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The graduates we are looking for

Find out what subject area knowledge and skills you need to apply for our graduate program. See what one of our recent graduates has to say about their experience.

We welcome applications from highly motivated graduates who are prepared to tackle complex issues.

Subject area knowledge

Our diverse work means we need graduates in a range of areas including, but not limited to:

  • medicine
  • nursing
  • pharmacy
  • information technology
  • law
  • economics
  • communications
  • business
  • human resources
  • allied health
  • commerce
  • management
  • health sciences
  • data analytics
  • accounting
  • public health
  • public policy
  • science
  • psychology

Skills you need

We need graduates who:

  • are not afraid of a challenge
  • have strong analytical skills
  • have great organisational skills
  • have excellent communication skills
  • can work as part of a team
  • are prepared for issues that can be difficult but rewarding

What our graduates say

 Hear from a graduate who has been through our program.



Photo of Health graduate Robert

Degree: Engineering Science (Petroleum Engineering)

I chose the Department of Health Graduate Program as I wanted a job where I felt good about the work I was doing and where I could continue to develop professionally. Also, Canberra was pretty appealing.

I had 3 rotations during the program with my first being in the Dementia Policy and Supports Section where I helped support the Minister by preparing briefs and correspondence, as well as working on policies and programs in the dementia space.

My second rotation was in the Performance Reporting Section. I was given the opportunity to work on writing the Department’s Annual Report. This was a giant task and involved editing and reviewing text for the document. I was also able to pursue a personal goal of improving the department’s performance evidence.

My final rotation was in the Analytics Projects and Futures Section. During the rotation I developed my coding skills while writing a text-mining program for analysing pharmaceutical documents.

You’re coming in as a graduate, but once you’re settled into a rotation, don’t hesitate in establishing yourself as a full and contributing member of the team. Have opinions and participate in conversations with your section, your fresh point of view is an asset not to be wasted."

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Last updated: 
5 June 2019

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