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Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

Graduate employment

Applications for the 2018 Graduate Program will open in August 2017.

2018 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.

Key Dates for the 2018 Graduate Program Selection Process

Career Events

If you would like to find out more information you can have a chat with us at the following career fairs…

University of South Australia – Careers Expo 2017

  • Tuesday 14 March 11:00am-2:00pm, Adelaide Convention Centre

University of Adelaide – Careers Expo 2017

  • Wednesday 15 March  11:30am-3:00pm, Bonython Hall – North Terrace Campus
  • Thursday 16 March 11:30am-3:00pm, Bonython Hall – North Terrace Campus

Flinders University – Careers Expo 2017

  • Thursday 16 March 5:00pm-7:00pm, Student Hub – Flinders University

Who are we looking for?

Many graduate roles at DCSI 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.

Please refer to the Graduate Officer Factsheet (PDF 59.9 KB) for more information.

We offer general Graduate Officer roles to individuals graduating from the following disciplines:

  • Arts / Research / Social Policy / Legal Studies
  • Business / Human Resources
  • Commerce / Accounting / Finance
  • Economics
  • Marketing / Communications
  • Data and Statistics
  • Information Technology
  • Building / Architecture
  • Planning / Property Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Criminology / Justice Studies
  • Social Sciences / Health Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Aboriginal Studies

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 DCSI Graduate Program involve?

Being one of the most diverse State Government Departments, DCSI 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 accredited training through the Stanton Institute. Human Resources will also provide a number of 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 $50,815 plus superannuation but may vary depending on your chosen career stream.

For more information about the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion please refer to the DCSI 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?

Applications for the Graduate Program generally open in August for the following year's intake. When applications are open, an "Apply Now" button will appear on this page which will direct you to the application. You will also be able to locate it on Jobs SA.

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, please refer to the Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions   (PDF 295.2 KB) or email


"The DCSI Graduate Program provides an excellent transition from tertiary studies to the workplace. Graduates are supported to develop their skills and knowledge by all areas of the Department, including through leadership. Graduates will also be able to make a positive impact on the community."

Catherine, 2015 Graduate at DCSI, Bachelor Arts/ Bachelor of Media

"Gave me the real-life experience of working in a professional environment."

Ayesha, 2015 DCSI Graduate, Master of Applied Project Management

"Overall, I'm very happy with the experience and the support that I have received in my Graduate year. It does set me up to achieve my goal. I can say that this is one of the most remarkable years in my career. It is a learning curve for me, bridging my theoretical knowledge with the practical activities. I strongly recommend any graduates to apply for this program!"

Linh, 2015 Graduate at DCSI, Doctor of Information Technology (Business Information Systems)

"The graduate program has been a great experience where I have learnt a vast array of skills, gained a better understanding of how Housing SA and the Government of SA functions and have met people who were constantly willing to assist me in developing my knowledge in those areas. I would and have highly recommended others to apply for the graduate program in future."

Adam, 2015 Graduate at DCSI, Graduate Diploma in Communication (Public Relations)

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