Frequently asked questions

Who can apply?

Anyone with a degree from a recognised university (external site) who graduated in 2020 or is graduating in 2021 can apply.

I am an international student. Can I still apply?

Yes. Whilst preference will be given to Australian citizens or permanent resident but International students are also encouraged to apply.

If you are considered competitive in the application process you may be considered for the recruitment pool – just make sure you have a visa that allows you to work in the country for the duration of your Graduate contract.

What do you look for in a Graduate?

Previously successful applicants have had a high academic record, 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 25 positions available in 2022.

How many people usually apply?

A we normally get 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 2020 or will be graduating in 2021. Applicants graduating part way through the Graduate Program in 2022 are encouraged to apply for the 2023 program.

What if I graduated before 2020?

Only applicants who have graduated in 2020 or are graduating in 2021 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 2022 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 November.

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 2022?

Graduates will be paid a starting salary at a PSA L3 (external site) or HSU L4 (external site). 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) and Graduate Focus 2020 edition (PDF 7MB).

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.

Last reviewed: 18-02-2021