The application process

Graduates 2014
2014 graduate completion ceremony

Who are we looking for?

To be eligible for the graduate program you need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and be completing your first degree qualification in the current year or have completed it in the preceding calendar year.

The graduate program is an equity and diversity employment initiative and therefore we are actively looking for university graduates from any of the following diversity groups to apply:

  • people under 25 years of age
  • people with disability
  • Aboriginal Australians and/or Torres Strait Islanders

What are we looking for in an application?

You will be required to provide the following:

  • a copy of your academic record and evidence of your relevant bachelor degree being completed in the current year or the preceding calendar year
  • your CV including the names and contact details of two referees
  • a cover letter which outlines why you are interested in working at the department and how it fits with your career aspirations
  • a description (maximum of one page) of your role in a project (university assignment is ok) that you have undertaken or participated in that demonstrates your ability to think critically and undertake analysis to reach a position.

DO NOT apply for a position if you do not have the relevant degree for the position being advertised. However if you have any questions about the position in relation to your degree, please contact Alyce De Biasi on (08) 9222 3866.

How do I make sure my application has the 'wow factor'?

Your suitability for interview will be assessed from the information provided in your written application. To be considered for a position, you must provide everything that is requested above.

The graduate positions are very competitive. To really impress the panel and be shortlisted, you need to show us that you understand what your respective department does, and you understand the business areas where the position would be located. You can then link this to your degree and any other relevant experience that you have (previous employment, volunteer work and interests) to tell us what it is about the position that interests you.


To get a good understanding of the position, the department and business area, check out our website or call the contact person on the job advert.

When are applications open?

Graduates

Applications for our graduate program are open throughout the month of August. The selection process is normally finalised by October or November for an intake in January.

If you would like to receive an email notification when applications open for the year, please contact Alyce De Biasi on graduates@dmp.wa.gov.au or (08) 9222 3866.

Late applications cannot be accepted so please ensure you submit all of your documentation before the application closing date and time.

How do I apply?

A variety of graduate positions are available across the three departments. Each department is looking for people with different qualifications and runs its own recruitment process. Please ensure you are aware of the individual requirements for each position in order to put your best foot forward.

To apply for a position at the Department of Mines and Petroleum, please use the online application system available on our apply for a graduate position page.

To apply for a position at the Department of State Development (DSD), please use the online application system available on the DSD Graduate Opportunities page.

To apply for a position at the Department of Regional Development, please use the online application process located on the Jobs WA website (search for Department and position).