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Department of the House of Representatives
Fiona Guy
Assistant Director, People Strategies
Department of the House of Representatives
Telephone:  (02) 6277 2306
Email: fiona.guy.reps@aph.gov.au

 

Department of the Senate
Jackie Ollis
Senior HR Officer
Department of the Senate
Telephone:  (02) 6277 5924
Email: jackie.ollis@aph.gov.au

 

Parliamentary Budget Office
Andrew Spencer
Assistant Director, Corporate Strategy
Parliamentary Budget Office
Telephone: (02) 6277 9523
Email: andrew.spencer@pbo.gov.au

 

Department of Parliamentary Services
Raewyn Tweedie
Assistant Director, Recruitment, Learning and Development
Department of Parliamentary Services
Telephone: (02) 6277 5449
Email: raewyn.tweedie@aph.gov.au

Parliament of Australia Graduate Program

General Information about the 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 supports 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 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 Parliamentary Budget Office 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 supports the Parliament and parliamentarians through the provision of professional services, advice and facilities. The Department of Parliamentary Services provides security, research, ICT, and reporting and broadcast services, as well as catering and recreation facilities. The Department of Parliamentary Services maintains Parliament House and its landscape, caring for it as a working building and provides a range of services to almost one million people who visit Parliament House every year.

 

The Graduate Program

The 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 interpersonal skills.

Professional Development

Placements offer graduates a valuable opportunity in a high-profile environment with excellent professional development opportunities. The parliamentary departments are committed 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.

Placement Opportunities

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

 

  • work with a Committee Secretariat providing research and administrative support to Parliamentary Committees;

  • work with offices providing support to the House of Representatives or Senate;

  • work promoting the community’s understanding of, and interaction with, the work of the Houses and the Commonwealth Parliament;

  • work in the Parliamentary Budget Office preparing costings of policy proposals and undertaking budgetary and fiscal policy analyses; or

  • working in support of Parliament through placement in areas such as Hansard or the Parliamentary Library.

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.

Eligibility

Graduates 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 achievement and work experience. Graduates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply for placements with the Department of the House of Representatives, the 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 Parliamentary Budget Office must hold a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance, or have an application for this underway. Applicants to Department of Parliamentary Services will be required to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance. Successful applicants will be placed in work areas that complement their experiences while meeting operational demands of the relevant parliamentary department.

Salary and Conditions

For placements with the Department of the House of Representatives, the Department of the Senate and the Parliamentary Budget Office, 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. 

 

For placements with the Department of Parliamentary Services, graduates will be engaged under the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 and their salaries will be the same as in their home departments or agencies. The terms of graduates’ employment will be those described in the applicable Department of Parliamentary Services Enterprise Agreement. Graduates will be required to take leave without pay from their home departments or agencies for the duration of their placements and accrued entitlements relating to annual leave and personal/carers leave (however described) will be recognised provided there is no break in service. Graduates will also be required to comply with the Parliamentary Service Values, Parliamentary Service Employment Principles and the Parliamentary Service Code of Conduct during their employment. If any dispute relating to their employment occurs while they are participating in the Program, it will be managed in accordance with the Parliamentary Service Act (1999) and relevant Department of Parliamentary Services’ dispute resolution processes.

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: 

 

How to Apply

Applications for the 2017 Parliament of Australia Graduate Program open on 1 October 2016 and close on 31 October 2016.

 

Selection documentation can be obtained from the Department of the House of Representatives website at www.aph.gov.au/house/employment, the Department of the Senate website at: www.aph.gov.au/senate/dept/employ , the Parliamentary Budget Office website at: www.aph.gov.au/pbo/employment, and the Department of Parliamentary Services website at: www.aph.gov.au/dps/employment.

 

Applications will need to include: 

 

  • a résumé, including the names and contact details of two work-related referees;
  • a copy of your academic transcript;
  • endorsement from your home department or agency;
  • and a statement addressing each selection criterion (a maximum of 300 words).

Referees may be contacted at any time throughout the process.

 

Applications for the Department of the House of Representatives and the Department of the Senate must be submitted online at: http://recruitmentsenate.nga.net.au/cp.

 

Applications for the Parliamentary Budget Office must be emailed to recruitment@pbo.gov.au.

 

Applications for the Department of Parliamentary Services must be submitted online at: https://career10.successfactors.com/career?company=DPS.