Looking for graduate jobs with the Australian Government?  Most of the department graduate program intakes are now closed for the 2018 year, so you may have missed the boat for the current round.  Did you know that there is a sizeable list of programs you can apply for linked to a great diversity program?

Australian public sector graduate programs are linked with their RecruitAbility program. For graduates with disability it’s important to familiarise yourself with the Australian Public Service Commission’s RecruitAbility program and guidelines and put it to work for you.

RecruitAbility is an accessible route to employment of people with disability in the Australian Public Service (APS).  The premise works on a minimum requirements guarantee – that if you meet the requirements of the role, and select ‘RecruitAbility’ on your way in, you will progress to the next round.  The APS is quite specific about what this means on their website – which we will link to below.

For university graduates with disability this means applying with confidence. You will know that the hiring manager will be aware that you have selected RecruitAbility and why.  Many graduates with disability will have fresh apprehension approaching the workplace – what will the work place look like for me?  Should I disclose my disability?  If I do will they assess me at my merit?

We commend the RecruitAbility approach for the forward pressure it places on hiring managers to break down any misconceptions about who is a person with disability and what graduates with disability can achieve.  Part of the challenge and stagnation in disability employment worldwide is about the interaction between rhetoric and application – many programs discuss diversity, discuss the benefits of hiring people with disability, but when it comes to a hiring manager sifting resumes, implementation is debatable.  Far from a quota system, this allows some organic learning for the hiring manager as they recruit across a broad and diverse range of people.

This might also be a good opportunity to highlight ‘what is a disability’ as a discussion for students, particularly in line with RecruitAbility.  The below description is a direct quote from the APSC RecruitAbility website – and may be of some surprise to students, or not.

“Persons are considered to have a disability if they have a current limitation, restriction or impairment, which has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months and restricts everyday activities and episodic conditions if they are like to recur. This includes:

  • Loss of sight (not corrected by glass or contact lenses)
  • Loss of hearing where communication is restricted, or, an aid to assist with or substitute for hearing is used
  • Speech difficulties
  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties causing restriction
  • Chronic or recurrent pain or discomfort causing restriction
  • Blackout, fits, or loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty learning or understanding
  • Incomplete use of arms or fingers
  • Difficulty gripping or holding things
  • Incomplete use of feet or legs
  • Nervous or emotional condition causing restriction
  • Restriction in physical activities or in doing physical work
  • Disfigurement or deformity
  • Mental illness or condition requiring help or supervision
  • Long-term effects of head injury, stroke or other brain damage causing restriction
  • Receiving treatment or medication for any other long-term conditions or ailments and still restricted
  • Any other long-term conditions resulting in a restriction.” Link >

If you haven’t already assessed working in the public sector as an option, you can explore the various departments, their graduate programs & RecruitAbility via the links below.

If you’re wondering what types of modifications could be available in your workplace for your disability and aren’t sure where to start, read What is JobAccess and how does it work? A guide for upcoming graduates with a disability.

If you’re in Queensland and wanting to know what’s available in QLD’s graduate portal, read about our visit to the APSC to advocate for students with disability: QLD Employment students with disability.

If you’re a mid year or end of 2018 graduate – keep an eagle eye on this list of departments, and there is also a link to the University Specialist Employment Partnerships’ student information page.

Link: National Graduate Programs list – Australian Government

Link: RecruitAbility Program Guide – Australian Government

Link: Graduate employment support for students with disability