VCID No. 856673
WA Health acknowledges the Aboriginal people of the many traditional lands and language groups of Western Australia. It acknowledges the wisdom of Aboriginal Elders both past and present and pays respect to Aboriginal communities of today.
Are you graduating in 2023 or 2024?
Looking for an exciting job to kick start your career and to build a strong, solid future?
Unlock your career potential by joining our Aboriginal Graduate Program – Our Future Our Way.
WA Health is in search of Aboriginal university graduates from a broad range of degrees, disciplines, skills and backgrounds to join our 900-strong Aboriginal workforce. We need graduates to fill all types of health and non-health related graduate roles, in both metropolitan and regional areas.
Designed and culturally tailored specifically for Aboriginal graduates, the WA Health Aboriginal Graduate Program offers a two-year graduate employment program with an attractive salary and support to transition to permanent employment.
We take great pride to match a graduate’s degree and career aspirations to an assigned placement. We offer graduates diverse work placements across relevant work areas, projects and teams with access to learning and development training. Graduates will have the opportunity to move placements throughout the two years and gain experience in different areas of the health service.
WA Health embraces diversity and is committed to building a strong, skilled and growing Aboriginal workforce. We value and respect the cultural knowledge and unique skills of our Aboriginal workforce. We are dedicated to creating a culturally safe and supportive workplace, free of racism.
Eligibility to Apply: Pursuant of Section 50(d) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, the occupant of this position must be of Aboriginal descent.
“I applied for a WA Health Graduate Program because I wanted to put my knowledge gained throughout my university degree to work and hopefully make a difference to the health outcomes of Aboriginal people in my community. I wanted to broaden my career opportunities within the WA health sector and to be a role model for my family and community. I was able to kick start a rewarding career in health, create strong networks and I was able to be exposed to some really important work that is happening in the health sector.
For those thinking of applying, I say don’t hesitate… you won’t regret it. This program will open up so many doors for you and your future career. You’ll help build a culturally strong health system and you will make your family and community proud.”
Oniké Williams, Aboriginal Graduate Officer 2019
What does the graduate program offer?
- Job and financial security with an attractive two-year fixed term employment contract with WA Health.
- A graduate experience that aligns to your degree and employment interests.
- Access to structured learning and development programs aimed at building your career pathway and increasing your knowledge of the public sector and the WA health system.
- Cultural mentoring and career coaching.
- Opportunities to gain experience and knowledge in a variety of work areas, including through workplace rotations, rurally and in the metropolitan areas.
- Interact and network with fellow graduates who can provide insights, support and friendship.
- A culturally safe and supportive workplace.
- Flexible working and leave arrangementsto balance work, family, and cultural obligations.
- Support to transition to permanent employment on completion of the graduate program.
Who are we looking for?
WA Health is committed to growing its Aboriginal health workforce by employing 2023 or 2024 graduates who are from diverse fields of study including, but not limited to:
- degrees such as law, business and commerce, finance, data and computer science, HR, management, communications, arts, education, economics, humanities, marketing, social science
- health-related degrees in allied health and health science professions, psychology, public health, mental health, biomedical sciences, health promotion, social work and many more
- well-rounded graduates who are innovative thinkers, self-motivated and team players
- good communicators and show a commitment to continuous learning and developing their skills.
How does the Aboriginal Graduate Talent Register work?
This is a Recruitment Pool for Fixed Term - Part Time, and Fixed Term - Full Time appointments for up to two years (24-months) with the possibility of permanency at the conclusion of the program.
- Applicants have until 11 December 2023 to apply for the Graduate Program.
- Suitable applicants will then be placed in a Pool from which appointments will be made to the Aboriginal Graduate Program and/or similar vacancies when they arise over the next 12 months across WA Health. Appointments can be made from this Pool until 11 December 2024.
- You only need to register your interest once, and your application will remain on our Aboriginal Graduate Talent Register until 11 December 2024, after which time, you will need to reapply.
- The register is monitored, and applicants may be contacted if a graduate opportunity or similar vacancy arises suiting your skills, experience, and qualification.
Please be aware there is no guarantee that an offer of employment will be made while an application remains on the register.
Applicants assessed as suitable through the register may be used to fill graduate vacancies in one of the WA Health organisations including:
Am I eligible for the Aboriginal Graduate Program?
To be considered for the graduate program, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- have successfully completed a recent tertiary qualification from a recognised university, with a completion date (not graduation ceremony date) between January 2022 and December 2024. The tertiary qualification must be a minimum of an undergraduate degree.
- be a newly qualified graduate (undergraduate or post-graduate qualification) with no more than 12 months full-time employment experience post-graduation relevant to your qualification by the commencement of the Aboriginal Graduate Program.
What Graduate employee benefits are available?
In addition to a highly attractive salary package for the two-year duration of the program, our graduates enjoy an amazing range of benefits which may include (in line with operational requirements):
- 11% employer contributed superannuation into a fund of your choice. For further information click here
- Professional development & networking opportunities (in addition to the required graduate program learning and development training)
- Flexible leave and working arrangements
- Leave entitlements such as annual leave, personal leave, ceremonial and cultural leave
- Access to salary packaging arrangements (in accordance with relevant industrial instruments)
- Access to a culturally safe Employment Assistance Program and Aboriginal counselling support.
How to Apply
Applicants are required to apply online by the close of applications at 4.00pm, Monday 11 December 2023.
Applicants must have a current, valid email address in order to apply online. This email address will be used for communication with applicants.
Applicants are requested to apply online (www.jobs.health.wa.gov.au). You will be asked to complete an online application form, where you can provide a brief response to Graduate Application Questions, and attach the following documents to the application:
- Current resume/CV - which summarises your experience and includes the name and contact details of a person who can provide either a work or character reference for you.
- Proof of graduation or soon to graduate in an undergraduate/postgraduate degree at a recognised university
- Academic transcript clearly identifying your full name, university and Weighted Average Mark.
These three documents should be completed and ready to attach prior to applying online. Please ensure you allow plenty of time to complete the online application process, containing the Graduate Application Questions, and attach all your documentation to allow for unanticipated problems.
Lodgement is system generated. Any submissions on, or after this time will not be accepted.
- Please ensure you allow sufficient time to complete the online application. Including completing all questions and uploading supporting documentation.
- You will be able to save your application online and continue to update your information by logging into the Job Board - providing the advertisement is still open.
- Emailed applications or applications received after the closing date and time WILL NOT be accepted.
- Referees may also be asked to comment on an applicant's integrity and past demonstration of ethical behaviour. It is preferable for your referee to be a current or former supervisor or lecturer/tutor.
WA Health engages staff in positions of trust and responsibility. WA Health policies require applicants to undertake criminal records screening and integrity checking as part of the appointment process.
Applicants who have access needs requiring adjustments to allow full participation in the recruitment process, or require alternative communication methods, you have an opportunity to share this information within the online application.
If you experience difficulties while applying online, please contact Employee Services on 13 44 77 for immediate assistance during business hours.
If you wish to discuss this graduate opportunity or have any questions on how to apply, contact Kristy Manners at the Department of Health on 6376 0519 or Kristy.Manners@health.wa.gov.au during business hours for further assistance.
APPLICANTS MUST ENSURE THAT THEIR APPLICATION IS RECEIVED IN FULL PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE AND TIME