Graduate Development Program selection process


Eligibility criteria

WA Health is committed to building a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusion. We are actively looking for recent university graduates from any of the following diversity groups to be a part of our 2023 intake:

  • People who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • People with disability
  • People 24 years and under

As a measure to achieve equality, Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 applies. Aboriginal graduates are encouraged to apply.

To increase opportunities for graduates with a disability, Section 66 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 will apply.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Successful completion of 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.
  • Achievement of a minimum Weighted Average Mark of 65% and above for the tertiary qualification. Section 51 will be applied to this criterion for Aboriginal applicants. Section 66 will be applied to this criterion for applicants with disability.
  • Be a newly qualified graduate (undergraduate or post-graduate qualification) with no more than 12 months full-time employment experience post-graduation relevant to your qualification by the commencement of the Graduate Development Program.
  • You must be a Australian Permanent Resident or Australian Citizen by the end of the calendar year in which you apply, e.g. become an Australian Citizen by December 2022.

Applicants graduating mid-year 2023 are encouraged to apply for the 2024 program.

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 and Assessment of written applications

The information you provide is verified by your academic transcript. You also have an opportunity to tell us how you achieved a weighted average mark of 65% via the Application form.

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

Applicants with the highest aggregated ratings from Stage 1 are shortlisted and invited to attend an online Group Assessment Process on 22 August.

Stage 2 – Group Assessment Process

You must attend the Group Assessment Process, as this is a pre-requisite for progressing to Stage 3.

You will be required to individually complete an analytical written task in an online setting.

If you demonstrate satisfactory competence in this assessment process, you will proceed to Stage 3 of the selection process.

Stage 3 – Interviews

The interview will be scheduled on either 24 or 25 August and take approximately 30-45 minutes.

You will be emailed 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.

Stage 4 – Referee checks

You should notify your nominated referees once you have received confirmation of your attendance at the Group Assessment Centre 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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