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Simon

Throughout my graduate year, I was constantly amazed at the variety and number of projects DPC is involved in - from bushfires, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, education policy, the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, electricity policy, water policy, Native Title and sharks.

I started at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Accounting, Corporate Finance). Throughout my graduate year, I was constantly amazed at the variety and number of projects DPC is involved in - from bushfires, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, education policy, the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, electricity policy, water policy, Native Title and sharks. As a graduate, this diversity made for an incredibly dynamic and rewarding year.

Completing my graduate program in the lead-up to the State General Election provided me with the unique opportunity of advising public sector officers of all levels on their responsibilities under the Caretaker Conventions during the pre-election Caretaker period. This was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the cycle of government, and of the operations, reporting structures and responsibilities of other public sector agencies. As a bonus, I was also allowed to attend the swearing-in ceremony for the Premier and Cabinet!

As a DPC graduate, I had the opportunity to participate in the Graduate Future Leaders Program, run by the Public Sector Commission. This program involved a collaborative policy project with graduates from other agencies, simulating a real-world inter-agency policy agenda. The program and project was an excellent opportunity to network with graduates from other public sector agencies in an informal atmosphere. Aside from this, I have also had the opportunity to take part in a number of whole-day policy and writing workshops.

Claire

One of the highlights of my graduate year was the opportunity to assist at State Receptions for the US Secretaries of State and Defence, and for the Crown Prince of Belgium.

I entered the graduate program at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet two months after completing a Bachelor of Laws/Arts at the University of Western Australia. It was great to start with six other graduates of a variety of ages, academic backgrounds and work experiences. 

Over the course of the year, I had three placements in different areas of the Department: the Native Title Unit, the Office of State Security and Emergency Coordination and the Economic and Deregulation subdivision. Each area offered something very diverse, both in terms of the type of work and also the subject matter, varying from attending hearings at the National Native Title Tribunal, to researching Australian maritime, health security and counter-terrorism laws, to writing departmental comments on legislation passing through Parliament. One of the highlights of my graduate year was the opportunity to assist at State Receptions for the US Secretaries of State and Defence, and for the Crown Prince of Belgium. As a graduate, I really benefited from the strong support which I always received from my supervisors and colleagues, and enjoyed the cheerful office camaraderie which I experienced in all my rotations. 

I am now a permanent Project Officer in the Economic and Deregulation subdivision, working on a joint Commonwealth/State project, the Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel Regions. 

Kristy

Throughout my time in the Department I have received high quality support, and have been able to take full advantage of the outstanding professional development opportunities that have been made available to me.

Working as a Graduate within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet has provided me with a remarkable foundation for my policy career.

My work within the Department has been widespread and varied, from working with the not-for-profit sector, to assisting with the drafting of legislation to working on Native Tittle negotiations. The introduction to policy development has been challenging and fulfilling, focusing on pivotal areas of government, and requiring me to draw on my analytical and research skills.

Throughout my time in the Department I have received high quality support, and have been able to take full advantage of the outstanding professional development opportunities that have been made available to me. The Department fosters a collaborative and supportive working environment and I have appreciated learning from the professionalism and expertise of my colleagues.

For graduates, the Department offers an exciting and engaging program with ample opportunities for learning and growth. I have had invaluable exposure to high-level policy formulation and development and the processes of government and regard my year in the program as an outstanding foundation for my future career.