The selection process

DMP graduates 2015
2015 Graduates

Each department will run its own recruitment and selection process, to determine the most suitable graduate for each job. Please ensure you are aware of the individual requirements for each position in order to put your best foot forward.


All applications will be considered after the application period closes at the start of September. The panel will assess each application against the following:

  • A copy of your academic record and evidence of your relevant 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 (maximum three pages) which outlines the following:
    • Why you are interested in working at the Department and how it fits with your career aspirations.
    • A description of your role in a project (university assignment is ok) that you have undertaken or participated in that demonstrates your research and communication skills.

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

  • people 24 years and under
  • people with disability
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

The most competitive applicants will be invited for interview.


Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by telephone or email, so please ensure you provide up-to-date contact details.

During the formal interview (normally three panel members), you will be asked a number of questions and be provided with the opportunity to find out more information on the specific role.

You will also be asked to provide a copy of a project or assignment that demonstrates your research and communication skills.

 The panel will be assessing your responses against the following capabilities:

  • Proven ability to research, analyse and interpret information and report on findings.
  • Works collaboratively in a team and with stakeholders and; treats people with respect and courtesy.
  • Able to write a range of documents and able to communicate clearly and effectively to various audiences.
  • Shows willingness to learn and develop expertise.  Achieves set goals and tasks within competing deadlines.
  • Acts with integrity and behaves in an honest, professional and ethical way.

Other selection techniques, such as second round interviews or written questions, may also be used. If this is the case you will be informed when you are contacted to book in your interview.

Selection Process - Interviews

Reference checks

After interviews, reference checks will be completed for the most competitive applicants.

Notification of outcome

Based on the above process, a decision will be made and the most suitable applicant offered the graduate position.

Successful applicants will receive offers of employment with a commencement date for employment in mid-January.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email and provided with the opportunity to receive feedback on their application.