FAQs

  1. How is the NSW Government Graduate Program different to other agency programs?
  2. Who is eligible for the NSW Government Graduate Program?
  3. How much will I be paid?
  4. Can international students apply for the NSW Government Graduate Program?
  5. What kind of work experience do I need to apply for a graduate role?
  6. What if I need to request a reasonable adjustment?
  7. Can I join the Graduate Program on a part-time basis?
  8. How many graduate roles are available?
  9. When will I find out if my application is successful?
  10. I am having technical difficulties with my online application, what should I do?

1. How is the NSW Government Graduate Program different to other agency programs?

The NSW Government Graduate Program is different to other agency programs as it provides a whole-of-government experience and professional development program. The Program is managed by the NSW Public Service Commission and focuses on providing graduates with exposure to a broad range of projects and work though rotations across different NSW agencies. As part of the Program, 2018 graduates will gain:

  • 18 months of diverse experience working across various several NSW government agencies
  • Invaluable experience working on policy and project initiatives, which contribute to building the future of NSW
  • A supportive environment with a personal mentor and executive sponsor
  • Exposure to the largest professional network of leaders, analysts, policymakers and educators in Australia
  • A Diploma of Government to assist the transition from university to work in the NSW government
  • Ongoing employment on successful completion of the program

 

2. Who is eligible for the NSW Government Graduate Program?

We encourage applications from all disciplines and backgrounds. To qualify for the NSW Government Graduate Program you must:

Have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the last two years (i.e from June 2015) or be completing your degree* by December 2017.

Be either:

  • an Australian Citizen,
  • a permanent resident of Australia,
  • a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand passport, or
  • hold a current visa that allows you to work full-time in Australia until at least August 2019

*Qualifying degrees as rated by the Australian Qualifications Framework are at level 7 and above.

Please visit the Australian Qualifications Framework website for information.

3. How much will I be paid?

Start your career with a competitive remuneration package of approximately $76,402. Package includes salary ($68,929), employer’s contribution to superannuation (9.5%) and annual leave loading.

4. Can international students apply for the NSW Government Graduate Program?

To be eligible you must hold a visa that allows you to work full-time in Australia until at least August 2019. If you are not eligible, you may wish to explore other temporary employment opportunities on I work for NSW [opens in new window].

5. What kind of work experience do I need to apply for a graduate role?

We understand that recent graduates may not have a lot, or any, work experience. This is not an essential requirement for this program. You will, however need to demonstrate that you are able to meet all of the focus capabilities [see section about the role]. You can include any volunteer or project experience you may have gained during your studies as these can demonstrate your skills and experience. You should also include any part-time or casual work and ‘uni jobs’ in areas such as retail, hospitality or customer service.

Please note that you are not required to attach a CV/Resume as part of the application process.

6. What if I need to request a reasonable adjustment?

Candidates will have access to request a reasonable adjustment throughout each step of the recruitment process. If you require a reasonable adjustment to the recruitment process, please contact Mahum Ali on (02) 8918 0888 or email mali@peterberry.com.au.

7. Can I join the Graduate Program on a part-time basis?

No, the NSW Government Graduate Program is an 18-month full-time temporary role requiring successful completion of all work placements and mandatory learning and development.

8. How many graduate roles are available?

The number of roles for the 2018 Program will include around 130 Graduate Policy/Project roles and around 30 ICT and Digital roles. Whilst we are committed to fill all roles for the Program, the number of roles is subject to change due to agency and operational requirements.

9. When will I find out if my application is successful?

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an acknowledgement email. You will also be contacted after the initial screening process is complete (approximately three weeks after the application closing date) and will be kept informed about the status of your application throughout the assessment process. If you are unsuccessful, at any stage, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Please remember to regularly check your emails including the spam/junk folder.

10. I am having technical difficulties with my online application, what should I do?

Please look through the 'Frequently asked questions' information on I work for NSW [opens in new window] . If you do not find a resolution, contact the I work for NSW support team on support@iworkfor.nsw.gov.au or 1800 562 679.

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17 July at 1:00pm: Applications open

3 August: Information evening

14 August: Applications close

August/October: Assessment days

November: Offers of employment

February 2018: Start your career in the NSW public sector

 

 

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