Want to help create healthy, safe and productive working lives for all Australians?
Become a graduate at Safe Work Australia—we’re a small agency with a big agenda. Located in the iconic Nishi building in Canberra, we develop national policy for work health and safety (WHS) and workers’ compensation in Australia. We are the collector and keeper of national WHS and workers’ compensation data and drive change to improve WHS and workers’ compensation outcomes.
Our graduate program
We’re a small agency, so you’ll get hands-on, real experience, working in a variety of teams.
You'll contribute to meaningful work from day one and have the opportunity to make your mark. We’ll also support your learning and development with plenty of opportunities to refine and build on your skills.
Here are a few things we offer:
- ongoing employment once you complete the graduate program
- generous remuneration package and employment conditions
- access to a range of health and wellbeing initiatives
- high quality professional development activities
- a mentoring program, and
- relocation assistance if you live outside of Canberra.
Who we’re looking for
We’re looking for graduates who stand out from the crowd. We want talented and motivated graduates who have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, drive and the enthusiasm to learn and contribute to Australians’ health and safety at work.
If your background is in the following fields, we want to hear from you:
- public policy—we shape and contribute to national policy decisions
- science—we use scientific and technical expertise
- economics/statistics/analytics—we base our policy on data and research
- law—we analyse, interpret and provide advice on legislation and public policy
- enabling services— helping Safe Work Australia run through corporate services, human resources and communication.
We are engaged, motivated and committed to creating a workplace that enables everyone to be and do their best. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive workplace. People from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, LGBTIQ+ people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, you will need to submit a one-page brief to tell us how you stand out from the crowd. Include your experience, qualifications, and the specific examples that make you a star candidate – for example, tell us your role, what you contributed, and the end results of your work to demonstrate your skills. You only have 850 words to pitch with, so make them count!
In addition to your brief, send us your most up-to-date resume. Let us know about your achievements, work experience, professional development activities, and what you like to do for fun.
Applications must be submitted by 11:30 pm 5 May 2019. We can’t consider your application if you submit it after the closing date, unless we’ve granted you an extension. If you require an extension for reasons beyond your control, send us an email before 5 May 2019 setting out why you need the extension. We will let you know that outcome of your request as soon as possible, however extensions will only be granted in exceptional cases.
If we like your application, we’ll contact you to arrange an interview via Skype which will be held in late May or early June 2019. On completing our initial assessment, we will look to bring our top ranked candidates to Canberra to visit our office. In Canberra, we will ask you to complete a written exercise and deliver a presentation to us on a topic relevant to Safe Work Australia—which we will provide you with in advance. An informal interview with the panel will follow to further assess whether you have the skills and experience to join Safe Work Australia.
To help you prepare for the interview, have a read of our website and prepare some examples you can share with us that highlight how your work, study and skills and knowledge make you the best candidate for our graduate program. Just as importantly, be yourself so we can get to know you. Our panel will be happy to answer any questions you may have about us, so feel free to bring any questions with you. We enjoy working at Safe Work Australia and are happy to talk with you about the important work that we do.
We’ll be making offers for our graduate program once we’ve assessed all applications and conducted the interviews, no later than August 2019.
If we make you an offer to join our graduate program and you accept it, we’ll arrange for you to come in and meet your supervisors and teams as well as the other graduates in late November 2019. We’ll bring you to Canberra, so you can explore our fabulous city before you join us in 2020.
Our next graduate program commences in January 2020, and includes a number of rotations across Safe Work Australia over a 12 month period. The rotations in different teams will provide you with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the work we do, complete varied and interesting work, and influence other work within Safe Work Australia.
We’ll also connect you to other graduates and help build your professional networks. We link you up with the Australian Public Service Commission’s Graduate Development Program, which includes a number of learning and development opportunities like formal training programs, on-the-job training and the completion of a major project. Equally as important, we have generous employment conditions including competitive salaries and access to flex time!
You’ll notice from day one, that we’ve got a great workplace culture which we’re really proud of. We like to get involved and participate in a range of corporate and charitable activities throughout the year. We’re also committed to diversity and inclusion, which is driven by our very active, employee-led Workplace Inclusion Network.
Safe Work Australia is not only an interesting and important place to work, but a supportive and inclusive environment for your transition to working in the Australian Public Service.
If this sounds like the workplace for you – send us your application!
Go to our Current vacancies page to get started.