The Department of Human
Services (DHS) is offering university graduates with STEM skills places on a six
month IT career development scheme.
Successful applicants will join the department’s Chief Information
Officer Group at hubs in
Canberra, Adelaide, and Brisbane.
The scheme – which ran for the first time last year – will require
participants to use “analytical and creative thinking, and initiative to tackle
the challenges of fast-changing technology in an agile ICT environment”, the
DHS chief information security
officer Narelle Devine said the organisation’s ICT operation – which she claimed
to be one of the largest in the southern hemisphere – was a unique place for
grads to start their career in IT.
“What sets us apart is that our work
touches the lives of nearly all Australians at some point, and we have the
opportunity to make a real difference for people. The massive scale of our IT
systems, exposure to diverse technologies and access to world class training
and development make DHS an excellent starting point for a rewarding ICT
career,” Devine said.
As part of the scheme – which closes for application on April 18 –
graduates will participate in innovation design workshops and work at the APS5
level. Training specific to their chosen career pathway will be provided, which
may include internationally recognised certifications in SAP, HANA, JAVA and
The starting salary for those employed after
the scheme will be $69,699.
“The 2017 STEM scheme offers
graduates countless pathways to kick-start their career including ICT
architecture, business analysis, design, system engineering, development,
testing, and data analysis,” Devine said. “Graduates will gain valuable, hands-on
exposure of the department’s operations and successful participants will be
offered permanent employment at the end of their six-month training.”
The department was particularly keen on receiving applications from
“Cyber security, and IT more
generally, is often perceived as being a male-dominated industry, but the
department’s modern workplace culture provides great opportunities for anyone
who is passionate about technology,” Devine added.
DHS’s ICT function supports the systems
that deliver more than $172 billion in payments annually across Centrelink,
Medicare and Child Support.
There are currently 125
positions to be filled on the scheme.
Overhaul and rural reach
this month, the department announced it had chosen Accenture to be the lead systems integrator for the first part of a program to
overhaul Centrelink’s payment system. The Welfare Payment Infrastructure
Transformation (WPIT) Program will be one of the largest welfare ICT
transformations in the world, the department said at the time.
The department’s recent
Windows 10 implementation was the largest deployment in the
Asia-Pacific region to date. Speaking in Sydney last month, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said there was “no better
example” of how technology can be used to improve lives.
year DHS trialled a video interview app known internally as Express Plus
Connect, which allows employees to set up video calls, schedule appointments,
exchange documents and generate reports with clients via any connected PC. The
innovation is expected to prove especially beneficial to operations in rural
areas, the department said.