Data Stream – Applications are now closed

Are you passionate about working with data? Do you want to work with a wide variety of rich data sources from across our department’s broad remit, while advancing and learning new data skills?

The department is eager to recruit graduates who can apply their strong analytical, numeric and communication skills to real-world issues to help develop policies and deliver programs that contribute to Australia’s education and employment needs today and into the future.

We participate in the Australian Government Career Pathways (AGCP) Data Stream.

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We offer formal and on-the-job training supported by experienced supervisors to develop your skills in quantitative and data analysis using industry-standard software including, but not limited to, SAS, R, Python, Power BI and SQL. Programming experience is not essential but may be beneficial for some graduate placements.

Additionally, all graduates in the Graduate Program will undertake a formal learning and development program.

Throughout the graduate program, you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from subject matter experts to advance your data skills.

The department is focused on attracting graduates from a range of disciplines including economics, commerce, statistics, mathematics, science, social research, actuarial studies, finance, psychology and a variety of others that involve working with and analysing data.

If you have a desire to use data to inform evidence-based policy which aims to help develop and improve outcomes for Australians, we want to hear from you. We welcome applications from all degree disciplines for our Graduate Program. The department offers mainstream positions and a number of specialist career streams including Data.

What our data graduates do

Data graduates get exposure to and use data from a range of rich data sources within the department’s portfolio.

Data graduate roles cover the full data lifecycle including survey and questionnaire development, data acquisition, data engineering and data analysis, as well as more specialised disciplines such as data science, economics, methodology, geospatial analysis, machine learning and modelling, and data management.

The work our data graduates undertake supports evidence-based, informed decision making and work across all aspects of government including policy development, program management and service delivery.

Some of the areas in the department and what a data graduate could be working on include but are not limited to:

  • Data Analysis and Reporting
    • improving the way the department collects, manages, analyses and releases data. This includes applying advanced analytical techniques to a range of integrated datasets to gain insights into complex policy problems or to evaluate the performance of policies and programs.
  • Compliance and Assurance
    • monitoring program performance and protecting government outlays by using cutting-edge techniques and visualisations to identify non-compliance and fraud.
  • Economics
    • developing strategic economic advice and analysis including economic models to support policy development that promotes sustainable and achievable outcomes.

We are looking for highly motivated graduates from a wide range of disciplines and life experiences, who want to play a part in shaping Australia’s future and informing the decision-making process. You can apply to the APS Data Graduate recruitment program and be considered for a variety of exciting roles across the APS.

There are no requirements for any particular degrees or disciplines, however, the types of backgrounds that may be advantageous for a data graduate position include analytics, actuarial studies, business, commerce, computer science, data management, data science or mining, demography, economics, econometrics, engineering, finance, mathematics or mathematical modelling, machine learning, psychology, risk and intelligence analysis, science, social sciences, and statistics and research.

Background or knowledge in any other field with a focus on quantitative analysis problem solving and research would also be an advantage.  We are seeking highly motivated graduates with enthusiasm, a good work ethic, and an attitude open to learning and innovation who enjoy working as part of a team. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are also highly valued.

Applying for our Graduate Program as a Data Graduate

We participate in the AGCP Data Stream which is part of the Australian Government Career Pathways (AGGP). Applications for the 2024 AGCP Data Stream will open from March 2023.

If you have any questions, email entrylevel@dese.gov.au

AGCP Stream eligibility criteria:

To be eligible for AGCP data stream, you must submit a completed application prior to the closing date and time. Eligibility may include the following:

  • evidence of Australian citizenship
  • have completed (or will complete) at least an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 qualification (a Bachelor degree), equivalent, or higher equivalent by 31 December 2023
  • have completed your most recent degree no more than 5 years ago on the date you lodge your application
  • be able to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance once accepted onto the program when required. Further information on security clearances is available from Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA)
  • be willing to undergo any police, character, health or other checks required.
  • Successful applicants will be placed in a merit pool that will be considered by the APS and Commonwealth entities. Please note that agencies and departments and will offer different employment conditions and graduate program features.
  • You must submit a completed application through the AGGP process prior to the closing date and time and provide evidence or confirmation of the components of the Eligibility criteria.

If you have any questions, email entrylevel@dese.gov.au.