The department is committed to attracting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. The department participates in the APSC Indigenous Pathways Programme and the Department of Employment’s Indigenous Australian Government Development Programme to attract and recruit staff.


For more information about applying for a job with the department email