A deadly opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university graduates to join the Victorian Public Service
Wednesday 2 March 2016
Are you looking for:
- A secure job with a variety of challenges and opportunities?
- 12 months of structured training and development?
- A commencing salary of $50,826 per annum plus super?
- The opportunity to make a difference in your community?
“This is a fantastic opportunity that will kick-start your career. You will be given a raft of opportunities to extend yourself, and to meet a fantastic group of people who are as bright and inspiring as you are. Being on the Aboriginal Graduate Pathway will help you to build connections to smart, goal-oriented Aboriginal people who, like you, will be the leaders of the future.”
- Megan Kelleher, previous Pathway Graduate
The Aboriginal Pathway to the Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS) is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to growing its Aboriginal workforce. The GRADS is a 12-month development program where you will have the opportunity to learn about public service and work on a variety of initiatives.
During the year, you will be employed by a “home” department or agency and experience placements in two more departments or agencies. Best of all, you are guaranteed a position within your home department and a promotion on successful completion of the program.
Through the Aboriginal Pathway, you’ll have access to:
- Networking opportunities and workshops in cultural identity and career planning.
- Personal and professional support from the Aboriginal Employment Unit and Aboriginal Pathway Graduate network.
- Access to an Aboriginal mentor.
- Flexible working arrangements and study leave.
We spoke with Megan Kelleher, a previous Aboriginal Pathway Graduate, about her GRADS experience:
“I experienced rotations through three Victorian government departments, which exposed me to a variety of workplace cultures and management styles. My year included time within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and the Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Management , as well as a pretty rigorous schedule of training that improved my writing skills, project management skills, and exposed me to concepts like cost benefit analysis when making policy development decisions. I also built up my interview, presentation and all-round team work skills, amongst others.
“The program helped me develop a huge professional network, an understanding of government structures and processes and confidence in a new set of skills – and a safe and encouraging environment in which to build them. I now have permanent full time employment in my field, with the opportunity to move around and progress as my skills develop."
Applications are now open, for commencement in February 2017. You can apply through our website (please use website link from further information) if you have already graduated from university or are a final year student in 2016.
If you apply for the Aboriginal Pathway to the GRADS you will still have to meet all of the GRADS assessment criteria. This includes:
- Submitting a completed application form and evidence of Aboriginality;
- Completion of an undergraduate degree prior to commencement; and
- A satisfactory Police Records Check.
Where can I be placed?
You can be placed in one of a number of ‘streams’, depending on what you have studied.
Generalist – Open to graduates from any academic discipline.
Accounting and Finance - Open to graduates with a major in accounting or finance.
Economics Stream – Open to graduates with a major in economics.
Business and Technology – Encompasses program and project management, procurement, contract management, data analysis, and information communications technology.
Education - The Department of Education and Training recruit graduates from all disciplines with a passion for education.
You will be placed with departments and agencies working on real projects and issues. Previous Pathway GRADS have been placed at:
- Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
- Department of Education and Training
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Department of Treasury and Finance
- Victoria Police
- Environment Protection Authority
Reflections from previous Pathway Graduates
“The Pathway has given me a sense of family and belonging. The networks and friendships made will be with me for a very long time. It has allowed me to live my life in a way I was not used to with a regular salary and the freedom to develop and learn at my own pace.”
- Luke Rose, 2014 pathway graduate at Victoria Police
“The Pathway has put in me in the path of inspiring young Aboriginal colleagues. It has given me a support net and access to a wealth of knowledge across the VPS.”
- Maddi Miller, 2014 pathway graduate at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
“More than a standard ‘out of uni’ job, the VPS Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme sets you up to succeed. It’s one of the best ways to kick start your career.”
- Kathryn Sullivan, 2013 pathway graduate at Department of Justice and Regulation
Click here to read more about the experiences of previous graduates.
For further information on the Aboriginal Pathway to the VPS GRADS, please visit our website or contact Joe Murfet, Adviser (GRADS Aboriginal Pathway) at the Victorian Public Sector Commission on (03) 9651 0837 or firstname.lastname@example.org.