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2022 Graduate Development Program - Science, Technology, Engineering And Mathematics (Stem) - Affirmative Measures (Disability)

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources - Canberra, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
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About our Graduate Development Program

The Graduate Development Program (GDP) at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (the department) is a great way to start your career, not only in the Australian Public Service (APS) but in a department that values a strong culture of inclusion, diversity, respect and embraces the unique skills and qualities of our employees. Our program is based in Canberra and will commence early February 2022.

We accept all disciplines of study and have numerous opportunities available to use your skills, knowledge and experience.

We value people who have strong communication, teamwork, research and analysis skills, who are adaptable and show initiative and judgment. Prior work experience including volunteering, internships or community engagement are all a bonus!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Stream

This is the second year the department is leading the graduate recruitment for STEM qualified graduates for the Australian Government. By applying for the STEM Stream, you are not only applying for a role as a graduate at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, but you will also be considered for graduate STEM positions in other Australian Public Service (APS) agencies.

To be eligible for the STEM stream, the department is looking for graduates with a Major in:

  • Science,
  • Technology,
  • Engineering, and/or
  • Mathematics.

Graduates in this stream will have the opportunity to work in one of many APS departments and agencies, including:

  • Australians Communication and Media Authority
  • Australian Fisheries Management Authority

  • Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority

  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

  • Department of Home Affairs

  • Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

  • Safe Work Australia

  • The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

  • National Indigenous Australians Agency

Additionally, some of the work STEM graduates may be able to experience include:

  • women in STEM
  • international and national space negotiations and agreements
  • earth observations
  • robotics
  • neuromorphic engineering
  • chemical and biological analysis
  • electro technology


To be eligible for a graduate position you must:

  • be Australian Citizen,
  • have completed a minimum of a three-year undergraduate degree in STEM within the last 5 year (completed between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2021).
    • if you have an overseas qualification it must be recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR)
  • be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance, and
  • be prepared to relocate to Canberra*.

*Most graduate roles are located in Canberra however where the gaining agency has positions available in other locations the graduate can be placed outside Canberra.

In applying for the Affirmative Measures (Disability) graduate recruitment process, applicants are requested to confirm that they are a person with disability. Suitable evidence of a disability would be a certificate or letter from a registered medical practitioner. We respect your privacy and evidence provided should not include information about the type of disability.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

We welcome applications through our online system. To apply, please provide a one page response to the following:

The department has recently released the 2021-2023 Inclusion Strategy and is committed to building a department with an inclusive, diverse and non-judgemental culture. With this in mind, please provide an example of when you contributed to a positive work or group culture and how you have identified improvements for inclusion and accessibility.

The Australian Public Service continues to respond to change in order to further support the economic recovery and the wider Australian Community. In a similar sense, tell us about a time where you had to adapt to a new situation and how this impacted you.

You are also required to provide your current CV and official academic transcript with your application. (Attachments must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format).

Recognising diversity and all abilities

The department has recently launched the 2021-2023 Inclusion Strategy as part of our formal commitment to elevate access and inclusion across our workforce. Inclusion, respect and diversity is at the heart of our values to encourage an environment where people with a range of abilities can thrive and do their best.

Our employee diversity networks support the department’s efforts to ensure an inclusive and respectful workplace where all staff can contribute and reach their highest potential.

  • Disability and Wellness Network
  • Indigenous Employee Network
  • Women’s Network
  • Pride Network
  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Network
  • Flexible Working Network

Embracing and celebrating our diversity goes beyond just one day but acknowledging significant days of importance is one of the ways we value the experiences and identities of our employees. Initiatives to communicate and celebrate International Day of People with Disability, NAIDOC and Wear It Purple Day make up just some of many days of significance we acknowledge. To ensure our employees are supported with what they need to do their job well, workplace adjustments are made where required to enable all employees to bring their full selves and best selves to work every day.

Advertised: 09 Mar 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 12 Apr 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

Canberra, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency


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