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Graduate program

Young male and female participants of the Department of Justice and Regulation Graduate Program

Recruiting for the future

The Graduate Program aims to recruit and retain well rounded graduates who are seeking opportunities and careers within a highly regarded and respected department. You will work on a range of public issues, develop your career within an inclusive and supportive environment and make a positive impact on the wider community. 

Apply now for our three graduate streams 

2019 Professional Services Graduate Program (external link)
2019 Information Technology Graduate Program (external link) 
2019 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Program (external link)

Learn more about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment pathway

Business units that recruit graduates

The following business units will be recruiting for the 2019 Professional Services Graduate Program:

Courts Policy and Dispute Resolution – Civil Justice

Courts Policy & Dispute Resolution (CPDR) is one of a number of business units within the Civil Justice division, Department of Justice & Regulation. It provides advice, and develops legislative, policy and administrative reforms in relation to courts and tribunals. CPDR also advises the Attorney-General on a range of issues, including court governance and financial management, judicial entitlements, therapeutic justice and the implementation of several recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The unit consists of approximately 20 staff, including two Assistant Directors, and is headed by the Director, CPDR.

Graduates will enjoy a high level of support and work on a broad range of matters, through which they will develop their understanding of the policy process in this challenging and complex area.

A law degree or related qualification is required.

Inspector - General for Emergency Management

Established in 2014, Inspector - General for Emergency Management (IGEM) is a specialist assurance entity within the Department of Justice and Regulation. Made up of people passionate about building safer and more resilient communities, we like to think IGEM is a small organisation that makes a big difference.

We provide assurance that emergency management arrangements are in place and effective, and foster the continuous improvement of emergency management in Victoria. We do this by monitoring the capacity, capability and performance of the emergency management sector and undertaking system-wide reviews.

We engage with emergency management partners and the community to offer assurance to government and the community that lessons from emergencies will be turned into sustainable improvements that make a lasting difference.

IGEM is a small, supportive and collaborative workplace with access to the resources, systems and development opportunities that come with being part of the Department of Justice and Regulation.

Graduates could expect to learn about:

  • current policy, operational and reform challenges for the emergency sector
  • institutional arrangements, roles and responsibilities in the emergency management sector
  • methods used for evaluation, reviews, investigations, monitoring and assurance.

More info on the organisation and our work is available on the Inspector-General for Emergency Management's website (External link)

Degrees in business, commerce, economics and social science (government, political studies and management) are desirable but not essential.

Regulatory Services Division - Consumer Affairs Victoria

Regulatory Services Division (RSD) provides regulatory services to raise awareness of the legislation Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) administers and ensure compliance. Our activities are diverse and range from issues identification and market monitoring, licence processing and administrative support to several regulatory schemes, trader inspections and compliance assistance, investigations and enforcement action.

What we do:

  • analyse and identify systemic issues prevalent in the market place
  • work with our national counterparts to identify issues, share information and effectively enforce the law
  • engage with our stakeholders and identify the areas where we can work together to help consumers and businesses with compliance issues
  • assist traders to comply with their obligations and deter those engaging in unfavourable business practices
  • register and regulate a range of non-profit and community entities
  • provide licence processing and administrative support services under several regulatory schemes
  • assess and investigate issues
  • enforce the law and provide legal guidance.

Degrees in finance, commerce or law are desirable but not essential.

Major Projects and Programs Office

The Major Programs and Projects Office (MPPO) is a business unit within the Finance, Infrastructure and Governance Division of the department. As we are a specialist centre of project knowledge and expertise we employ experts across various project streams including business analysis, project delivery, technical and project support. MPPO also employs corporate staff across business services, finance and procurement to ensure we plan, manage and support our projects through the full life-cycle.

We deliver and support programs and projects on behalf of the department’s business units and statutory entities within the Justice and Regulation portfolio. MPPO has significant capability and expertise in this area, and is currently responsible for the delivery of a range of strategic programs and projects, including major procurements, core technology and business systems, and organisational changes.

One of MPPO’s key responsibilities is to manage an Enterprise Project Management Office (ePMO) function for the department. This involves working across the portfolio to provide policy, guidance and support in relation to program and project management, including continuous improvement in project management standards, governance and reporting capabilities.

A degree in either IT or business/commerce is desirable.

Criminal Law Governance and Resources - Criminal Law Policy and Operations

Criminal Law Governance and Resources (CLGR) manages a variety of projects, including parliamentary matters, divisional funding proposals, community legal centre grants and policy development. These responsibilities span several business units within the department, providing regular exposure to different aspects of the criminal justice system. It also has responsibility for recommendations from the Access to Justice report. Overall its work supports the Offices of the Deputy Secretary and the Attorney-General.

Stakeholder engagement forms a core component of CLGR work. In its role as a central contact, CLGR undertakes a range of strategic, financial, corporate, administrative and project management activities. It also has supports a number of external agencies and statutory entities such as Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP). It is a small team which relies on good collaborative team effort to meet time critical deadlines and the value of different perspectives.

All degrees welcome to apply.

The following business units will be recruiting for the 2019 Information Technology Graduate Program:

Infringement Management Enforcement Services - Criminal Law Policy and Operations

The Infringement Management and Enforcement Services (IMES) business unit within the Department of Justice and Regulation provides end-to-end management of infringement matters to the Victorian Government and a range of external enforcement agencies. The management and enforcement of infringements is critical to the effective and efficient operation of the criminal justice system in Victoria. The criticality of this function has been elevated following the introduction of Victoria’s Fines Reform Act 2014, which will transition Victoria to a wholly administrative fines recovery model.

The Camera Operations business unit deliver and maintain the Victorian Government’s Road Safety Camera program. The group manage the day-to-day operations of the Victorian Road Safety Camera network, including monitoring of the camera systems operational status, ensuring compliance of systems with departmental standards and management of camera contractors, testing and maintenance.

The graduate role will work within the Road Safety Camera Technology unit.

A degree in either IT or engineering (IT related) is highly desirable. 

Apply for the 2019 Information Technology Graduate Program (external link)

Corrections Victoria Information Technology

Corrections Victoria Information Technology (CVIT) is a vital branch within the Business Services division of Correction Victoria. It supports Corrections Victoria in achieving its goals by offering high quality ICT support, advice and project management across state-wide operations. CVIT is made up by following five teams.

Information Management Unit  - responsible for business intelligence and data warehousing, data analytics, data integration and interoperability, data quality, data governance, data architecture, models and taxonomies, data and metadata management, master and reference data management

Operations Unit - responsible for service management, change management, application management, release management, development practice/s and testing practice

Business Engagement and Enterprise Planning - responsible for business engagement practice, enterprise and infrastructure architecture, organisational change management practice, training practice, security and risk practice and business analysis practice

Program and Project Delivery Unit - responsible for program and project delivery, project management practice, project officers practice and project management office

Business Support Services Unit - responsible for resource management, financial management, procurement support services, office support services and general management support services

IT or related degrees or combined IT/criminology degrees are essential.

Apply for the 2019 Information Technology Graduate Program (external link)

What makes this grad program great?

Our grads work on projects that make a real difference in our community. You will witness the positive impact of your efforts – that’s an everyday experience when you’re developing reports that inform criminal justice strategy, contributing to policies that help shape our state’s future, and supporting the wider department in its commitment to improving the lives of Victorians. You can be confident your work will help make Victoria a safer and more equitable place to live.

Variety

You will work across three business units during your graduate year with the department. Rotations last for four months, giving you enough time to sink your teeth into the work and see some positive results, while still exposing you to a broad cross-section of the department’s responsibilities.

Support

Buddies

On your first day at head office, you’ll be paired up with a ‘buddy’, who is familiar with the grad program (they may even have been a grad with the department themselves). You’ll have informal catch ups with them regularly. They’re here to guide you through a successful year by answering any questions you have about the department and supporting you in any tasks you’re finding tough.

Mentors

You will also be assigned a mentor, likely to be a manager but not your personal manager. Mentors are great for discussing your bigger ambitions. They can share their experience in the department, helping you plot out your career pathway and ensuring you have the resilience and the right attitude to flourish.

Other grads

This is the source of support you may come to value more than any other. You will start the program with your cohort (likely 10-14 grads) and finish it together. You’ll share inductions, lunches and training sessions, and you’ll discuss your experiences and help each other out. These people will be the bedrock of your network in the public service and, even more importantly, will likely become friends you trust and value.

Education

You already know it – learning doesn’t stop when you’re handed your degree. If you’ve got an open mind, education continues through every day of your life. With that in mind, the department has designed a comprehensive learning and development plan to jump-start your career. From improving your writing, cultural awareness and presentation schools to walking you through a day in the life of a deputy secretary, you will finish the year knowing what the department is all about and how you can contribute to making it even better. 

In addition to these great features, our employees also enjoy benefits such as:

diagram showing benefits of the Graduate program including competitive salary, flexible working arrangements, secondments, professional development

Who are you looking for?

Not only are we looking for candidates with the right mix of skills, experience and qualifications, we also want to find people who are committed to upholding the department's values and behaviours. If you would like to serve the community, act with integrity, respect other people and make it happen, then we want to hear from you.

Our graduates:

  • are resourceful and able to prioritise
  • have excellent communication and rapport-building skills
  • are flexible, resilient and open to change, new ideas or approaches
  • are team-focused, committed, and demonstrate high standards of personal integrity.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the 2019 Professional Services Graduate Program you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen with a valid passport
  • have recently completed (within the past three years) or be in the final year of a minimum three-year undergraduate degree (Bachelor or equivalent, or post-graduate studies) at an Australian tertiary institution. Degrees across any discipline are eligible to apply.

At the Department of Justice and Regulation, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation and cultural background as well as those with a disability.

We also have a firm commitment to increasing participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce. This is why the department runs the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Scheme. Applications are open for the 2019 intake (external link)

Where to from here?

So you’re still interested in joining the Department of Justice and Regulation’s grad program? Great! Have a read over the stages below to get an idea of what will be involved in bringing you to Justice. Please note that the progression to each new stage is dependent upon you passing the prior stage.

The application process

Stage 1: Complete the application form

Upload your resume and submit responses to the questions listed. Access the application form here.

Stage 2: Video interview

The video interview gives you a great opportunity to share a little bit more about yourself. Once you log onto the link you’re provided with, you'll be asked a few questions and will need to record your responses. You can do this anywhere you feel comfortable.

Stage 3: Assessment centre

The assessment centre involves a series of activities designed to determine whether your skills, experiences and personal qualities match our graduate selection criteria.

Stage 4: Psychometric assessments

These assessments include an aptitude test (verbal, numerical and logical reasoning) and a workplace preferences test. You can complete these assessments at home or anywhere you have online access.

Stage 5: Pre-employment checks

At this point, we’ll speak to your personal and professional referees. We will also conduct national criminal checks – so make sure that you declare any incidents from your past.

Stage 6: Job offer

We'll call you to make an offer. If you accept, you will receive a letter of offer and then commence work in 2019.

Our graduates

Georgina Scambler - Corporate Communication, Strategic Communication Branch

Georgina ScamblerWhat did you study?

I studied Communication, majoring in Journalism, with Griffith University via Open Universities Australia.

What attracted you to apply for the graduate program?

After finishing my degree I worked part time as a journalist, and while I enjoyed the work I felt like there was little scope for me to further my career without making big personal sacrifices. The range of opportunities and potential for career advancement in the Victorian Public Service were extremely appealing. I also have family members who work for the Victorian Public Service and knew they had flexible work arrangements and an excellent work-life balance. I have two small children, so knowing my employers would be understanding of my family commitments was a huge drawcard.

How are you enjoying the graduate program so far?

The graduate program has been a fantastic experience. Not only have I used the skills and expertise I developed at university and in previous employment, I’ve picked up a number of new skills and met an amazing number of talented and enthusiastic people. I love the mix of hands-on work and training, both as part of the graduate program and within the Department of Justice. I’ve also enjoyed getting to know other grads and being a part of the Graduate Advisory Committee and the netball team.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m overseeing the production of a video that will form part of Corrections Victoria’s volume recruitment campaign, and I’m coordinating the 2014 Department of Justice Communication Academy, a course to improve the communication skills of managers. I also write news stories for J-Info (the department's intranet) and the Justice website, and assist with video editing for internal videos like Inside Report.

What advice would you give future graduates?

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Take any opportunity to try something different. Tag along with your colleagues to meetings, seminars, networking events – you never know who you’ll meet and what you’ll learn that will be useful down the track. I’d also say to mature age grads like myself – you don’t have to be in your early twenties to do the graduate program. Whatever life experience you bring with you will be valued by the people you work with.

Clara Teo - Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, Criminal Justice

Clara TeoWhat did you study?

I studied Arts and Law at Monash University.

What attracted you to apply for the graduate program?

I applied for the graduate program because the idea of working in a role that has a community focus really resonated with me. This was confirmed in my first week when I was at a meeting watching people discuss methods in which to improve policies in the area of family violence, which would then go on to have an impact on society.

How are you enjoying the graduate program so far?

I’m loving it! There’s a very social element to it, and a real focus on developing you holistically as a person, not just as a professional, which I appreciate. For example, all grads have to attend Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training and everyone in my session came away moved and with a greater empathy for others and an understanding of the intergenerational effects of events. There are activities and opportunities for everyone, and it really provides you with the tools to start building a foundation for a balanced career (work and play)!

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a whole range of (really interesting) projects alongside my team. They include:

  • developing a strategy to increase awareness of sexual assault within families
  • preparing an information brochure in line with a current streamlining of the family violence intervention order process
  • researching currently available reports and studies for ideas and strategies to strengthen the justice system response to perpetrators of family violence.

What advice would you give future graduates?

Be friendly, learn lots, and ask questions! Sleep well on weeknights so you can be alert at work to take in all the new information. Don’t worry if you feel like you’re not contributing very much to the team, even if you’re not it’s ok because no one expects you to know that much (at first)! Just keep engaging and learning.

Benjamin Muller - Regional Executive Services, Planning and Performance (Grampians region)

What did you study?

I studied a Bachelor of Arts followed by a Juris Doctor.

What attracted you to apply for the graduate program?

The way the public service is structured as a network of different departments creates a diverse range of career paths and opportunities. I applied for the graduate program to experience work within the government in a program where I would be engaged in a variety of different projects and development tasks. It is a great entry into the public service.

How are you enjoying the graduate program so far?

So far, it has been enjoyable and interesting. I relocated from Melbourne to work at the prisons in the Grampians region and it has been an exciting couple of months. The graduate development training sessions and the group project have also been a nice opportunity to work in a number of different locations and with a number of other graduates.

What are you working on at the moment?

The Hopkins Correctional Centre is currently undergoing a giant expansion. It is a great project to be a part of as a graduate. I am currently working in the human resources department while we recruit the staff necessary to operate the larger facility.

What advice would you give future graduates?

Unless you have your sight set on something very particular, I suggest going for whatever opportunity presents itself. It is hard to say where you will end up as a graduate in the Victorian Public Service, but you will probably find many things you enjoy on the way.

Joe Murfet - People and Culture (human resources)

Joe MurfetWhat did you study?

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) at Victoria University.

What attracted you to apply for the graduate program?

The graduate program was an opportunity to enter and gain experience in the Victorian Public Service. I also liked the look of the learning and development program.

What were your rotations during the graduate program?

My first rotation was in the Systems and Reporting Team within Department of Justice's People and Culture Unit. My second rotation was in Human Resources Services at the Supreme Court Victoria. My third and final rotation was in the Employee Relations team back at the department's People and Culture Unit.

What are you working on now?

Life after the graduate program involves me working as a Workplace Services Consultant at the department's People and Culture Unit, providing multi-disciplinary consulting services to all business units across the department.

What advice would you give current or future graduates?

  1. Remember the three R’s: relationships, relationships, relationships. They are essential to your success on the graduate program and throughout your career.
  2. Ask questions and have a go.
  3. Apply yourself and make the most of each rotation, there is always something to learn.
Kathryn Sullivan - Koori Justice Unit

Kathryn SullivanWhat did you study?

I have a bachelor in Arts with a double major in Media Communications and Creative Writing.

What attracted you to apply for the graduate program?

What drew me to the program was that it gave me an opportunity to build my real world experience. At the same time, it was an opportunity to try a different type of education as the program emphasises learning and development. 

What were your rotations during the graduate program?

  1. Koori Justice Unit, Department of Justice
  2. North and West Metropolitan Regional Office, Department of Health
  3. Social Policy Branch, Department of Premier and Cabinet.

What are you working on now?

I split my time as a Policy Officer and Community Programs Officer in the Koori Justice Unit at Department of Justice. My role involves a good deal of event management in Melbourne and out in the regions. I get to be involved in the policy process at all stages of the cycle and see how a complex Justice initiative gets implemented first hand.

What advice would you give current or future graduates?

  1. It’s possible that not all your rotations will be what you’re looking for in a job. That doesn’t mean it’s not where you should be on a rotation! You can learn a great deal from getting the opportunity to handle challenging situations.
  2. Getting into the Victorian Public Service Program is really great – remember to keep your work-life balance in check.
  3. Confidence is something you build! Be encouraged by discovering areas you’re still learning in. You’ll be amazed how far you can come in a year.
Cleo Kerama - Legal Policy, Civil Justice Division

What did you study?

I studied Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies at Deakin University.

What attracted you to apply for the graduate program?

My studies, community legal volunteer work, and internship in the US Congress inspired me to work in government and public policy. I saw the graduate program as a fantastic opportunity to explore and build on my interests.

I was attracted to the diversity of the program, particularly the rotations graduates undertake, and the many opportunities it opened for social and professional development. After speaking with friends who were past graduates and loving their current positions in the Victorian Public Service, I was convinced that the program would guide me to an exciting career, while also contributing to the community.

What were your rotations during the graduate program?

  1. Department of Justice - Judicial Policy Civil Justice Division
  2. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development - Legal Division
  3. Department of Treasury and Finance - Portfolio Analysis.

What are you working on now?

My work involves policy and legislative development in relation to Victorian judicial officers. I am currently working on matters relating to judicial entitlements including a proposal for reform of the legislation governing judicial entitlements.

What advice would you give current or future graduates?

  1. Get excited about your graduate year — by approaching it with enthusiasm and eagerness and by seeking out every opportunity to learn and practice. Say yes to every task that is given to you even if it initially doesn’t seem interesting or is unfamiliar. The more you do and challenge yourself, the more you will get out of the year.
  2. Embrace your rotations — even if you are placed in an area which is unfamiliar to you. Treat your rotations as a chance to explore new areas, find new interests, and meet new people. You never know what doors your rotations might open!
  3. Get to know your peers and your colleagues — both in your home department and your rotations. These networks will not only enhance your day-to-day experience in the workplace, but will be invaluable as they will serve as great points of contact and information throughout your career in the Victorian Public Service.
Belinda Hudgson - Liquor Policy, Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing

What did you study?

Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Business (Economics) at La Trobe University.

What attracted you to apply for the graduate program?

I was attracted to working for government as a place where I would be able to work in economics, and still be able to use my background in law by working with legislation and being involved in policy development.   

The fact that the Victorian Public Service provided a graduate program was the perfect way to begin my career, by starting with almost 100 other graduates, and having access to so much training and support.   

What were your rotations during the graduate program?

  1. Department of Justice - Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing - Gambling Policy
  2. Department of Treasury and Finance - Economic Policy
  3. Department of State Development, Business and Innovation - Policy and Research.

What are you working on now?

I returned to the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing at the start of this year, and work in economics across both liquor and gambling policy. I am also involved in legislative projects and other policy work which involves both a legal and economics perspective. 

What advice would you give current or future graduates?

The more that people realise you are enthusiastic and willing to get involved, the more opportunities you’ll get to work on a whole range of different projects and visit many different places. I found that as a graduate, everyone was more than willing to talk to me, answer my questions and share their knowledge, especially if you make an effort to go and talk to them. As well as this, working in three different departments provides an opportunity like no other to create contacts in many different areas, who are invaluable both during your grad year and after.

Moving out of my department and into a new rotation, just as I was feeling comfortable and getting really involved, was the hardest part of the grad year for me. However it was these different rotations which provided me with an invaluable insight into how government works as a whole, and gave me access to such a wide variety of projects and people - so be open and ready to jump right into your new position.

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