Office for the Public Sector



University graduates bring fresh ideas, new knowledge and enthusiasm to the SA Public Sector.

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment (OCPSE) Graduate Program sees recent graduates of all ages transition into the workforce while undertaking a job-relevant vocational qualification. While this qualification was previously limited to a Certificate IV in Project Management, the scope of eligible courses has widened to include a Certificate III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma in a range of fields determined by the employing agency.

Graduates may also be part of the Skilling South Australia Government Apprentice and Traineeship Signature Project.

Graduate Eligibility

The graduate program is for participants who have attained a university qualification within the last three years or will attain one before their employment commences.

Graduates will be eligible to participate in the Signature Project if they register a Contract Of Training as part of their Graduate program.

An eligible graduate candidate for the Signature Project will:

  • Be a South Australian resident
  • Be an Australian Citizen, or have an appropriate work visa
  • Have completed a qualification as per the requirement of the agency graduate program which will specify the relevant discipline and whether post graduate qualifications are considered
  • Not currently a South Australian Public Sector employee
  • If previously a South Australian Public Sector employee who accepted a Targeted Voluntary Separation Package (TVSP), will not be eligible to be re-employed in the South Australian Public Sector.
    • for a period coinciding with the number of weeks of the payment to them as part of the TVSP unless the individual repays to the Crown a sum equivalent to the remuneration paid to them upon the termination of their employment by resignation.

An eligible candidate must:

  • Be willing to complete a pre-employment declaration
  • Be willing to undertake a National Police Check or other appropriate background screening where required by an agency
  • Participate in assessment of verbal, numeric and abstract ability if required to demonstrate suitability for job pre-requisites
  • Undertake vocational qualification training requirements of the Signature Project
  • Undertake training and professional development activities scheduled as per the contract of training and training plan
  • Meet all other employment and participation conditions of the Signature Project including travelling independently to and from the workplace, training sites and other sites as determined
  • Uphold the Public Sector Values and adhere to the Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector.

Graduate Qualifications

A full list of available qualifications can be found on the Traineeship and Apprenticeship Pathways (TAP) Schedule found here. This list includes available qualifications under a Contract Of Training, nominal duration of the contract and length of the probation period. Eligible qualifications include Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma.

FAQs for Graduates

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Your first point of contact is your supervisor. If there are issues relating to your work site that cannot be resolved by talking to your supervisor, please contact the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment. If you don’t feel you can discuss your issue with any of the above listed people you can contact utilise the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which will be listed on your agency’s intranet.

What is the difference between my mentor and my supervisor?

Mentors are experienced employees from across South Australian Government who provide you with guidance and support. This may include assistance to develop your skills in the workplace, develop your understanding of government and set and achieve professional and career goals. Your mentor is an added support person you have access to during your 12 months program.

Supervisors hold a different position. Supervisors delegate, monitor and support your development in the workplace. It is important to establish an open and trusting relationship with your supervisor, so you can develop your skills and address any challenges as they arise.

Why do I have to study?

You are undertaking study that has been designed to complement your workplace learning and support you to work in the public sector. Combining study and on the job experience is crucial to skill building and your development.

What is a Contract Of Training?

A Contract Of Training (COT) is the legal document that oversees your traineeship. A COT is an agreement signed by yourself, your employer and the training provider. An Apprenticeship Network Provider that will meet with you and your supervisor to sign your contract of training.

Who pays for the travel costs for me to attend training?

All employees are responsible for their own travel costs to and from training, within the metropolitan area. If a trainee is required to travel from a regional centre to attend training, the trainee’s agency is responsible for providing transport and accommodation if required.

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