What we offer
We offer employment pathways for people such as university graduates and Indigenous students, to school leavers and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
he Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS) is a 12-month Victorian Public Service (VPS) wide program managed by the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC).
The aim of GRADS is to attract, recruit, develop and retain high performing graduates within the VPS.
To be eligible for selection to GRADS, graduates need to:
- Meet Australian working rights. e.g. be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident at time of application
- Have not received a voluntary redundancy from the VPS in the past 3 years
- Have completed, at a minimum, a 3-year undergraduate degree
- Agree to undertake a Police criminal records check.
Note: Completion of a candidate degree may need to be followed up, or verified by the recruiting department/agency.
How the scheme works
Graduates are recruited into 1 of 3 graduate streams depending on their area of study. The streams are:
- Generalist (includes graduates from any discipline including degrees in Arts, Business and Technology, Public Policy and Law)
- Accounting and Finance.
At the beginning of the scheme
At the start of the GRADS year, graduates are appointed at VPSG2.1.6 level and are attached to 1 main VPS department (the home department).
Across the 12 months of the scheme, graduates then take part in:
- 3x4-month work rotations in different departments, agencies or workgroups
- The GRADS learning and development program
- Information seminars
- Executive mentoring
- Networking through the Graduate Recruit Alumni Society (GRAS).
When GRADS have completed the scheme
On successful completion of the scheme, graduates are awarded a VPS Graduate Certificate of Completion, subject to:
- Having successfully met progression requirement in each rotation placement
- Attending the required training and seminars
- Successful completion of their learning team project
- Having successfully completed 3 rotations within 3 different departments, as prescribed by the VPSC.
Graduates then return to ongoing employment in their home department at VPSG3 level.
How to apply
Graduates will be selected for the scheme against the following criteria:
- Academic results
- Previous work experience and extra-curricular activities
- Values and community interest
- Oral and written skills
- Initiative and capacity to innovate
- Leadership ability
- Team skills
- Analytical and conceptual skills.
You can put your theory into practice and do meaningful work to support and enhance the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.
Tertiary student placements
We offer tertiary student placements in the following areas:
- Child Protection
- Corporate Services
How to apply
Students seeking a placement are invited to complete the student placement online application form.
Note: Students must also attach a current resume and a covering letter, which specifies why you are interested in the areas you have nominated and what you know about the areas you have chosen.
- Authorise the practice and suitability of the student for the placement they have requested
- Will notify the department immediately if the student withdraws from your course or unit, or of any changes in their circumstances or suitability for placement.
- Where students apply directly through the student portal and nominate you as the tertiary provider contact, you will receive a system generated email requesting that you are confirming the points above. Please email Student Placements within two working days of receiving the email. Applications will not be progressed without authorisation.
Safety screening requirements
As part of the application process, the student must provide the following documents:
Program A valid police check certificate Driver's licence (P-plate minimum) Working with children check Photo ID Child Protection Required Required Required Not required Corporate Services (Central - Policy and Programs) Required Not required Not required Required DFATS (Secure Services) Required Not required Required Required Housing Required Required Not required Not required
National Police checks remain valid for 6 months from the date of issue for student placements. Students would need to start their placement within 6 months of the police check being issued, otherwise they will need to obtain a new police check.
Students who have lived overseas for 12 months or longer during the past ten years must complete the Statutory Declaration for an International Police Check – Students only.
Examples of photo ID include a driver's licence, learner's permit, working with children check card and tertiary ID card.
All documents provided to the department must be:
- Scanned into a pdf file (do not take a photo of the document)
- Clear and legible.
Please note that students who are offered a placement must sign and complete the following forms prior to starting your placement:
Secondary student placements
Reviewed 29 November 2022