Frequently asked questions

Who can apply?

Anyone who has successfully completed a recent tertiary qualification, with a completion date (not graduation ceremony date) between January 2021 and December 2022. The tertiary qualification must be a minimum of an undergraduate degree, and any degree discipline is acceptable.

I am an international student. Can I still apply?

You must be a Australian Permanent Resident or Australian Citizen by December 2022.

What do you look for in a Graduate?

Previously successful applicants have had a high academic record (achieved a minimum Weighted Average Mark of 65%), good problem solving and research skills, good written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work both autonomously and in a team work environment.

Are you looking for people with specific degrees?

No. We look at your transferable skills and genuine interest in working to improve our WA Health system.

WA Health recruits a mixture of talented graduates from a broad range of non clinical disciplines. Previous graduates’ degrees include Health Science, Science, Arts, Commerce, Communications, Social Work, Psychology, Law and Economics.

How many positions are available?

There will be up to 23 positions available in 2023.

How many people usually apply?

A normally receive 500+ applications across the four streams.

When does the Graduate Program commence?

The program commences every year during the last week of January.

What if I am graduating part way through the Graduate Program?

Applicants must have graduated in 2021 or will be graduating in 2022. Applicants graduating part way through the Graduate Program in 2023 are encouraged to apply for the 2024 program.

What if I graduated before 2021?

Only applicants who have graduated in 2021 or are graduating in 2022 can apply.

When do applications open and close?

Applications open in July/August for all streams.

Will I be required to conduct a Criminal Records Screening?

Yes. Candidates who are offered positions for the 2023 GDP will be required to undergo a Criminal Records Screening (external site). Previous criminal conviction or pending charges will not necessarily preclude employment.

When will you be making offers to the successful applicants?

Offers to successful applicants will occur in early September.

What is the duration of the Graduate program?

The GDP is a 12 month program.

How long has the Graduate Program been running?

The Health GDP has been running since 2004.

What is the starting salary in 2023?

Graduates will be paid a starting salary at a PSA L3 (PDF 1.2MB) or HSU L4 (PDF 2.4MB). For more information, check out the relevant awards and agreements.

What kind of placement rotations can I expect?

Previous graduates have worked in areas including human resources, workforce planning, finance, policy development, indigenous health, health promotion, health reform, mental health, corporate shared services, epidemiology, public affairs, organisational development, social work, performance and reporting, allied health and safety and quality.

For more information about the types of projects you might undertake, have a read of our Graduate Focus 2019 edition (PDF 3MB), Graduate Focus 2020 edition (PDF 7MB) and Graduate Focus 2021 edition (PDF KB).

What happens at the end of the Graduate Program?

If positions are available, graduates may be offered a contract or permanent Level 3 to 4 Public Sector Award (PSA) position or Level 4 to 5 Health Service Union (HSU) Award position pending their successful completion of the program.

Do I need to be vaccinated to apply?

All WA health employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access health care facilities, pursuant to the Health Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions (HWAD) (external site) and the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination and Vaccination Program Policy, unless you are an exempt person pursuant to the HWAD.

Last reviewed: 11-07-2022
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