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Frequently asked questions - Graduate Program

Are there any special conditions I will need to meet?

Graduate positions are open to Australian citizens, and candidates who are offered positions will be subject to a police check.

What is the pay scale for the Graduate Program?

Successful candidates with Comcare will commence on $65,508 plus 15.4% superannuation.

When does the Graduate Program commence?

Comcare's Graduate Program will commence each year in early February.

How long does the Graduate Program run?

Comcare's Graduate Program runs for 12 months. A Graduation Ceremony will be held at the end of the program.

What level of qualification do I need?

Comcare is seeking graduates with a Bachelor's degree or higher from the following educational backgrounds -  data and information management, health, quantitative fields, law, and policy. Graduates will need to have completed an undergraduate degree with a credit average or higher and have completed their degree within the previous three years.

Where will I be working?

Comcare is located in Canberra with a number of regional offices situated in capital cities across Australia. Comcare's regional offices are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle.

All graduate positions will be based in Canberra.

If I have to relocate, will Comcare provide relocation assistance?

Comcare provides some relocation assistance if employees are asked to relocate.

Will I be a permanent employee?

Graduates are engaged as ongoing permanent employees within the APS.

Will I be subject to a probationary period?

Yes - the probationary period for Graduates is 12 months. Graduates are required to successfully complete the requirements of the Graduate Program.

I've finished the 12 month Graduate Program - What next?

Graduates that wish after the 12 months to apply for a higher APS level are encouraged to do so but will need to apply through an open competitive merit process.

What sort of training will I get?

Comcare is committed to providing a comprehensive training and development program in your first year of employment. The program will include work rotation placements, technical and corporate training as well as on-the-job experiences.

Business areas may also provide you with further learning and development opportunities that are specific to your work area.

Does Comcare support further study by Graduates?

Comcare has a Studies Assistance Program available to Graduates on the completion of the Graduate Program. Comcare's Studies Assistance Program includes generous financial and leave assistance.

Are there other ways of joining Comcare without being a Graduate?

Comcare jobs are advertised on the APS Jobs website and the current vacancies page on the Comcare website.

Comcare also has a Temporary Employment Register that interested people can submit an application for non-ongoing positions.

Why do I have to have a medical assessment?

An Australian Government medical clearance is a standard condition of employment at Comcare. The medical clearance is designed to ensure that you are fit to work to work at Comcare and candidates who are offered positions will be required to undergo a medical assessment.

What type of support will I have as a Graduate at Comcare?

Comcare provides Graduates with a number of support and social networks during the Graduate Program.

Graduates are allocated a buddy (a previous Comcare graduate), and maybe allocated a mentor (at the executive level) and also a dedicated Graduate Coordinator who oversees the program and provides advice and support during the year.

In addition to these support networks, Graduates will have a direct supervisor, which whom they report.

Graduates are also provided with membership to the Social Network of Graduates (SNoG). The network is a collective group of Graduates from all APS agencies and provides Graduates with the chance to meet and network with other graduates during the year and participate in activities such as a Ski Trip, Trivia Competitions and the SNoG Ball

Where do I find out more about Comcare?

Comcare's website is www.comcare.gov.au.

Page last updated: 06 Sep 2017