Graduate Development Officer
Manager, HR Strategy and Support
(08) 6552 8732
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I am pleased to invite university graduates to apply for the
Public Sector Commission’s 2013 graduate program
The program provides graduates with opportunities to
learn from and interact with high-profile stakeholders
across the sector while fast-tracking their learning and
equipping them for public sector policy and management
positions. Having myself commenced in the public sector
through a graduate program, I can personally attest to
their benefit and the opportunities they can present.
Joining the Commission will provide you with unique
experiences not available at other public sector agencies.
Much of our role requires staff to work on projects that
have wide-reaching implications for the sector.
Within this application pack, you will find information about the Commission’s role and
structure, outlining how our Graduate Development Officers fit in and contribute to the
sector. This pack also highlights the entitlements and benefits available to public sector
employees, with detailed instructions on how to apply. To give you a clear picture of
what’s on offer, several of our current and former graduates—the latter having since
moved into more senior roles in the Commission—have shared their experiences.
I encourage all university graduates to apply for the 2013 graduate program and wish
you the best of luck in preparing your applications.
M C Wauchope
PUBLIC SECTOR COMMISSIONER
The Public Sector Commission’s graduate program will help fast-track your professional
development and help you gain valuable and varied work experience, develop personal
and professional networks, and learn more about the Commission’s functions and role in
the wider public sector.
The top three applicants will be appointed to a Graduate Development Officer position,
undertaking a 12-month placement with rotations in each of the Commission’s business
areas, learning the processes of government while working on projects and strategies
important to the sector.
The program commences in January with a comprehensive induction. Your supervisor, a
mentor and a team of professional, creative and dedicated people will help you to identify
and work towards achieving your career goals.
Graduates will be supported to work both independently and collaboratively on a wide
variety of projects, such as providing executive support to external agency reviews,
working on Freedom of Information requests, delivering presentations to staff in regional
areas and drafting briefing notes, media responses, legislation and Cabinet submissions.
The seminars, training and networking functions you attend as part of the program will
help you gain insight into how government operates, with the Commission committed to
developing graduates as future leaders in the sector.
The Public Sector Commission
The Commission provides leadership, builds capacity, evaluates
performance and recommend improvements, drives reform and
advances the diversity and accountability agendas of the public
In 2011–2012, the Commission:
• managed a legislative reform program with the Corruption and
Crime Commission Act and Lobbyists Bill before Parliament
• conducted the recruitment processes for a number of CEO
• provided guidance for agencies on managing structural change,
workforce and diversity planning and annual reporting to Parliament
• launched the pilot of its new Foundations of Government Human
Resources Program for HR practitioners
• undertook inquiries into the November 2011 Margaret River
bushfire and into the conduct and response of public officials and
government agencies in relation to allegations of sexual abuse at
St Andrew Hostel in Katanning.
A high performing public sector serving the needs of Western
Australia now and for the future.
When doing business, we will be:
• responsive and professional in our service delivery
• passionate about what we do
• forward thinking in our approach
• collaborative in our relationships
• willing to build and share our expertise.
‘Rotating through the
different business units
gave me a great
opportunity to work on a
variety of projects.
I enjoyed working on
freedom of information
applications within the
The graduate program
gave me a solid
grounding for my
career, and I would
definitely recommend a
career in the WA public
sector to other
especially through the
Thamis is now a
Level 5 Policy and
Project Officer within
The Commission consists of three divisions and two support areas. Each division is headed
by a Deputy Commissioner, with responsibility for research, analysis, policy development
and management of a broad range of issues.
Accountability, Policy and Performance Division
The Accountability, Policy and Performance Division is engaged in an ongoing process of
reform to public sector administration and management. The division also supports the
compliance and performance monitoring and the oversight functions performed by the
Commissioner under the Public Sector Management Act 1994 (PSM Act).
Capability and Development Division
The Capability and Development Division assists public sector bodies and employees to
comply with the Western Australian Code of Ethics, the principles of official conduct
and public sector standards in human resource management. The division assists public
sector employers to identify and develop skilled and ethical leaders while delivering
accredited training programs designed to skill the sector’s human resource professionals.
The division also employs a range of workforce planning initiatives including integrating
diversity outcomes to enable the sector to tap into potentially underutilised sections of the
workforce. The division showcases public sector excellence and capacity through a range of
events including the coordination of the Premier’s Awards, the Excellence in the Public
Sector Conference and other workshops.
Agency Support Division
The complexities of a public sector are vast, and a key role of the Commission is to provide
direction and advice to agencies when it is needed. The Agency Support Division provides
assistance to agencies with issues surrounding the employment framework that exists within
the public sector including general human resource management policies, practices and
processes, the PSM Act, CEO and Senior Executive Service employment and appointment,
structural reviews and analysis, redeployment and severance, governance and remuneration
for members of boards and committees, and disciplinary investigations.
Office of the Commissioner
The Office of the Commissioner, which incorporates the Corporate Communications Unit,
provides direct support to the Commissioner and responds to media enquires and freedom of
information requests. The Corporate Communications Unit supports divisions with website
development and maintenance, as well as publication design, editing and production.
Strategic Corporate Support Unit
The Strategic Corporate Support Unit provides organisational development, human resource
management and financial management services for the Commission.
Working for the Public Sector
As a Graduate Development Officer you can expect to:
• research and analyse issues relevant to the public sector
• develop policy and provide advice on a variety of Commission
• manage projects, liaising with both internal and external
stakeholders, and participate in project groups
• develop, prepare and disseminate Commission publications and
• prepare briefing notes for the Public Sector Commissioner and
other senior staff members
• prepare reports and draft correspondence
• respond to requests for information from other agencies and
members of the public.
Want to know more about Talitha’s experiences as a
Graduate Development Officer? Phone on (08) 6552 8631
‘The graduate program
at the Commission is
certainly one of the best
programs available in
the public sector.
I am offered the
opportunity to attend a
wide variety of
seminars, training, and
networking events have
also been supported in
continuing to grow my
The program has
understanding of what
opportunities there are
and the paths I can take
in my future career.’
The Commission operates under the Public Service and Government
Officers General Agreement 2011 and the Public Service Award 1992.
Graduates will commence on a salary of $60,330 as a Level 3
Graduate Development Officer. Public sector employees receive a
superannuation contribution of 9%.
Public sector employees are entitled to:
• four weeks paid annual leave plus two days paid leave in lieu of
repealed public service holidays (22 days in total)
• 15 days paid personal leave
• 13 weeks paid long service leave after seven years continuous
• Leave entitlements are usually transferable between public sector
agencies, giving you flexibility in progressing their careers.
Full-time employees work 37.5 hours per week (7.5 hours per day)
and have access to flexible work hours in negotiation with their
Want to know more about Francine’s experiences as a
Graduate Development Officer? Phone on (08) 6552 8741
‘The graduate program
involves you with real
projects significant to
the Commission and to
You can really see how
your day to day work
makes a big difference.
I would highly
encourage all recent
graduates to apply.
This program has been
the best decision I have
university, and I can
really see a motivating
and exciting career
shaping out for me in
Subject to a performance review, graduates will be offered permanent positions in the
Commission as Level 3 Project Officers at the conclusion of their 12-month placement.
Project Officers may continue to rotate through the Commission, be allocated to a
project, or may be placed in a position in the Commission that suits their skills and
interests. Project Officers are also encouraged to apply for opportunities to take on other
roles, either temporarily or permanently, to progress their careers.
Our graduates have the opportunity to network with fellow graduates in other
departments through the Graduate Future Leaders Program, which also provides a
holistic overview of government process and topical issues facing both the public sector
and the Western Australian community. Graduates also gain exposure to the inner
workings of Government with organised visits to Parliament and Government House.
Future graduates can identify their training needs and apply to attend relevant training
courses and developmental programs in negotiation with their managers.
The Commission has monthly information sessions, where high profile speakers present
on a topic relevant to the public sector. These sessions give our staff insight into the
workings of other agencies and how they are affected by the Commission’s activities.
Presenters in 2012 included:
• Ms Susan Hunt PSM, CEO, Zoological Parks Authority who presented on the unique
operations and innovative initiatives at the Perth Zoo
• Mr Mark Webb, CEO, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority who presented on the
unique business of the agency and some of the interesting international commercial
ventures Kings Park has entered into.
• Mr Eric Lumsden, Director General Department of Planning who presented on the
Perth Waterfront Development.
Should you apply?
Applications are invited from university graduates who have completed a degree of three
years or more in 2010, 2011, or will be completing their degree in 2012.
Graduates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, however, human resource
management, law, organisational psychology, public policy, humanities, industrial or
employment relations and business disciplines have been identified as the most
Work-related requirements (selection criteria)
To undertake these duties, you will:
• demonstrate research and analytical skills
• have an ability to prioritise your work and meet deadlines
• show initiative and problem-solving skills
• have sound communication skills (written, oral and interpersonal)
• have the ability to work as a member of a team.
To be successful, applicants must:
• have achieved consistently high academic results
• be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status.
The Commission is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from all
diversity groups to apply.
Note: For qualifications obtained outside of Australia, it is your responsibility to obtain an
assessment of your qualifications from the Overseas Qualification Unit in the Department
of Training and Workforce Development.
For information, visit www.migration.wa.gov.au/OQU/Pages/ApplyOQU.aspx or contact
the department (08) 9224 6500 or email: email@example.com.
Prepare your application
To be considered for this opportunity you will need to provide:
1. a completed application form, quoting position number
2. a cover letter (no more than one page) introducing yourself,
your field of study and why you are interested in working at the
Commission as a graduate
3. a comprehensive CV (resume)
4. a copy of your academic record (must include all results)
5. a short statement (no more than two pages) describing a team
project or assignment you have been involved in and your role
in that team. Tell us how you used your analytical skills,
prioritised your time, how you worked through problems that
arose and how you used your communication skills to achieve
results and complete the project. You should also consider and
explain how these skills may apply to the Graduate
Development Officer’s duties (see page 7 of this pack).
graduate program has
been the ideal way to
begin my career in the
The experience I have
gained has allowed me
to take on a range of
challenging projects and
gain an excellent insight
into a central
I highly recommend the
program to anyone
interested in starting
their career with a
structured program that
Laura is now a Level 5
Policy and Project
Officer within the
Submit your application
There are several ways to submit your application:
Please visit: www.jobs.wa.gov.au
Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting
PSCGrad13 in the subject line
Send your hard copy application to:
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Locked Bag 3001
WEST PERTH WA 6872
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00PM, FRIDAY 17 AUGUST 2012
For more information please contact:
Manager, HR Strategy and Support
(08) 6552 8732
PSC’s current graduates are also happy to discuss their experience with applicants and
can be contacted directly:
• Francine Goss – (08) 6552 8741
• Talitha Schofield – (08) 6552 8631
The recruitment and selection process
After the closing date, a selection panel will consider each application and assess it
against the work-related requirements of the position.
The interview process
The interview process typically consists of two rounds of interviews. The top ten to 15
applicants will be offered a first round interview with the graduate program coordinator
and supervisors, and from there, the best applicants will be offered a final interview with
Following these interviews, the selection panel will discuss each applicant and
recommend to the Public Sector Commissioner the applicants who should be offered one
of the three places on the graduate program.
All applicants will be formally notified of the outcome at the completion of the process.
Successful candidates will be advised that they have been recommended for
appointment as a Graduate Development Officer.
All applicants can request feedback on their performance. Feedback is valuable for
future applications and your personal development. Please note that feedback is not
available until all candidates have been notified.
Successful candidates will commence with the Commission in January 2013
on a 12 month contract.
Good luck with your application!
Frequently asked questions
When are the interviews?
Interviews are planned for late August to early September. If you have not been
contacted for an interview by this time, it is unlikely you were selected to progress to the
next stage. You will be formally advised of the outcome at the end of the process.
If you have been offered an interview make sure you arrive ten minutes prior to your
scheduled interview time and wear appropriate business attire. Feel free to bring a copy
of your application and any preparatory notes with you if you feel it would assist you.
What will I be asked in the interview?
Most of the questions asked at the interviews will be based on the selection criteria (see
page 10 of pack). You should re-read your application carefully prior to attending an
interview. You should consider the work-related requirements and the general duties
that a Graduate Development Officer undertakes. Think of examples of how you meet
these requirements and skills. In addition, you should familiarise yourself with the role of
the Commission (including our annual report, which can be found with other Commission
information at www.publicsector.wa.gov.au). You should also make yourself aware of
current issues affecting the Western Australian Government, public sector and
What if I am unsuccessful?
Candidates who were found to be suitable but who were not recommended for
appointment will be placed into a ‘pool’. Should further graduate vacancies become
available during the next 12 months, the Commission can revisit the pool to make
Applicants who were found not suitable will be notified at the end of the process and are
especially encouraged to contact the Commission for feedback on their application.
What happens after my 12 month contract as a Graduate
Subject to a performance review, you will be appointed to the permanent staff of the
Commission at the conclusion of this contract.