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Graduate employment

DHS 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.

Who are we looking for?

Many graduate roles at the Department of Human Services (DHS) 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.

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

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 DHS Graduate Program involve?

Being one of the most diverse State Government Departments, DHS 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 $52,315 plus superannuation but may vary depending on your chosen career stream.

For more information about the Department of Human Services, please refer to the DHS 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?

If you would like to be informed of future vacancies with DHS, please subscribe to Job Alerts on the I Work for SA website.

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 on the DHS Graduate Program, please email


Jessica – Graduate 2015 ( Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) )

Jessica joined the graduate program in 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of Adelaide.

She started in the Homelessness Strategy division of Housing SA, using her research skills to review clients of the homelessness sector and the effectiveness of case management plans.

She received mentoring on how to win jobs and was able to complete the graduate diploma in government.

Jessica is now employed in the Screening Unit, using her assessment skills and interest in forensic psychology. Jessica says the graduate program is a fantastic opportunity to pursue different areas of interest and develop new skills.

Amy – Graduate 2017 ( Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Journalism )

Amy joined the graduate program in 2017 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Journalism at UniSA.

She is currently working in the Property and Contract Management division of Housing SA, helping to develop a new regulatory framework and draft new policies. She has been able to develop her communication, research and analytical skills while collaborating with stakeholders from the department and other government agencies.

Amy has a passion for helping vulnerable people and has had the opportunity to work on diverse subjects like domestic violence and housing safety during her time in Housing SA. The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion was an easy choice, as its values and client centered approach made it clear this was the place for her.

Amy says the graduate program is a great entry point into the public sector. Graduates are surrounded with strong peer support from current and previous graduates as well as supervisors and mentors to help you succeed. The graduate program will introduce you to diverse issues and people, and provide a genuine opportunity to share new ideas.

Lauren – Graduate 2017 ( Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies )

Lauren joined the graduate program in 2017 after completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Adelaide.

She is currently working in Housing SA on policy and practice change projects that impact South Australian communities. She has been challenged to think about government service delivery from a new perspective and is putting her legal and politics education into practice.

Lauren says she enjoys working with impressive leaders and using her critical thinking, problem solving and research skills to positively change our communities. She has found a workplace that values social justice and allows her to use her education to benefit local communities.

Mia – Graduate 2016 ( Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) )

Mia joined the graduate program in 2016 after completing a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Flinders University.

She started working in Housing SA on projects to identify how a new IT system could better support Housing SA clients and tenants. She was able to use a broad range of her skills and develop new ones like project management, policy development and stakeholder engagement. She found the shared values between herself and other staff to improve outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable people incredibly motivating.

Mia tried the graduate program to see what it would be like working in the public sector, and she found it opened many doors for her career. Mia is now working in the Community Services division to increase financial wellbeing and inclusion.

Mia wanted to work to address causes of disadvantage and the graduate program was an important pathway to achieving that goal. She is working with people who inspire her and doing meaningful work that makes a difference.

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