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General Overview

The DPC Graduate Development Program is a two-year program and includes:

  • A comprehensive induction to the Department and to Government.
  • A series of four-month rotations throughout the Department.
  • The opportunity to participate in the Graduate Future Leaders Program at no cost. This will give you the opportunity to meet with other graduates from across the WA public sector. 
  • Substantial training and development opportunities.

As a graduate you can expect to undertake a range of duties throughout your rotations. An example of some of these duties may be:

  • Negotiating with other public servants, community members or companies.
  • Drafting correspondence, internal memos, briefing papers and reports.
  • Drafting briefings for senior executives, ministers and the Premier and submitting Submissions and Comments to Cabinet. 
  • Responding to Parliamentary Questions and drafting speeches.
  • Preparing discussion papers for the community, looking at feedback and making recommendations for Cabinet. 
  • Researching and writing up issues from other jurisdictions.
  • Participating in Departmental or Interdepartmental Committees.
  • Meeting people who want to change a government decision or solve a problem.
  • Attending official functions involving dignitaries and community members.


The Graduate Development Program is based on an initial 12-month fixed term contract where graduates will rotate through the divisions of the Department. Subject to satisfactory performance, permanency may be offered at the completion of the contract.

Graduates are employed at Level 3 $67,896 to $73,717 per annum under the Public Sector and Government Officers General Agreement 2014.  

  • Salary on commencement will be $67,896 pa. plus 9.5% superannuation
  • Suitable applicants will be required to provide: Proof of identity 100 point check (details will be advised after selection) and a satisfactory National Police Certificate issued by the Western Australian Police.

Graduates are encouraged to apply for advancement opportunities arising within the Department towards the end of their first year. All promotions are based on merit. 

Employment Benefits

  • Training and development opportunities including participation in Graduate Future Leaders Program
  • Flexible working arrangements, including start and finish times
  • 4 weeks annual leave per year
  • 2 days Public Service Holidays in Lieu
  • 13 weeks of long service leave (after 7 years)
  • The ability to purchase additional leave each year
  • Salary packaging options for vehicles, work-related laptops or superannuation
  • Study leave
  • Maternity leave
  • Deferred salary arrangements (ability to reduce your income by 20% per year over 4 years and have a whole year of paid leave, in the fifth year, at 80%)


Most of your work will be done at the Department's headquarters in West Perth but, as part of the Western Australian Public Sector, your role might take you all over the State.

For further information on the program please contact:


Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
4th Floor, 2 Havelock Street
Tel: (08) 6552 5848
Fax: (08) 6552 5239

WA Government agencies, including this Department, advertise positions online on the WA Government Jobs Board at  You are encouraged to apply for those vacancies which match your skills and abilities.







Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.