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Entry-level programs

Entry-level programs remain an important pipeline of talent for the Department. Finance continues to provide entry-level program opportunities, including leading the recruitment for the Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP) generalist stream and the Career Starter Program for participating APS agencies. In 2021, the Department was recognised as a finalist in the GradConnection and Australian Financial Review's Top 100 Generalist Graduate Employers awards for our AGGP recruitment campaign.

The Finance graduate program consists of two work placements over 12 months, on-the-job-training and a structured learning and development program, with advancement to the APS5 classification upon successful completion. In January 2021, 35 graduates completed the 2020 graduate program. In February 2021, 34 graduates began the 2021 program.

Career Starter participants complete a Certificate IV in Government and participate in forums, networking activities and on-the-job learning while working full-time over 12 months. Participants advance to the APS2 classification upon successful completion of the program. In December 2020, 23 participants completed the 2020 program and, in February 2021, 19 participants began the 2021 program.

The Department works collaboratively with other agencies to recruit talented individuals through specialty programs, and participates in whole-of-government entry-level programs, including the Department of Education, Skills and Employment's Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP), the Services Australia Indigenous Apprentice Program (IAP), the Digital Transformation Agency’s Digital Emerging Talent Program, the APS Human Resources Graduate Development Program and the APS Indigenous Recruitment Pathways Program.

In 2020–21, Finance placed one IAP participant, two IAGDP participants and one Science Policy Fellow. The Department also placed three Digital Emerging Talent Program apprentices and two cadets.

We also engaged a small group of interns through the Australian Network on Disability's Summer Intern Program. This program provides on-the-job and career development for university students who identify with a disability over a period of 152 hours or more.