Applications open for exciting ICT careers


People who want to help shape and protect the services delivered to millions of Australians are encouraged to apply for the Department of Human Services STEM recruitment round, which opens today.

The scheme was developed to attract and retain high calibre Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) university graduates interested in an ICT career with the department.

Eighty jobs are available across the department’s ICT hubs in Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra, presenting a fantastic opportunity to work with the largest and most diverse ICT workforce within the Federal Government.

The department’s Chief Information Security Officer, Narelle Devine, said the growth and ongoing success of the department’s range of ICT operations is dependent on the contribution from great STEM minds, and also on diversity.

“Inspiring young Australians, and particularly young women, to pursue STEM subjects is a challenge,” Ms Devine said.

“I am passionate about encouraging more young women to take up careers in ICT.”

After 23 years of distinguished service with the Australian Defence Force, Ms Devine now manages the department’s purpose-built, 24/7 Cyber Security Centre, a working environment like no other. 

In Ms Devine’s cyber security branch, the male to female ratio has changed from 75/25 to nearly 50/50 in just 12 months.

“An outstanding example of a successful woman in ICT is Lorraine Hollis,” Ms Devine said.

“Lorraine’s desire for a career within the ICT profession in the social services sector has led to her now being responsible for delivering key whole of government capabilities.

“These include myGov, which gives people access to a range of Government services, and Provider Digital Access, which is the online authentication systems used to securely access government online services.

“By the end of their program, successful applicants could be working alongside Lorraine and myself to deliver innovative services and cyber security defence to the Australian public.”

Applications for the program close Tuesday 15 May 2018. To learn more and to apply, visit the department’s website.