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Classification: Government,Information Technology
Listed By: DEEWR

DEEWR ICT Internship Program

Job Description

Job Title: ICT Graduate Positions (through the ICT Internship Program)
Job Reference Number: 12/0724
Broadband: DEEWR Training Broadband
Classification: APS Level 1 (Several)
Group: Various Groups
Location: Canberra, ACT & North Ryde, NSW
Closing Date: Sunday 21 October 2012, 23:30 (AEDST)
Status | Job Type: Ongoing/Non-ongoing | Full-Time/Part-Time
Salary Range: $26,164 - $47,680
Identified Position: No
Contact Officer: Anjali Sharma on (02) 6240 8117

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is a professional, innovative and customer-focused Commonwealth department that provides the government with high quality advice, programs and services to provide education and training opportunities for all Australians; to increase employment participation; and to ensure fair and productive workplaces.

The Internship Program has been running since 2006 and is designed to address skill shortages in ICT areas across the department. Interns will be engaged on a non-ongoing basis at the APS1 level for an initial period of three months, with the option to be extended. As an ICT Intern you will gain paid experience in the ICT environment, whilst providing the flexibility to complete your degree.

The department is seeking to employ ICT Graduates for the 2014 DEEWR Graduate Program. It is our intention to fill our graduate positions with the most promising participants in our 2012/2013 ICT Internship Program, commencing from late November 2012.

At the conclusion of the ICT Internship Program the department may make offers of graduate employment to commence in February 2014. Participation in the ICT Internship Program does not guarantee you a position as an ICT graduate.

Interns will receive on the job training and pastoral support from people with valuable experience, and insight into the teams operations. You will get experience through close contact with clients, participation in team meetings, and regular, considered feedback from supervisors.

Applicants will be required to enter into an Individual Performance and Development Plan similar to that currently applied to ICT Graduates employed by the Department.


Technology is embedded in all government operations and without it, the delivery of the government’s productivity, social inclusion and participation agenda by DEEWR would be challenging. Technology has the potential to further enhance and transform DEEWR’s business and service delivery to improve productivity, innovation, responsiveness, meet our people’s expectations for better services, and contribute to the creation of more open Government. Through close alignment with the department’s goals and strategies identified in our Strategic Plan, DEEWR’s ICT can deliver the services, technology and solutions to help achieve our vision of a productive and inclusive Australia. DEEWR delivers a range of systems that underpin the delivery of services and enable our mission, including:

  • the Employment Services System (ESS ) that is also used by the Department of Human Services and Employment Services Providers to support employment outcomes. ESS supports 1500 internal and 43,000 external users 
  • systems to enable implementation of the Government’s workplace relations agenda, including the Employee Entitlements Redundancy Scheme offering entitlements coverage to workers 
  • the MyChild website, offering a comprehensive resource for families to support their childcare choices
  • the Schools Education Management Information System (SEMIS ) that supports 375 internal users and 10,000 external users. The total expected value of programs administered for Schools in 2012-2013 is approximately $7.9 billion dollars
  • systems for Schools Programs including Trade Training Centres, Recurrent Grants, NBN-Enabled Education & Skills Services, National Schools Chaplaincy & Student Welfare Program, More Support for Students with Disabilities, Country Areas Program, English as a Second Language and the Australian Student Prize
  • corporate systems for DEEWR and agencies, including procurement, financial management, HR, websites and collaboration platforms.

These systems processed 6.2 million transactions in 2011/12 totalling in excess of $42 billion. In addition we provide application development and hosting services for the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIIS RTE) processing more than 2 million transactions and making payments in excess of $12 billion on DIISRTE’s behalf. These hosted applications support data collections from and payments to higher education providers, management of critical skills programs and international education.

Qualifications/Special Requirements:

Essential - The ICT Internship Program is open to students studying an ICT qualification with no more than three semesters remaining of their ICT degree. While primarily intended for students, the ICT Internship Program is also open to people already holding ICT qualifications. Examples of relevant ICT qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Information Technology 
  • Bachelor of Business Informatics 
  • Bachelor of Information Technology in Mainframe Computing 
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Network and Software Engineering 
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering, Bachelor of Graphic Design.


Please note, under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be engaged in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing. Applicants are to indicate their citizenship when applying online.

Selection Criteria

Please note: responses to the selection criteria must not exceed 300 words per criterion. For information and tips on applying for DEEWR jobs please visit our website.

  1. Why are you applying for the DEEWR ICT Internship Program?
  2. Outline the specific ICT role you specialise in (e.g. Business Analyst, Tester, Security, Developer etc.), the skills you possess in this specialist area and how you would apply these skills to DEEWR ICT.
  3. Identify an ICT issue (one only) which has been in the media and discuss its potential impact on DEEWR. This can be a negative and/or a positive impact. For example, you may wish to discuss:
    • Web accessibility
    • Web Censorship
    • Cloud Technology
    • Gaming
    • Increase use of social media by Government
    • Or any other recent IT issues.

Further Information

For further information on the ICT Internship Program please speak with the Contact Officer or email

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