2018 DPS Graduate Development Program

Are you a university graduate, and have wondered what it would be like to work at Australian Parliament House and be a part of democracy in action?

If you have, the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) invites you to apply for our 2018 Graduate Development Program (GDP).

The DPS supports the functioning of Australia’s Parliament and the work of parliamentarians through professional services, advice and facilities. We are the proud custodians of Australian Parliament House - the working symbol of Australian democracy and an iconic destination for citizens and international visitors. It is a place where more than 3,500 people work on sitting days, and which nearly a million people visit each year.

Our graduate program will give you a unique insight into the diverse range of work undertaken by the department which includes ICT, library, Hansard, broadcasting, facilities management, security, project management, landscape, catering and events, recreation and visitor services.

The program runs for 12 months and focuses on building graduates’ skills, capabilities and knowledge of the Parliamentary Service. You will benefit from:

  • tailored learning and development
  • rotations across the department
  • 13 days of face-to-face external learning workshops
  • delivery of a work-based project, and
  • support and regular feedback.

Who we are looking for

The Department welcomes applications from graduates who have completed, or will complete by January 2018, an undergraduate degree or higher in one of the following disciplines:

  • Finance
  • Arts
  • Human Resources
  • Security Policy
  • Project Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Commerce
  • Business Management

 We are looking for highly motivated individuals who have a willingness to learn new skills and work collaboratively across the department.

Graduates must also have:

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work in a team environment
  • solid analytical skills
  • dedication to providing high quality customer service, and
  • the ability to work under pressure to achieve results.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • have completed, or will complete by January 2018 an undergraduate degree or higher in the last three years
  • have maintained a credit average throughout their degree
  • be an Australian citizen by February 2018
  • be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance to a minimum of baseline level.

Indigenous Graduates

DPS acknowledges the value of a diverse workforce and is committed to employing and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates are encouraged to apply. In addition to comprehensive training and development and rotational work experience across the department, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates will have access to an Indigenous mentor, cultural leave and the Parliamentary Service Indigenous Employment Network (PSIEN).

DPS strongly supports workplace diversity and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.


Successful applicants will be engaged as an ongoing employee at the Parliamentary Service Level 3 (PSL 3) classification. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be promoted to the Parliamentary Service Level 4 (PSL 4) classification.

Commencement salary - $61,900 per annum

How to apply

Applications for the 2018 DPS Graduate Development Program have now closed.

Selection Process

Stage One - Application submission

Applicants must upload in one attachment their academic transcript and two page pitch. The two page pitch must answer the following three questions in no more than 1000 words:

  1. Why are you interested in the 2018 DPS Graduate Development Program, and what skills and experience can you bring to the program.
  2. Provide an example of when you have had to work collaboratively in a team. What was your role and responsibility? Did you encounter any difficulties? What was the outcome?
  3. Describe a situation where you had to solve a difficult problem and show initiative. What actions did you take and what was the outcome?


Stage Two - Assessment Centre

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre in October 2017 at Australian Parliament House, Canberra, ACT.

The assessment centre will involve a number of activities designed to further evaluate applicant’s skills and capabilities. This will involve:

  • a behavioural interview
  • a group activity, and
  • a written assessment

DPS will provide assistance to interstate applicants to attend the assessment centre.


Stage Three - Reference Check

Applicants who are considered suitable for the program must nominate two referees that are either current or previous supervisors in a work or university capacity. Referees must be able to comment on your work skills, abilities and overall performance.


Stage Four - Letter of Offer and Commencement

Letters of Offer will be issued to the successful applicants in November 2017.

The GDP will commence in early February 2018. Successful applicants will be required to complete a number of pre-employment checks, including a medical check and a national police check before commencing with the department.

The Department of Parliamentary Services is located in Canberra, ACT at the Australian Parliament House. Successful applicants from interstate will be  eligible for relocation assistance.

Who can I contact for further information?

For further information please contact:

DPS Recruitment
Department of Parliamentary Services
Telephone: (02) 6277 5200
Email: dps.recruitment@aph.gov.au