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Department of Communications and the Arts
$61,386 - $64,676
Action - ACT
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Closing date: 
29 April 2019
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At the Department of Communications and the Arts, we have a broad portfolio and undertake a diverse range of policy and program related activities. Our mission is to create an environment in which all Australians have access to high quality communications services and diverse artistic and cultural experiences.

The Department advises the Australian Government about the communications and arts industries — television, radio, internet, phone, post, arts and changes in digital technologies. We develop policy, provide advice, analysis, and deliver programs that make digital technologies and communications services better.
We encourage excellence in art, help to protect our cultural heritage and support public access to, and participation in, arts and culture for all Australians.

We are passionate about what we do, and seek to employ staff who are equally committed to supporting our priorities. Graduates are an important part of our workforce and we invest significantly in our graduate program each year.

To view a video from our most recent graduate cohort who completed the Department of Communications and the Arts Program please visit our webpage at: https://www.communications.gov.au/who-we-are/careers/graduate-program

If you are looking a challenge and want to make a difference to the lives of Australians, we recruit graduates across three pathways
• Policy Development and Program Delivery
• Economics
• Corporate

Our program combines the Policy Development and Program Delivery, Economics, Corporate pathways along with our Graduate Disability and Indigenous streams to create one diverse and supportive cohort.

Our Policy Development Program Delivery pathway accepts applicants from all disciplines and gives you a broad exposure to the operations of the department. You will experience three placements that will complement your ongoing development needs, allow you to participate in diverse projects and learn how different areas operate.

The Corporate pathway provides for placements through your respective specialist skill branches, you will also complete a rotation in one of the 18 portfolio agencies. This stream allows you to specialise and develop your skills in a particular area. This year, we are recruiting four disciplines within the
Corporate pathway:
• Accounting
• Human Resources
• Information Technology
• Law

The Economics pathway provides for placements within the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR). The BCAR is the department’s economic, geospatial and statistical research branch. It supports the department and the government by undertaking research and publishing economic and data analysis on communications and arts portfolio issues to support evidence-based policy and advice, and informing discussion and debate. This pathway provides the opportunity to develop your economic research and modelling capabilities in a collaborative research environment.

We actively encourage applications from people with disability, people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our 2020 graduate program will commence in late January 2020.

Applications open Monday, 25 March 2019 and close Monday, 29 April 2019.

As a graduate, we invest significantly in your learning and development throughout the year to develop and build your capabilities and position you as a potential future leader.


To apply for the program, you must be able to show that:

• you have or will have completed your undergraduate degree by January 2020
• you are an Australian citizen
• you have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) score of 65 or higher
• you are prepared to relocate to Canberra
• your degree is recognised in Australia
• your most recent degree must have been obtained no more than 10 years ago
• you are able to obtain a security clearance appropriate to the position


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 Communications and the Arts 

We are the lead agency to the Australian Government on communications and the arts. Our aim is to create an environment in which all Australians have access to high quality communications services and diverse artistic and cultural experiences.

We are an inclusive employer and promote, value and support diversity among our employees. Our three-year Diversity and Inclusion Strategy helps focus our efforts and ensure our workforce reflects, respects and benefits from diverse communities including Indigenous Australians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, carers, LGBTQI+ and people with disability.

If you’re interested in joining our team, we invite you to submit your application.

For more information: 
Eileen Fahey
(02) 6271 1037
Position number: 
Vacancy N.N. 10745996