What the department can offer you

Hear what our Grads say!

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Salary and benefits *

* The terms and conditions of graduate employment are set out in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Enterprise Agreement 2011-2014  PDF icon PDF [1 MB]. Please note that this agreement has a nominal expiry date of 30 June 2014. The department will develop a new Enterprise Agreement (EA) in 2014 and until this takes effect, the 2015 graduate salary and conditions are unknown. However, to provide you with an indication of likely conditions, our 2014 graduates were engaged with the following salary and conditions:

  • A Graduate APS 3.03 salary of $60,871
  • assistance in relocating to Canberra for those from interstate
  • generous superannuation provisions
  • flexible working conditions that assist you to balance your work and personal life
  • an average working week of 37 ½ hours
  • four weeks annual leave per year
  • four weeks personal leave per year
  • structured training and development and workplace rotations under the department’s Graduate Development Program
  • ongoing training and development opportunities after the Graduate Development Program year
  • access to the department’s study assistance–Studybank–after the Graduate Development Program year
  • a challenging and structured career path
  • membership and or involvement with the department’s active social club.
  • on successful completion of the department’s Graduate Development Program, advancement to an APS 4 classification level and salary. The department also encourages its graduates to apply for further promotions as appropriate opportunities arise.

There may also be limited positions available in one of our portfolio agencies, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). For these positions, successful candidates would be engaged under the conditions set out in the Australian Fisheries Management Authority Enterprise Agreement 2011–14. Please note that AFMA will also develop a new EA in 2014.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is the research arm of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture. ABARES run the Department of Agriculture ABARES Entry Level Professional Program (ELPP) for graduates, for further information including eligibility and to apply for this program please visit the ABARES Careers webpage.

Support Network

As a graduate you will receive support to assist in your transition to the department and life in Canberra. This includes support from the Graduate Development Program managers, trained supervisors, experienced training facilitators and a network of current and previous graduates. Throughout the year you will have numerous opportunities to give and receive feedback on your individual progress. To assist you with career planning the department has a formal mentoring process in place, where you will be allocated an executive level mentor.

Social Network of Graduates

The Social Network of Graduates is a network made up of graduates from a variety of public and private sector organisations and offers a variety of social activities and events for its members throughout the graduate year.

It is a great way to meet other graduates and provides valuable support to those who have recently moved to Canberra. Should you choose to become a member, the department will cover the cost of your membership fee.