Frequently asked questions

How can I find more information about the departments involved?

It is best to visit each department's website:

You can also find out more information at the University Open Days.

Graduate Open Day
Big Meet 2015
Graduate Open Day
Curtin University Careers Open Day

What is the starting salary?

The salary is Public Service and Government Officers General Agreement Level 3, which from June 2016 is $67,896 per annum plus 9.5 per cent superannuation.

Does the department employ overseas students?

You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to be eligible to apply for the graduate program.

Does the department recruit mature-aged students?

Mature-aged students are welcome to apply. However, as the graduate program is an equity and diversity employment initiative, 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

The graduate program is only one way to gain employment into the departments. A number of other entry- and mid- level job opportunities can arise throughout the year which you are welcome to apply for. Keep an eye on the WA Jobs Board for these opportunities.

Where would I be working?

As the graduate program allows for rotations across three departments, graduates can work in any one of the following locations.

Department of Mines and Petroleum

Head office: Mineral House 100 Plain Street, East Perth

Resources Safety Division: 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth

Department of State Development

Head office: 1 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth

Department of Regional Development

Head office: 140 William Street, Perth

Graduates may also undertake work placements in other offices; this will be discussed with the graduate and agreed prior to confirmation of the rotation.

What are some of the benefits I could access if working for the department?

What leave entitlements would I get?

These are listed on the Working at the Department of Mines and Petroleum page.

When do applications open?

Applications for the graduate program open in August for an intake of January the following year (e.g. Applications will open in August 2016 for an intake in January 2017).

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

How do I apply for the graduate program?

Graduate opportunities are posted on each department’s website and on JobsWA. You need to ensure that your application provides all the information required in the advertisement, and that it is received by the department before the closing date and time.

How do I get the 'wow factor' into my application?

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. Read the job advert carefully!

The graduate positions are very competitive. To really impress the panel and be shortlisted, you need to show us that you understand what we do as a department, and that you understand the business area/s where the position is 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 really interests you, and how it fits with your career aspirations.

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

What is the preferred application method?

Department of Mines and Petroleum

Please use the online application process located on the applying for a graduate position page.

Department of State Development 

Please use the online application process located on the Department of State Development website.

Department of Regional Development

Please use the online application process located on the JobsWA website. (search for Department and position)

You ask for four documents but there is only space to upload three documents in the application process?

Please submit your cover letter and your project summary as one document. If you have already applied and weren't able to submit everything required you must contact Alyce De Biasi to discuss further as incomplete applications will not be considered.

When I click on the 'apply now' button, nothing happens!

This error most commonly occurs if you have pop-ups blocked on your computer; the application form should open as a new window. Check your internet settings, allow pop-ups for this site, and try again.

Contact Alyce De Biasi at 9222 3866 or graduates@dmp.wa.gov.au if you are still unable to access the application form.

Did my application submit properly?

Once you submit your online application, you will be sent an automated email acknowledgement. If you received an error message and/or did not receive an email, please contact Alyce De Biasi at 9222 3866 or graduates@dmp.wa.gov.au to check if your application has been received.

Can I apply for more than one graduate position?

Yes, you are welcome to apply for as many positions and departments that your qualifications are relevant for, however you need to submit a separate application for each position.

What is the selection process like?

The selection process is summarised on the selection process page.