Graduate program

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. 

You can read further information about the graduate program (External link)

2021 Graduate Program  

Applications for our 2021 graduate intake are now closed.


Three graduates at the Department of Justice and Community Safety

Pathways to our graduate program

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department), 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.

The department’s graduate program runs in line with these objectives too, providing dedicated pathways both for applicants with a disability and those who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Pathway for candidates with a disability

We want all people to feel they have the opportunities and work environment they need to thrive. We support candidates with a disability throughout the recruitment process to demonstrate their capacity to perform a role. The department also invites candidates to discuss personally applicable workplace adjustments that should be made, which may include workstation alterations, flexible working arrangements or other changes that we can arrange to help you work effectively and enjoyably.  

Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates

Recruiting people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander is another priority of the department. For the graduate program, we ensure cultural sensitivities are catered for throughout the recruitment process, and you will also receive ongoing support from our Aboriginal Employment Team. If successful in securing a role, you will have access to additional networking opportunities and peer support through the department’s Aboriginal Employee Network (AEN). Learn more about these benefits.

For more information, please contact the Aboriginal Employment Team on (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.


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.



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.


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.

Learning and development

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:


A competitive salary package. Flexible working arrangements and study leave. Opportunities to undertake secondments. Access to ongoing professional development.

Who are we 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.



New graduates for 2019

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the Graduate Program you must:

  • have completed your undergraduate or postgraduate degree or the same as level 7 and above of the Australian Qualifications Framework (External link) between 1 January 2018 and 1 January 2021 
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or have unrestricted working rights for ongoing work
  • not be on a temporary graduate visa (External link)
  • not have taken a voluntary redundancy from the Victorian public sector in the 3 years up to the program start date of 25 January 2021

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, 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.


New graduates for 2019

Where to from here?

So you’re still interested in joining the Department of Justice and Community’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 may include:

  • Stage 1: Complete the application form
  • Stage 2: Video interview
  • Stage 3: Assessment centre
  • Stage 4: Psychometric assessments
  • Stage 5: Pre-employment checks
  • Stage 6: Job offer.

Intern programs

Both intern programs are specially designed for students to build experience and real world skills while studying at university.

Intern Program – Legal and Justice Policy 

Applications for this program have now closed. 

Stepping into Internship (Australian Network on Disability)

Applications for this program have now closed.