Graduate program

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s Graduate program is aimed at providing career opportunities for people from all study disciplines, including science, business, commerce and agriculture.

*Applications for the Graduate program are currently closed due to the announcement of the 2017 public sector reforms (details available on the Public Sector Commission website).

Our Graduate program provides:

  • a two-year full-time work placement in an area relating to the individual's study discipline
  • a permanent role on successful completion of the program
  • a competitive salary with exciting professional development opportunities
  • the ability to contribute to a diverse range of world-leading agricultural initiatives
  • the ability to contribute to the environmental, economic and social future of Western Australia
  • the opportunity to establish strong networks in the agricultural community through exciting collaborative work placements
  • the opportunity to undertake postgraduate studies based on workplace activities that will benefit the individual and our department.

Successful applicants will undertake our department's induction program that will provide critical information about DAFWA, including professional development opportunities, key contacts and networks, employment conditions, relevant essential training and employee support mechanisms.

Successful applicants will be allocated a supervisor who will be a work placement mentor throughout the two-year program. Graduates will develop and learn on the job with the support of clear work plans that set definable goals and deliverables and are regularly reviewed, assessed and updated.

Frequently asked questions

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply for the Graduate program you need to:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be completing, or have completed, an undergraduate degree, that may include honours, from a recognised university within the past 12 months.

What type of academic degrees are you looking for?

Typically our department provides opportunities to graduates with qualifications in science, agriculture and commerce. Dependent on current business needs, our department may appoint graduates with qualifications outside these fields.

What does DAFWA look for in a graduate?

We are seeking students from a number of disciplines to apply for our Graduate program. Graduates will be working in areas that have a diverse range of projects so you’ll need to be able to display skills that align with our oneDAFWA ways of working:

  • We promote our vision
  • We lead by example
  • We innovate to advance industry
  • We work collaboratively
  • We listen, support and value others
  • We build knowledge and networks
  • We communicate success

Throughout the selection process, you will be assessed against a number of desirable attributes that are outlined in the job description form (selection criteria) attached to our positions advertised on the WA Jobs Board.

We are an equal opportunity employer and embrace diversity as we believe the best products and services come from a workplace in which varied viewpoints are welcomed and encouraged. As an equity and diversity employment initiative, our department is actively looking for university graduates up to 25 years of age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and/or people with disability to apply for our Graduate program, which is supported by our Workforce and diversity plan 2016-18.

How many positions are available?

Each intake will have a minimum of five graduates.

When will graduates be expected to commence working?

Successful applicants will receive offers of employment with a commencement date. Generally, graduates will commence in February.

How long does the Graduate program go for and what happens on completion?

Graduates take part in a structured two-year program. For the first year of the Graduate program, all graduates are located in South Perth. For the second year, graduates will be relocated to where their work function is required, with an emphasis on regionalisation.

On successful completion of the Graduate program, you will continue to be employed with DAFWA on a permanent basis.

How many hours per week do graduates work?

Generally, graduate appointments are full time and consist of 7.5 hours per day or 37.5 hours per week to be worked in accordance with the provisions of the Public Service and Government Officers General Agreement.

Are graduates entitled to any leave?

Graduates are entitled to all leave provisions throughout the duration of the program as outlined in the Public Service and Government Officers General Agreement and our departmental policies.

Will there be opportunities for a mentor and professional development?

The first year of the program is to be undertaken at the South Perth office so graduates will have the opportunity to professionally develop as a cohort. During both years of the program you will work with experienced professionals who will mentor you and assist you in your professional development.

Is there a probationary period following my appointment?

Yes, the appointment is subject to our department's six-month probation policy.

What if I graduated more than 12 months ago?

Unfortunately, we only accept applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree (this may include honours) within the past 12 months.

Will I be able to enrol in further post graduate studies?

Our department will discuss this option during the planning of your professional development program.

What are the employment benefits of working at DAFWA?

We offer many employment benefits and career options that compare very well to the private sector. Some of these benefits include:

  • competitive salary
  • flexible working hours
  • personal leave entitlements – paid leave provided for illness, to care for ill family members, or for other reasons of an urgent and pressing nature
  • four weeks' annual leave - 20 days paid annual leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • paid study leave
  • a work environment that supports equal opportunity and diversity
  • a Quality of Life program
  • an Employee Assistance Program
  • an active social club (for a small membership fee) that offers discount entertainment tickets and yearly gym memberships.

How to apply

Enquiries can be made via email to For additional information on the program, or any other matter relating to recruitment at DAFWA, email DAFWA Recruitment.

Contact information

Organisational Development and Training Unit
Page last updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2017 - 8:01am