Graduate Program

General Information about the participating Parliamentary Departments

Department of the House of Representatives

The Department of the House of Representatives provides services to support the efficient conduct of the House of Representatives, its committees and certain joint committees as well as a range of services and facilities for Members in Parliament House.  The department also promotes the work of the House in the community and is responsible for the conduct of the Parliament’s international and regional relations.  The Department of the House of Representatives is Investors in People accredited.  Investors in People is an internationally recognised quality standard that sets a level of good practice for improving performance through people.  Investing in people gives us a practical link between our personal development and corporate goals.

Department of the Senate

The Department of the Senate provides the Senate, its committees, the President of the Senate and senators with a broad range of advisory and support services related to the exercise of the legislative power of the Commonwealth.  In supporting the operations of the Senate and its committees, the Department of the Senate provides services in four main categories: Senate support, committee support, senators’ services and public education and awareness.  The Department of the Senate is responsible, not to the government of the day, but to the Senate and all senators, and maintains impartiality in serving all senators equally.

Parliamentary Budget Office

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) is an independent and non-partisan institution of the Parliament responsible for providing independent and non-partisan analysis of the budget cycle, fiscal policy and the financial implications of proposals.   Through this mandate, the PBO engages with the Parliament to help improve the integrity of the policy development process, better inform public policy debates and strengthen budget and fiscal policy transparency.

Department of Parliamentary Services

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) – the largest of the parliamentary departments – directly supports the work of the Parliament and Parliamentarians, manages Parliament House, and makes the building and parliamentary activity accessible to the community.  DPS activities include the provision of broadcasting and Hansard services, information and research services, security, visitor services, strategic asset management and ICT systems; and through the contracting of various retail services across Parliament House.  

The Graduate Program

Graduates in the House of Representatives chamberThe Department of the House of Representatives, the Department of the Senate, the Parliamentary Budget Office and the Department of Parliamentary Services are offering placements, for periods of three to six months, to graduates who have been accepted into existing Australian Government department and agency graduate programs.  The Program is designed to give graduates exposure to the parliamentary departments’ work in supporting the Parliament

The skills and knowledge graduates obtain through the Program may assist in building the foundation for career progression and professional development.  We are looking for outstanding graduates from a range of disciplines who are highly motivated with sound research and analytical skills, effective communication skills and good people skills.

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Professional Development

Placements offer graduates a valuable opportunity in a high-profile environment with excellent professional development opportunities.  The parliamentary departments have a strong commitment to the development of their people and graduates will have access to parliamentary-specific training during their placements. 

A placement in a parliamentary department is a graduate’s opportunity to be involved in the work of the Parliament without being political.  A diverse range of challenging and rewarding work for graduates is offered through a variety of work areas.

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Placement Opportunities

Where possible, graduate placements will be in areas which complement placements in their home departments or agencies.  Placements may involve: 

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Performance Assessment

At the end of the placement, a formal assessment of the graduate’s work performance against set work objectives will be conducted by the graduate’s supervisor in consultation with the graduate.  A report outlining the assessment findings will be forwarded to the graduate’s home department or agency at the completion of the placement.

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Eligibility

Graduates on the Parliament House forecourtGraduates participating in existing graduate programs with Australian Government departments or agencies are eligible to apply.  The endorsement of the home department or agency must be gained as part of the application process.  Applications without this endorsement will not be further assessed.

Graduates are assessed on the basis of their academic achievements and work experiences.  Graduates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply for placements with the Department of the House of Representatives, Department of the Senate and the Department of Parliamentary Services.  The Parliamentary Budget Office will be specifically seeking applicants with qualifications in economics, commerce or finance.  Applicants to the PBO must hold a Negative Vetting 1 security clearance, or have an application for this underway.  Successful applicants will be placed in work areas that complement their experiences while meeting operational demands of the relevant parliamentary department.

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Salary and Conditions

Salary and conditions of service will continue to be administered by the graduate’s home department or agency.  At the completion of the placement the relevant parliamentary department will reimburse the graduate’s associated salary costs on receipt of a tax invoice from the graduate’s home department or agency.

Selection Process

Applications are subject to a merit-based selection process.  As a minimum requirement applicants must: 

To be successful in obtaining a position as a graduate with a parliamentary department, applicants will need to possess: 

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How to Apply

Applications for the 2015 Parliament of Australia Graduate Program open on 1 October 2014 and close on 31 October 2014.

Applications will need to include:

Referees may be contacted at any time throughout the process.

Selection documentation and information on how to apply may be obtained from each of the parliamentary departmental websites:

Investors in People logo  The Department of the House of Representatives is an Investor in People organisation and it upholds the principles and practices of Workplace Diversity.

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Got a question about our Graduate Program? Check our FAQs and read the testimonials of some of our past Graduates.

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Who to contact?

For further information about the Graduate Program, please contact:

Tracy Weston
Assistant Director, People Strategies
Department of the House of Representatives
Telephone:  (02) 6277 4146
Email: tracy.weston.reps@aph.gov.au