Interagency graduate program

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The Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DEMIRS) and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) have come together to create an award-winning interagency graduate program.

The 18-month program aims to build the skills, experience and networks required for a successful and rewarding 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 Western Australian community.

Program highlights include:
  • A structured 18-month program, with tailored rotations through diverse business areas, including an interagency rotation.
  • A permanent position at the conclusion of the program, subject to satisfactory performance.
  • A starting salary of $79,156 pa, plus 11 per cent superannuation (as at July 2023)
  • A comprehensive support network, including a graduate sponsor, graduate cohort and a dedicated coordinator.
  • An extensive learning and development program, including participation in the bespoke public sector Launch program.
  • Flexible work and leave arrangements and various metropolitan Perth-based office locations.


Applications for the 2025 interagency graduate program are now open in August 2024.

Follow DEMIRS on LinkedIn for further information about the program, the 2025 intake and other employment opportunities. 

What are we looking for in a graduate officer?

Each year DEMIRS recruits for a range of degrees and qualifications, completed in the current or preceding two years, including (but not limited to) Commerce, Spatial Science, Marketing, Human Resources, Law, Science and Engineering.

Beyond your qualifications, we are looking for enthusiastic graduates who are great problem-solvers and communicators, who would like to work collaboratively to deliver the best possible outcomes for the Western Australian community.

We recognise the value that people of diverse backgrounds bring to our workforce, and we are committed to providing equal opportunities for employment and development. While all are welcome to apply, preference will be given to applicants 24 years and under (youth), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and applicants with disability. 

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 within a face-to-face or virtual interview.

You are given every opportunity throughout the process to show you are an ideal candidate. If you need extra support during the process, let us know when you are contacted for further assessment and the selection panel will make reasonable adjustments to support your participation in the recruitment process.

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 Sevenoakes 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 placements 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 DEMIRS, where you will complete your first rotation. This home area is provided 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?

For the 2024 program, DEMIRS is looking to recruit 18 graduate officers, and JTSI is looking to recruit 12 graduate officers.

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 in January 2025.

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.

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