STEM graduates can kick start their ICT career with DHS

University graduates with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) qualifications looking to make their mark in the IT industry, are encouraged to apply for Department of Human Services 2017 ICT recruitment round.

The department’s in-house ICT operation is one of the largest in the southern hemisphere, supporting the vast systems required to deliver over $172 billion in payments annually across Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support.

Department of Human Services Chief Information Security Officer Narelle Devine said the large scale of the department’s ICT operations make it a unique place to work in the industry.

“What sets us apart is that our work touches the lives of nearly all Australians at some point, and we have the opportunity to make a real difference for people,” Ms Devine said.

“The 2017 STEM scheme offers graduates countless pathways to kick-start their career including ICT architecture, business analysis, design, system engineering, development, testing, and data analysis.

“Graduates will gain valuable, hands-on exposure of the department’s operations and successful participants will be offered permanent employment at the end of their six-month training.”

After 23 years of distinguished service with the Australian Defence Force, and with two masters’ degrees in systems engineering and science under her belt, Ms Devine encourages graduates to look at the many directions their STEM qualifications can take them in their career.

“In my role, I’m responsible for protecting the systems that deliver over $500 million in payments every day and ensuring the security and integrity of some of the most sensitive personal and financial information in our community,” Ms Devine said.

“Cyber security, and IT more generally, is often perceived as being a male-dominated industry, but the department’s modern workplace culture provides great opportunities for anyone who is passionate about technology.

“The massive scale of our IT systems, exposure to diverse technologies and access to world class training and development make DHS an excellent starting point for a rewarding ICT career.

“I strongly encourage STEM graduates, particularly young women, to consider applying for the department’s 2017 STEM ICT Professional recruitment round.”

There are currently 125 positions available in the department’s ICT hubs located in Canberra, Adelaide, and Brisbane. Applications close on 18 April 2017. Further information can be found at

humanservices.gov.au/stem