Meet our previous graduates
Learn about our National Graduate Program from previous graduates.
Meet Georgia who joined our graduate program in the Generalist pathway. Read about her experience on our Indigenous and Multicultural Placement in Far North Queensland during her grad year.
- Qualifications: Bachelor of Environments , Master's of Urban Planning (current), Diploma of Government , Cert IV Project Management
- University: University of Melbourne
- Year joined: 2014
"As part of the National Graduate Program I was lucky to have the opportunity to spend three months in Far North Queensland working with some of our remote customers. During this stay I helped my remote servicing team out on a trip to Hope Vale.
Hope Vale is a beautiful community located about an hour north of Cooktown. The 6 hour drive to Hope Vale was superb, winding through the Daintree Rainforest and long stretches of open scrubland.
Our trip involved processing payments as well as extensive community engagement. We had meetings with a number of different stakeholders including the local employment agency, health centre, opportunity hub and a banana farm. My team had been servicing Hope Vale for a long time and developed a strong rapport with the community. Just by watching and listening I learnt so much.
We also went to Wujal Wujal, a small community along the Bloomfield River. We were lucky enough to spot 3 mature crocodiles on the banks of the river! This trip was such an amazing experience, giving me greater insight into the welfare reforms of the Cape and the complex and comprehensive work our remote servicing teams do!
Now, back in Canberra, I use this knowledge to make better decisions because I understand the work my department does and why it is important. The memory of the beautiful places and people remains strong."
Meet Adam who joined our graduate program in the Communication Professional pathway. Read about his role in the Communication Division and how the graduate program supported him.
- Qualifications: Master of Arts (Journalism)
- University: University of South Australia
- Year joined: 2014
"If anyone is thinking about joining our graduate program, the best advice I can give is to give it a shot! Working for the department has been an incredibly valuable experience. I’ve seen the sheer size of the department, the scope of projects it works on, the number of services it provides, and the number of people throughout Australia whose lives are impacted by it. There aren’t many places you can work where you can confidently say your organisation interacts with almost every Australian at some stage in their lives.
I joined the National Graduate Program through our communication professional pathway and work in the Communication Division’s Media team. My role involves monitoring daily media activities and issues management. I also develop media materials like media releases that proactively advise customers of changes.
Our Media team also works to support positive customer outcomes by alerting the organisation to feedback received through different media channels, and similarly, address their questions and concerns, particularly through talkback radio. It’s been a great experience to be part of this, to see and hear my General Manager, Hank Jongen, talk with customers about the services we provide. It gives me a great sense that I am working on important projects that actually provide value and help to the community. It also offers remarkable insight into the work the department does and the sheer scope of this place!
Through the program I’ve also been able to forge many friendships with other graduates. Many of us were in a similar position moving interstate for the first time and unsure of what the future held but we were able support one another through the transition.
The National Graduate Program has been immensely rewarding. I’ve been able to apply the skills I developed at university to projects and areas of work that are important and provide value to the organisation I work in. I’ve been given a lot of development time, both within my specific team and from the department as a whole, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this. The instruction and guidance I’ve received from my colleagues has been wonderfully helpful. The training opportunities graduates are exposed to are truly tremendous."
A career after the graduate program
Watch our videos about Lisa, Naomi, Joumana and David, former graduates who are now executive level staff managing teams and developing their career with us in a variety of senior positions.
Each has recorded a video about their experiences in the graduate program and where their career has taken them since graduating.
Naomi joined the program in 2007 and is now working as an Assistant Director in Media Management and Communication. She has also worked in the field responding to natural disasters including the Queensland floods. Watch and hear about Naomi’s experience.
Lisa, a Principal Legal Officer, bargained for and wrote our Enterprise Agreement. She has worked on high level legal issues and represented us in litigation. Learn more about Lisa's experience.
Joumana joined the program in 2000 and is now a Director responsible for heading up her own section in the Infrastructure Engineering Branch. Learn more about Joumana’s experience.
David joined the program in 2005 and is now an Executive Officer providing high level assistance to the Department’s Secretary. Hear more about David’s time with us.
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