Graduate Support Network

​As a graduate you will receive support to help you transition to the department and life in Canberra. This includes support from the Graduate Development Program managers, trained supervisors, experienced training facilitators and a network of current and previous graduates.

Throughout the year you will have numerous opportunities to give and receive feedback on your individual progress.


You will be assigned a Buddy before you start in the program. Your Buddy is a former graduate who has been working with the department for 1–2 years. Your buddy will help you find your way around the department and be your point of contact for any questions you have.

Executive Graduate Mentoring Program

Graduates have the opportunity to participate in the Executive Graduate Mentoring Program towards the end of their program. Graduates are paired with an executive level mentor and provided with training and workshops to assist in building the mentoring relationship. This program is part of the ongoing development of graduates and helps with leadership and career development.

Graduate Alumni Network

The department's Graduate Alumni Network holds meetings and special events throughout the year and is open to all graduates, both past and current. The Alumni Network provides a forum for graduates to stay connected beyond the Graduate Development Program and be able to tap into existing knowledge and expertise to make a valuable network within the department.

Social network of graduates

The social network of graduates is a network made up of graduates from numerous public and private sector organisations and offers a variety of social activities and events for its members throughout the graduate year.

It is a great way to meet other graduates and provides valuable support to those who have recently moved to Canberra. Should you choose to become a member, the department will cover the cost of your membership fee throughout your graduate year.

Diversity and inclusion

The department is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace environment that values the contributions of people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We work hard to cultivate a supportive workplace environment that encourages and engages in diversity. We currently support six diversity networks:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employees Network
  • Carers and Flexible Employees Network
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Network
  • Disability Employees Network
  • LGBTI Pride Network
  • Women’s Integrated Network

Employee Assistance Programs

The department works with an external provider to provide free confidential short term counselling and wellbeing support to all departmental employees and their immediate families.

Additional support is also available to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees through an advisory and support telephone service.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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