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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Position Level: 
APS Level 3, Graduate APS
$62,967 - $73,253
Barton - ACT; Woden - ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
28 April 2019
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At the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) we strive to be bold, be excellent and drive change. Our role is to provide fresh thinking and sound advice to government.

Our role is to advance the wellbeing of all Australians by providing the highest-quality advice and support to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet and improving the lives of First Australians. Our expertise spans many policy areas, with special focus on Indigenous affairs, social and women’s policy, economic and international policy, defence, intelligence and national security.

We are looking for people from a variety of academic disciplines and people with diverse experiences and backgrounds including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people; mature age and people with disability.


Working in PM&C will give you the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the Government's priorities. We believe our greatest asset is our staff. Our officers are committed to excellence, whether they are developing national security policy from Canberra or building partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in some of the most remote communities across Australia.
As part of PM&C, you will receive professional development to build and harness your role at the centre of government to promote the wellbeing of Australians.


To be a PM&C graduate you have a genuine sense of curiosity - a desire to know and understand more about the people we serve and the challenges and opportunities for Australians in a changing world. You will be adaptable and resilient, and willing to embrace a range of opportunities. You will bring your 'whole self' to work.


The PM&C Graduate Program (Program) is a 12-month Program founded on flexibility and empowerment. Like University, you are provided the agency to navigate your own journey and experiences.

While our Program sets a structure for rotations, Graduates will be able to:
• choose from our Generalist Stream – where you will be provided the tools to test all areas of the Department before determining which area you would prefer to work in after the Program; or
• major in one of our other two streams; Indigenous Affairs or Corporate and Government – where you will complete rotations within your stream, complete a ‘Minor’ rotation outside of your stream to complement your skills, and you will then work within your stream after the Program.
The Program will be based in our National Offices located in Canberra, with rotations on offer across a range of business areas, including our Regional Network.

Read our Enterprise Agreement 2017-2020 for more details on our pay and conditions. The Department also offers relocation assistance to successful candidates.


To be eligible to apply, you must:

•Have completed at least a three-year undergraduate bachelor degree obtaining a credit average within the last eight years. All degrees must be complete by 31 December 2019 and be recognised in Australia.
•Be able to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance to a minimum of Baseline level.
•Be an Australian citizen by 30 June 2019. You will need to provide evidence to verify impending citizenship.

All positions are located in Canberra, you must be willing to relocate to participate in the program.


Indigenous jobseekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is 'Identified', then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian people and/or involve interaction with Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

This vacancy has been nominated for filling within the agency's graduate program. A graduate program is a structured, on the job program, designed to introduce graduates to an APS organisation. Successful applicants receive training and development, mentoring and on the job support.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see: http://www.apsc.gov.au/priorities/disability/recruitability.

About Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of our country? The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet advises the Prime Minister on policies across the full range of government activities and the machinery of government, and ensures implementation of cabinet decisions. We work across many different government portfolios to ensure coherent strategies with mutually supportive policies and decisions based on a whole-of-government approach. We cover matters of particular importance to the Prime Minister, current government priorities, social and economic policies, Indigenous affairs and national security. Special offices currently work on counter-terrorism, Commonwealth-State reforms, deregulation, women’s policy, ‘ice’ and cyber security.

We are a motivated and professional team with a wide variety of qualifications and backgrounds. We welcome people with private-sector experience. We value people with ideas, the ability to present them persuasively, and the drive and skill to see them adopted. We take pride in our reputation for acting with integrity and discretion.

All applicants must be Australian citizens, and be prepared to undertake and pass a security clearance. Applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged apply. The Department aims to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities. Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our HR Help team on 02 6271 6000 in order to obtain selection documentation.

For more information: 
Entry Level Programs Team,
(02) 6271 6000
Position number: 
Vacancy N.N. 10747181