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Graduate employment

Applications for the 2018 Graduate Program will open on Friday 25th August 2017

2018 Graduate Program

Are you a recent graduate looking to start your professional career in a creative, energetic and skilled environment?

Do you want to work in one of South Australia's most diverse departments?

We are seeking talented graduates with a range of skills and abilities, who share our vision to support those in need and make SA's communities stronger.

Key Dates for the 2018 Graduate Program Selection Process

Career Events

If you would like to find out more information you can have a chat with us at the following career fairs…

University of South Australia – Careers Expo 2017

  • Tuesday 14 March 11:00am-2:00pm, Adelaide Convention Centre

University of Adelaide – Careers Expo 2017

  • Wednesday 15 March  11:30am-3:00pm, Bonython Hall – North Terrace Campus
  • Thursday 16 March 11:30am-3:00pm, Bonython Hall – North Terrace Campus

Flinders University – Careers Expo 2017

  • Thursday 16 March 5:00pm-7:00pm, Student Hub – Flinders University

Who are we looking for?

Many graduate roles at DCSI are "general" in nature, providing entry-level experience in project and policy work. Graduate Officer roles can vary and may not always align directly with your educational background. Instead, Graduate Officers draw on key skills developed throughout their tertiary studies, including writing, research, problem solving and analysis.

Please refer to the Graduate Officer Factsheet (PDF 59.9 KB) for more information.

We offer general Graduate Officer roles to individuals graduating from the following disciplines:

  • Arts / Research / Social Policy / Legal Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Building / Architecture
  • Business / Human Resources / Management
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology / Justice Studies
  • Data and Statistics
  • Economics
  • Environmental Policy
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing / Communications
  • Planning / Property Management
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences / Health Sciences
  • Social Work

We also offer graduate roles in degree-specific career streams

Please note that graduate vacancies change each year depending on business needs. We will continue to post updates as we near the application opening date.

What does the DCSI Graduate Program involve?

Being one of the most diverse State Government Departments, DCSI offers exciting and rewarding career paths for graduates at the forefront of community service delivery. We offer a supported development program for graduates, providing a range of experiences and opportunities and the chance to create professional networks.

Throughout the 12 month program graduates receive on-the-job development and the opportunity to undertake training through the Stanton Institute. People and Culture will also provide a number of professional development and networking sessions, as well as ongoing support throughout the year to provide a smooth transition from university to a professional work environment.

Graduate opportunities are located in the Adelaide metropolitan area and CBD. Employment will typically commence in January/February and will be for 12 months with the possibility of further employment. Salaries begin at $50,815 plus superannuation but may vary depending on your chosen career stream.

For more information about the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion please refer to the DCSI website.

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible to register for the program:

  • You will have either completed a minimum three year degree within the last three years or will complete your degree at the end of the current year from a registered University in a relevant career stream.
  • You must be an Australian citizen or legally entitled to work in Australia prior to your commencement and for the full length of the employment contract.
  • You will be required to complete a Background Screening and National Criminal History Record Check (NCHRC) prior to being employed and every three years.

How do I apply?

Applications for the Graduate Program generally open in August for the following year's intake. When applications are open, an "Apply Now" button will appear on this page which will direct you to the application. You will also be able to locate it on Jobs SA.

You will be required to enter some personal details, answer five application questions and attach your resume. You are encouraged to review the DCSI Job Application Guide to assist you with answering the behavioural questions component of the application. For more support on how to apply and manage your applications within DCSI click on 'How to apply'

For further information, please refer to the Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions   (PDF 295.2 KB) or email


“The best thing about working here is knowing that there are many opportunities for development in a broad range of working environments. They should consider applying because the graduate program provides a very unique opportunity to kick-start a mobile, corporate career without being locked into a particular job stream.”

Matthew, 2016 Graduate at DCSI, Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Arts

“Being immersed in a government department, within a supportive and enriching graduate program, is an absolutely invaluable experience. DCSI really empowers its graduates to take ownership of the types of skills and experience they would like to get out of their graduate year. This helps when it comes to applying for work beyond the graduate year as you are equipped with the skills you need and you have the practical experience to support your application.”

Mia, 2016 Graduate at DCSI, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

”Graduates should consider applying for the DCSI Graduate program as it gives them the opportunity to contribute to meaningful work improving the delivery of programs and services to some of the most vulnerable members of the South Australian community. It was fantastic being afforded the chance to undertake a week of work shadowing with regional Housing SA staff. It gave me an insight into front-line service delivery, and allowed me to take my experiences back to inform the work I was doing in my business unit.”

Zoe, 2016 Graduate at DCSI, Bachelor of International Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

“The graduate program has been a great experience where I have learnt a vast array of skills, gained a better understanding of how Housing SA and the Government of SA functions and have met people who were constantly willing to assist me in developing my knowledge in those areas. I would and have highly recommended others to apply for the graduate program in future.”

Adam, 2015 Graduate at DCSI, Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Relations)

”Participating in the 2014 Graduate Program was a valuable experience that has enabled me to grow a career within the public sector. The first six months of the program offered an opportunity to develop an understanding of Housing SA: its culture, values and purpose. I found my managers to be supportive in allowing me to seek opportunities for development during the graduate year. I was able to spend a week shadowing in Port Pirie and Port Augusta, which provided me with insight into the role of regional offices. I applied knowledge and skills developed during University and gained work experience that prepared me for moving into an assistant project officer role, six months into the Program. Upon completion of the Program, I won a position as a senior project officer, which is a reflection of the experience gained during that year. I have retained this position within Business Services and look forward to further developing my career within the organisation.”

Taryn, 2014 Graduate at DCSI, Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management (Honours)

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