The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) have come together to create an award-winning interagency graduate program (‘the program’).
The 18-month program aims to build the skills, experience and networks required for a successful career in the public sector. A customised rotational plan provides graduates with a range of opportunities across the public sector.
You will have the opportunity to work on state-wide projects and initiatives, using your skills and knowledge to help improve the lives of the West Australian community. Some of the benefits of the program include:
- A structured 18-month program, with tailored rotations in your home agency and/or other public sector agencies,
- A permanent position at the conclusion of the program, subject to satisfactory performance,
- A starting salary of $72,896 pa, plus 10.5% superannuation (as of August 2022),
- A comprehensive support network, including a graduate sponsor and mentor, your graduate cohort and a coordinator,
- Extensive learning and development program,
- Flexible working hours and metropolitan Perth-based office locations.
Applications for the 2023 interagency graduate program are open NOW until 4pm on 3 October 2022 on JobsWA. If you would like to receive a notification when applications open, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are we looking for in a graduate officer?
Each year DMIRS recruits for a range of degrees and qualifications, completed in the current or preceding year, including (but not limited to) Commerce, Spatial Science, Marketing, Human Resources, Law, Science and Engineering.
Beyond your qualifications, we are looking for graduates who are team players, great problem-solvers and communicators, who would like to deliver the best possible outcomes for the Western Australian community.
The program is an equity and diversity employment initiative and the department is actively looking for recent university graduates from the following diversity groups:
- people 24 years and under
- people with disability
- Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
If this sounds like you and you look forward to starting your career within the public sector, read on to find more information about the application process.
Please note: You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to apply for this program.
The Application Process
Step 1 – Submit your written application
All applications should be submitted online via the WA Government Jobs Board using the link in the Graduate Officer advertisement.
To apply for the graduate program you will need to submit all the written documents that are outlined in the individual Graduate Officer adverts on JobsWA. This typically includes a cover letter, CV/resume and evidence of formal qualifications.
Applications must be received by the closing date and time specified in the advertisement. We are not able to accept late applications.
Step 2 – Panel interview
If your written application is successful, you will be invited to attend a panel interview. We may use a variety of methods to assess your suitability against the advertised job through a face-to-face or virtual interview.
Step 3 – Referee checks and applicant notifications
Referee reports will be sought for the most competitive applicants. All applicants are notified in writing of the outcome and are encouraged to seek feedback on their application.
A breach claim period of four (4) business days occurs after the applicants have been notified of the outcome of their application, during which time applicants can lodge a claim against the process in accordance with the Public Sector Management (Breaches of Public Sector Standards) Regulations 2005 and Commissioner’s Instruction - Employment Standard.
Where would I be working?
Depending on the position you apply for, you could be working at any of the following Perth metropolitan locations:
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Mineral House, 100 Plain Street, East Perth
- 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth
- Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington
- Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street, Perth
- 66 St George’s Terrace, Perth
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
- 1 William Street, Perth
As part of your rotations, you may also undertake rotations at other offices; this will be discussed with the graduate and agreed prior to confirmation of the rotation.
Will I have a good support network throughout the program?
You will have an extensive support network which includes a graduate sponsor, line manager, graduate coordinator and fellow graduate buddies who will guide and support you throughout the program.
How will I decide on my rotations?
You will be employed in a home area at JTSI or DMIRS, where you will complete your first rotation. This home area is clarified in the job advertisements, and will be where you return to permanently on completion of the graduate program.
You and your graduate manager will work together to decide on rotations that will allow you to gain the skills and experiences for you to be successful within your permanent position.
How many graduate positions do you have?
DMIRS recruit approximately six graduate officers each year.
Can I apply in the final year of my studies?
Yes, as long as you complete your degree requirements before the end of the year and can commence the graduate program at the beginning of the following year.
Will I gain a permanent position with the department?
Initial employment is on a fixed-term basis with the provision for permanent appointment following successful completion of the first 12-months of the program.
Top graduate employers 2022
The interagency graduate program is recognised as one of Australia’s 2022 Top 75 Graduate Employers, as voted by graduates.
The Top Graduate Employers rankings are the definitive guide to the best places to work for new graduates entering the workforce.
For more information about the rankings, please visit the AAGE’s Top 75 website
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