Employment programs at DJPR

The department currently offers a number of employment programs to a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.

For enquiries about these employment programs please contact: employmentprograms@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Employment programs on offer include:

Victorian Government Graduate Program

This is a 12-month, whole of Victorian Government development program administered by the Victorian Public Service Commission. Graduates will undertake three rotating placements of four months each in an ongoing position with an eligible promotion upon successful completion.

Applications are now open for the 2023 Victoria Government Graduate Program

To find out more go to the Victorian Government Graduate Program website.

Hear from a graduate

Name: Shailja Sharma (she/her)Shailja Sharma, Graduate Policy Officer, Office of Health and Medical Research, in Jobs, Innovation and Business Engagement

Title: Graduate Policy Officer, Office of Health and Medical Research, in Jobs, Innovation and Business Engagement

Tell us about your Employment Program

I joined DJPR through the Victorian Government Graduate Program. The program has heaps of support for new grads through mentoring, learning and development sessions and grad-specific team projects. It is a fantastic way to begin on your career journey!

Describe your typical workday

With hybrid working, there is flexibility for me to either work from home or work in the office. I start my day by checking my emails and prioritising my tasks for the day. Most likely my first meeting will be to learn about the priorities for the week, and if there has been any requests from the Minister’s Office. After that I normally get stuck into work such as writing briefs and letters or doing wider research for policy reforms. I will have meetings with some other grads for a catch-up or with key stakeholders to work on projects. Fortunately with flexible hours I can tailor my day to around other commitments like volunteering. It’s great to be able to do something different each day, all related to medical research and innovation in Victoria!

What do you like most about being a graduate?

I love that fact I get to help on such a wide variety of projects, programs and policies! It really helps me to get to know the team and the array of work that the Office of Health and Medical Research does. This means that everyday is different with new challenges and new things to learn. It has made me more adaptable and open to growth which means I am expanding my horizons every day. I can always ask questions even if I think they are silly. Everyone I have met so far has been receptive to my curiosity and eager to help me learn.

Tell us about something exciting/rewarding you have worked on since joining DJPR

One of the most exciting events I was able to assist with was the Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research. Although the six piece band was definitely a highlight, the most interesting part to me was meeting the different finalists and hearing their passion regarding their research. From preventing stillbirths, to molecular barcodes, it is fascinating to hear the cutting edge research being conducted in Victoria. The fact that we can help fantastic health and medical researchers make critical discoveries that have a direct impact on improving health outcomes and fostering economic growth is truly brilliant.

How has hosting an employment programs participant benefited the DJPR team?

Amanda Walpole, Principal Policy Officer: It has been an absolute pleasure having Shailja join our team. Shailja brings a new energy to the team and is enthusiastic to learn about the work we do as well as the mechanics of government. Shailja also brings with her a new set of skills and knowledge, allowing us to engage in richer policy discussions and gain a new perspective on our work. Shailja has also gained a widespread network of grads in other teams and departments who she often draws on when we need to collaborate with new areas in government.

DJPR Graduate Program

The DJPR Graduate Program is an internal graduate program for high-calibre university graduates.

The program leverages the candidate talent pool for the Victorian Government Graduate Program, and provides an opportunity to employ talented graduates into fixed term 12 months position and development program within DJPR.

Applications are now open for the 2023 Victoria Government Graduate Program. To be considered for the DJPR Graduate Program make sure to preference DJPR in your application.

To find out more go to the Victorian Government Graduate Program website.

Science & Planning Graduate Program

The Science & Planning Graduate Program is an annual program run in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), and is open to recent graduates of science, agriculture and related disciplines.

Applications for the 2023 Science and Planning Graduate Program will open in July 2022.

To find out more head to Science & Planning Graduate Program.

Youth Employment Scheme (YES) Trainee Program

This program offers young Victorians aged 15 to 24 opportunities to undertake a traineeship in the Victorian Government. Through a mixture of structured training, provided by a group training organisation and on the job training, trainees will successfully complete certificate level qualifications.

To find out more visit Jobs Victoria - Traineeships for young people.

Asylum Seeker and Refugee Internship Program

The Victorian Government Refugee and Asylum Seeker internship program provides university students who are refugees or asylum seekers with work experience the opportunity to build their network. This initiative connects the Victorian public service with refugees and asylum seekers looking for paid work experience.

The summer program runs for 12 weeks between November and February each year.

The Victorian Public Sector Commission runs the program with CareerSeekers to match interns to suitable openings.

Barring Djinang Internship Program

This Barring Djinang internship program is designed to connect the Victorian public sector and agencies with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander university students looking for paid work experience opportunities.

The summer program runs for 12 weeks in November and February each year.

The Victorian Public Sector Commission runs the program with CareerSeekers to match interns to suitable openings.

Digital Jobs Internship Program

The Victorian Government’s Digital Jobs program aims to build the state’s digital workforce by training and upskilling mid-career Victorians so they can transition into digital careers.

If you’re over 30 years of age, have an appetite for learning and feel motivated to make a change, then Digital Jobs could be for you!

The program that gives you:

  • 12 weeks of free training in a high-quality, industry-backed digital course
  • 12 weeks in a paid digital role with a Victorian business
  • Ongoing support from a mentor throughout the program

To find out more and how to apply head visit Digital Jobs.

Stepping Into Internship Program

This is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability.

With the success of the pilot program in 2017, the department has continued to grow its intake of students with disability. Interns have been placed across the department, including in agriculture, biosecurity, communications, customer service, emergency management, HR, inclusion, IT and legal.

To find out more visit Australian Network on Disability.

Contact us

For enquiries about these employment programs please contact: employmentprograms@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 27 April 2022