We have a 4 step recruitment process.

We have a four step recruitment process. If you have a disability or special need that requires a reasonable adjustment to fully participate in the application/interview process, please let us know.

Step 1: Apply online

The first stage of the application process is online. Allow yourself around one hour to complete the application process and submit by 11.30pm on the closing date. In addition to providing information about your interests, work experience and general application criteria (e.g. educational experience), you will require a copy of your current resume and academic transcript. You will also complete several capability assessments that are described below.

Situational Judgement Questions: You will also be asked to respond to a series of situational questions that reflect experiences which graduates may encounter in the program. These questions will examine the fit between your preferred working style and the working environment and culture at the Department of Communications and the Arts. You will be asked to select the most effective and appropriate response from a multiple choice list to address each situation.

Artic Shores Assessment—Online Testing: Once you have successfully submitted an eligible application, you will receive an email inviting you to complete an Artic Shores game-based aptitude assessment. These assessments will explore your behavioural preferences as well as cognitive aptitudes such as abstract reasoning. Some elements will be timed and some will be untimed, in total the Arctic Shores assessments should take around an hour.

Step 2: Video submission and targeted question

If you are successful in progressing to the next stage of the process you will be asked to complete the following two online assessments:

Targeted Question: This question is designed to enable you to express evidence for a specific key competency which is critical for success in a graduate role. You will be asked to draw on your experiences to demonstrate your capabilities. Your response should be limited to 400 words maximum. We recommend that you to draft your response in a Word or text document before uploading your final version to our system.

Online Video Question: You will be asked to record an online video response to a question focusing on your motivation for the Department of Communications and the Arts Graduate Program. This is your chance to showcase what you know about us and why you want to work for the department—feel free to get creative. You will have the opportunity to test out how the interview works with some sample questions prior to responding to the actual question.

You will need to submit your targeted questions and video response within 5 days of receiving your invitation.

Step 3: Assessment Centre

Following the video and written question, you may be invited to participate in an assessment centre which will take place in Canberra. The department will arrange your return transport to Canberra to attend the assessment centre which should run for about half a day. Assessment centres involve:

  • a group exercise
  • a written exercise
  • an interview.

Step 4: Offers

Offers will be made to successful candidates. All unsuccessful candidates will be notified and able to receive feedback.

Expected timeframe for assessment and selection

We receive a large number of applications each year and take the time to ensure all applications are properly assessed. We know you put a lot of time and effort into writing your application and so we try to let you know the outcome as early as possible. Below is an indicative timeline for the selection process:

  • Application period — March–April 2019
  • Online testing — April–May 2019
  • Shortlisting — May–June 2019
  • Assessment Centres in Canberra — June 2019
  • Process finalised (offers made) — July 2019