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The Victorian Government provides a diverse range of services to the people of Victoria – schools, hospitals, transport, parks, police, tourism, the environment and more.

There are so many career opportunities within the Victorian Government. If you are just starting out, your perfect career may be much more than you were expecting.

A business graduate could be the perfect candidate for auditing, policy making or data analysis. An arts degree provides a broad range of skills, including conceptual skills, writing, and research. There are endless opportunities for every degree within the Victorian Government.

We’re looking for graduates who share our values of commitment to public service, responsiveness, integrity, impartiality, accountability, respect, leadership and human rights.

Key Facts


Government & Public Sector


Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences
Environmental Science
Health-related disciplines
Social Work

Position Locations



Applications open on the 18th of February and close on the 24th of March.

Citizenship / Eligibility Requirements

Australian citizens and permanent residents only (including New Zealand citizens)


To sign up to be notified when applications open, visit

Our program is a year-long opportunity to experience public service, grow your potential and gain new skills. It includes 3 rotations in different departments. You’ll contribute to important work and make connections across government. Along the way, you’ll develop your talents and find new passions.

Our structured education activities ensure you keep learning and developing professionally. We also provide plenty of informal opportunities to network and make friends. Best of all, there’s a permanent job for all our graduates at the end of the program.

This is your opportunity to show your commitment to improving the lives of Victorians. We value the breadth, resilience and flexibility our graduates bring.

So demonstrate your creativity and curiosity. Show your adaptability and drive for continuous learning. Practise your emotional intelligence and openness to experience.

We encourage you to share what makes you unique. If you want the satisfaction of working for all Victorians, you’ll be a good fit.

Work in a place where you can live our shared values, including integrity, respect and human rights.


To register interest and be updated when applications open, visit the Victorian Government Graduates website at

In order to apply, you will

- be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or have unrestricted working rights in Australia
- have finished a degree before within 3 years before you start with us

Our process is fair, inclusive and accessible. We assess applicants on the capabilities we know will make for a great public service now and in the future.

We’re committed to achieving a diverse public service that reflects the Victorian community. If you are a person with disability or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, there are specific pathway programs to support you through the application process. We can connect you with peers and mentors who’ve gone before. You will receive ongoing support to get the most from your career.

Applications open late February 2019. Key dates and stage details will be available on

Aboriginal Pathway to the VPS GRADS

We serve Victoria best when our public service reflects the community. Our public service is strong and effective when it includes people from diverse backgrounds with a range of knowledge and experiences.
We especially value the experiences and skills of Aboriginal graduates and graduates with disability. If this includes you, there are specific pathway programs to support you through the application process.

The Aboriginal pathway provides support and guidance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates during application, placement, and your future government career.

The pathway involves:
•        access to mentors;
•        direct contact with staff from the Victorian Government graduate program team throughout the recruitment process and graduate year;
•        access to the Aboriginal Graduate Alumni network;and
•        access to newsletters and social events.

The Disability Pathway provides support for graduates with disability during application, placement, and your future government career.

This pathway involves:
•        access to mentors with lived experience of disability;
•        direct contact with staff from the Victorian Government graduate program team throughout the recruitment process and graduate year;and
•        regular touch points with a staff member dedicated to supporting graduates with disability.

For more information contact the Graduates team at or visit the Aboriginal Pathway page or Disability Pathway page on our site.

Graduate story:

Fatima’s collaborative approach is improving court services

By coordinating and connecting services, she’s helping more people with complex needs to access justice.

“Honestly, I believe that people who join the Victorian Government graduate program do it because they believe in the work. They want to improve things for the Victorian community. There’s something special about working with other people who really care about the same values. Values like integrity, respect, accountability and human rights…”

Read about Fatima’s experience in our graduate program and her work supporting people with complex needs in the court system.

Graduate story:

Prachi is using her Masters of Public Health to turn evidence to policy

By listening to a community’s vision for its waterways, she’s promoting open spaces where people thrive.

“One of the best features of the graduates program is being exposed to new things. You find yourself doing work you didn’t even know existed.

I really enjoyed my rotation in the Department of Health and Human Services. It was completely different to anything I had ever done. I worked in volunteer policy.

I supported the annual Premier’s awards for volunteers, mostly through event planning. People are nominated in various categories. Then the Premier presents the awards in a ceremony at Parliament House. It was uplifting to read about the contributions people make to their communities.”

Read about how Prachi is protecting the Werribee and Maribynong rivers

Graduate story:

Chrissy is improving family violence services

Drawing on her criminology degree, Chrissy is in her dream job contributing to a more effective family violence system.

“The diversity of the work opportunities is a real strength of this program.

I recommend the Victorian Government graduates program to people all the time. I did it in 2017, and some of my friends are actually doing the program now. The formal learning and development program was great, but being part of a group of peers to go through the year together was maybe even more important.”

Read about Chrissy’s year in our graduate program and the work she’s oding now on Family Violence Intervention orders

Graduate story:

Osman is applying his commerce degree in a variety of ways

Through data collections and reporting, he’s making sure projects are delivered on time and on budget.

The Victorian Government values mean I can bring my whole self to work, free of prejudice or unnecessary judgment.

I also love that I am constantly involved in projects that help to shape Victoria in significant ways. Not many graduate programs offer this kind of meaningful work.

Read more about Osman’s graduate rotations and how he’s helping deliver new schools for Victoria