Recruiting for the future

The graduate program aims to recruit and retain high quality university graduates who have a breadth of perspectives and expertise for future leadership, policy and specialist careers within the Department of Justice and Regulation (DJR).

Our 12 month development program offers people who have recently graduated from an Australian tertiary institution the opportunity to learn about the department and contribute to a variety of government initiatives.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are promoted to ongoing positions within their ‘home’ unit.

Why work for us 

Our grads do work that makes a real difference to Victorians’ lives. You’ll see the positive impact of your efforts – that’s an everyday experience when you’re writing policies that shape our state’s future, aiding people to rehabilitate as they progress through the community corrections system, or helping the department to thrive as a whole in one of our numerous support roles. If you join DJR, your work will make Victoria a safer and more equitable place to live. 

In addition to working in an inclusive and supportive team environment, our employees also enjoy benefits such as:

How the program works 

The department’s graduate program has three streams. When you apply, you can nominate a specific stream based on your preferred location, study discipline and career pathway.

Graduate streams

Community Corrections

Community corrections involves the management and supervision of offenders in the community. Community correctional graduates are stationed in one of our Justice Service Centres across Victoria and will gain exposure to the operations of community corrections with two or more rotations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Scheme

This program is an exciting and unique initiative that provides employment opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander graduates. For further information on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Scheme
call (03) 8684 1765 or email koori.employment@ (External link)

Apply for the 2018 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Scheme (External link)

- Kyeema Coombs, Department of Justice and Regulation grad

Who we are looking for 

Not only are we looking for candidates with the right mix of skills, experience and qualifications, we also want to find people who are committed to upholding the department's values and behaviours. If you would like to serve the community, act with integrity, respect other people and make it happen, then we want to hear from you.

Our graduates:

  • are resourceful and able to prioritise
  • have excellent communication and rapport-building skills
  • are flexible, resilient and open to change, new ideas or approaches
  • are team-focused, committed, and demonstrate high standards of personal integrity.

Applications open soon

Sign up for updates on the Department of Justice and Regulation's Grad program (External link)

At the Department of Justice and Regulation, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation and cultural background as well as those with a disability. In addition, we have a firm commitment to increase participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce.