The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources develops and implements policies and programs to ensure Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable, and supports the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources. We have staff working all across Australia and around the world in offices, airports, mail centres, shipping ports, laboratories and abattoirs. We are located in regional centres, rural communities and capital cities.
As a graduate within the Department you will be working with the best in the agricultural business. From the Chief Plant Protection Officer and the Chief Veterinary Officer, to scientists and policy developers, to our front line staff protecting our country’s biosecurity at the airports and ports.
We are looking for creative minds and future leaders to help shape our story. Our graduates are responsive, collaborative and compassionate individuals looking to make a real difference.
Each year we employ graduates from a broad range of disciplines including science, economics, finance, ICT, program and policy implementation.
We value diversity in our workforce, recognising that people from different backgrounds and cultures all combine to make the department what it is and able to meet our stakeholder’s needs.
To be eligible for a graduate entry level position with the department you must be an Australian Citizen. The online application form, including opening and closing dates, can be accessed here for Graduate Programs and here for Career Opportunities. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability are encouraged to apply.
Opening Wednesday 14 March 2018
Closing Friday 20 April 2018
Australian citizens ONLY
Work with the best and become part of our story
As a graduate you will receive support to assist in your transition to the department and life in Canberra. This includes support from the Graduate Development Program managers, trained supervisors, experienced training facilitators and a network of current and previous graduates. Throughout the year you will have numerous opportunities to give and receive feedback on your individual progress.
Our department proudly supports the many diversity networks, which you can become a part of when joining the department. The networks host regular meetings and celebrate flagship events.
We are seeking graduates with the following characteristics:
To complement these characteristics, you will also have the following skills and attributes:
Applications for the 2019 Graduate Development Program will open in March 2018. You will need to submit your application through our online application process for it to be considered.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ABARES Entry Level Professional Program (ELPP) for graduates has its own application process. For information on eligibility and how to apply for this program go to the ABARES Careers webpage.
Should you require any equipment or assistance to participate in our selection process, please nominate through your application form. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any information.
The recruitment process involves several assessment tasks that form gateways to the next. Each task is designed to assess your demonstrated ability to, or have the potential to develop the required skills, knowledge and qualifications to perform the graduate role.
The process is very in-depth and as such can take several months to complete. All applicants will be notified of their progress throughout the process. Successful applicants are likely to be notified in September/October 2018 and start the program in February 2019.
To be eligible for the 2019 Graduate Development Program you must be an Australian citizen or have been granted citizenship prior to 1 January 2019.
You must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or high qualification) at a minimum, prior to the program’s commencement in February 2019. There is no timeframe as to when you completed your degree.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance issued by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA).
If you received your degree overseas, you will need to have it recognised by the office of International Education, this website provides contact details for each state and territory.
Security clearance and medical examination
To be offered a position on the 2019 Graduate Development Program, you will need to obtain a AFP police records check. If you are cleared to be offered a position you will them be required to undertake the following
Failure to undertake these processes or achieve the appropriate clearance may jeopardise your employment.