Graduate Development Program

Graduate Development Program

Gain experience across diverse teams and build valuable skills under the guidance of senior leaders and mentors through our graduate program.

Our graduate program offers you the chance to start your career with a personalised development opportunity like no other. As a graduate, you will complete the program, rotating through different aspects of work within your specialisation. Taking on meaningful work from day one, you’ll be guided through a tailored training program which aims to accelerate your personal and professional development.

In addition to developing your technical knowledge and skills you’ll learn to collaborate and consult with internal and external stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to contribute to policy, plans and systems that support the financial and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) management of schools and related organisational services.

Our program offers six 24-month fixed term Graduate Officer roles in Education Business Services with rotational placements within four streams:

  • Financial Planning and Resourcing
  • Commercial Services
  • Financial Services
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Applications for our 2021 Graduate Development Program are now closed.

The Education Business Services (EBS) Division provides professional business services and support for public schools and the wider education system. These highly valued services are delivered through the areas of Finance and Commercial Services, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Infrastructure, and Business and Customer Services. We continually strive to enhance the capability and responsiveness of our staff, systems and processes across the organisation to deliver high quality education.

Our program offers six 24-month fixed term Graduate Officer roles in Education Business Services with rotational placements within four streams:

  • Financial Planning and Resourcing- responsible for a number of key finance-related functions, including overall budget and resource management, high-level strategic financial advice, school resourcing, management of the Student-centred funding model and financial planning.
  • Commercial Services- responsible for providing commercial legal support to the business units and schools; contract planning and management; insurance and fleet management.
  • Financial Services- responsible for a number of key finance-related functions, including financial policy and governance, financial reporting and school financial management and support.
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)- the management and delivery of ICT-related services and functions. It encompasses three areas: Governance and Planning Integration; Build and Deployment; and Operations and Customer Service.

Throughout each rotation you will have the opportunity to demonstrate and develop key skills including:

  • Collating data, undertaking analyses and reporting on a range of operational matters.
  • Preparing correspondence on departmental matters, including briefing notes, Ministerial correspondence, responses to parliamentary questions and memorandums.
  • Researching policy and project objectives and providing input on the strategic direction of the Directorate.
  • Contributing to the development, implementation and review of policy and procedures.
  • Collaborating with internal and external stakeholders and establishing effective working relationships.

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following: 

  • A tertiary degree relevant to business, commerce, accounting or related field, having graduated within the last 24 months.
  • Sound oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise effectively with individuals at all levels and build effective relationships.
  • Sound research and problem solving skills and the ability to identify appropriate solutions.
  • Initiative and sound organisational skills including the ability to effectively multi task, meet deadlines and work effectively within a team environment.
  • An understanding of public sector policies and practices.

Before applying for our Graduate Program, we encourage you to read the information guide and application guide which provide information on the role of a graduate, eligibility requirements, preparing your application and how to apply.

All current Department of Education graduate opportunities are available to view and apply online at JobsWA.

Applications for our 2021 program are now closed.

For further information about the Graduate Officer roles contact Julie Bassett, Manager Capability Building, on T: 9264 5107 or E: