Graduate Development Program selection process


Eligibility criteria

To apply for the 2019 graduate program you must have:
  • completed your degree in 2017 or plan to complete it during 2018
  • a degree issued by a recognised university or a degree equivalent qualification verified by the Overseas Qualification Unit at the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (external site)
  • Submitted a completed application package and academic transcript.
Applicants graduating part way through the 2018 GDP are encouraged to apply for the 2019 GDP.

View the hints and tips for applying to the Graduate Development Program.

Aboriginal graduates are encouraged to apply

WA Health is committed to growing the Aboriginal workforce as a part of the WA Health Aboriginal Workforce Policy. As a measure to achieve equality, Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (EO Act) (external site) applies to two of the graduate positions.

Finance and Business Stream

The following criteria need to be met:
  • degree issued by a recognised university
  • eligible for the accredited degree pathway for the CA/CPA program
  • completed degree in 2017 or plan to complete during 2018
  • overseas degrees to be verified by Migration WA’s Overseas Qualifications Unit.

General Corporate, ICT and Workforce Data Analysis Streams

The following criteria need to be met:
  • degree issued by a recognised university
  • completed degree in 2017 or plan to complete during 2018
  • overseas degrees to be verified by Migration WA’s Overseas Qualifications Unit.
WA Health recruits a mix of talented graduates from a broad range of non-clinical disciplines

What we look for in an applicant
We are looking for applicants with:
  • A genuine interest in Improving the health of all Western Australians
  • Good academic standing
  • Good problem solving and research skills
  • Good written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work both autonomously and in a team environment.

Previous graduates’ degrees include:
  • health science, science
  • arts, communications
  • commerce/economics
  • social work, psychology, law
  • political science
  • mathematics/statistics
  • accounting, finance, business
  • information technology.
Selection process

Stage 1 – Assessment of academic achievement

The information you provide is verified by your academic transcript. You also have an opportunity to tell us how you achieved good academic standing via the Application form.

Stage 2 – Assessment of written applications

A panel of assessors considers each applicant’s written responses and records the outcomes.

Applicants with the highest aggregated ratings from Stages 1 and 2 are shortlisted and invited to attend a group interview.

Stage 3 – Group assessment process

You must attend the group interviews, as these are a pre-requisite for progressing to Stage 4.

All applicants will be divided into groups and asked to work as a team to complete tasks that assess competency levels against a set of defined selection criteria.

Competencies assessed will include:

  • teamwork
  • communication
  • interpersonal skills
  • conceptual skills.

You will also be required to individually complete an analytical written task.

If you demonstrate satisfactory competence in this assessment process, you will proceed to Stage 4 of the selection process.

Stage 4 – Interviews

The interview will take approximately 30-45 minutes.

You will be given the questions 10 minutes prior to the interview to allow you to prepare responses.

A panel of 3 or 4 people will ask all applicants the same series of questions.

At the end of the interview, applicants have the opportunity to ask questions.

You will need to bring along your original academic records and Identification so they can be sighted.

Read hints and tips for applying to the Graduate Development Program.

Stage 5 – Referee checks

You should notify your nominated referees after the interview process so that the panel can conduct referee checks.

Successful applicants

If you are successful, you will be notified via a letter of offer.

Before you begin work, you will need to supply:

  • criminal record check – candidates who are offered positions will be required to undergo a National Criminal History Record Check (external site). Previous criminal conviction or pending charges will not necessarily preclude employment.
  • proof of identification (100 points)
  • verification of university degrees and records
  • pre-employment health screening.

If you are not successful, you will be notified via mail or email. You will have the opportunity to obtain feedback at the conclusion of the assessment process.

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