Archive for March, 2016

DSS Graduate Program

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

The Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Graduate Programme provides you with diverse career opportunities across the Department and gives you the chance to make a difference to the lives of some of the more vulnerable people in our society. The ten-month programme offers graduates training and networking opportunities and a permanent position within the Department with a competitive salary, excellent working conditions and broad opportunities for career development.

DSS also participates in the APS RecruitAbility scheme, which aims to better support the employment of people with disability and develop an Australian Public Sector workforce that is representative of the community it serves. Their participation in the APS RecruitAbility scheme extends to our 2017 Graduate Programme. The scheme enables an applicant with disability to opt into the scheme and, if they meet the minimum requirements for the position, progress to a further stage in the recruitment process.

For more information, visit the DSS website.

Applications close on 3 April, 2016.

Summer Internship with PwC

Thursday, March 31st, 2016


The Stepping Into program offers practical paid work experience for successful students with disability who may face significant obstacles in gaining employment.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is partnering with the Australian Network on Disability to attract successful candidates who want to gain meaningful work experience within a range of disciplines this summer.

PwC are pioneers within their field and are taking a leadership role in providing opportunities to students with disability to access internship opportunities.

The Stepping Into program is a recruitment process and includes application, interview and selection processes. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to complete a paid work experience program with PwC. You will also be required to participate in a student briefing as part of the selection process.

PwC are offering paid internships at their offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and the program will take place in summer 2016/17.  Students studying in all disciplines can apply, but must be in their penultimate or final year of their degree, and show a genuine passion and suitability to work at PwC. PwC’s summer internship program typically runs between December and February.

For more information and to apply now, visit our website.

Opportunity | photo shoot for people with disability

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is currently developing the JobAccess Gateway as a central entry point into disability employment. This new Gateway will build on the existing JobAccess Service and seeks to streamline access to information and provide tailored advice on disability employment.

The DSS is seeking expressions of interest from people with disability who would like to participate in a photo shoot to capture images and videos that illustrate how people with disability bring a range of skills, talents and abilities into the workplace. Your image will only be used through the JobAccess Gateway and its associated resources including the website, fact sheets, posters, flyers and banners.

To register interest:

  1. Complete the participation pack attached below; including the DSS Consent Form and the Participants Details Form. Please ensure to advise of any accessibility requirements you may need.
  2. Once completed please forward the Participation Pack to Sarah Jesudason, Senior Account Manager at Zoo Advertising at

If you have a friend or colleague with disability who may be interested in participating in this opportunity please refer them to Sarah at Zoo Advertising.

If you would like more information about this opportunity, or require assistance to complete the requested information, please contact Sarah on 02 6260 8777.

DSS Consent form

Participant Detail Form

Stepping Into 2016: Applications are Open!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

It is with great anticipation that we invite you to participate in our upcoming winter internship program. Stepping Into™ is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability.

Students benefit significantly through gaining experience of the job application and interview process, developing a network of contacts within a professional organisation, and gaining valuable paid work experience which they can include on their resumes, and having the opportunity to showcase their skills and knowledge.

Internships are for a minimum 152 hours duration (unless otherwise specified). These hours can be completed either full time (four weeks) or part-time (varies) as negotiated with the employer. To view the opportunities please visit our website. The list will be updated regularly throughout April and May so be sure to follow us on Facebook to receive notifications.

Key dates for the Winter program 2016:

March-May 2016: Applications open (check individual closing dates for each position)

May 2016: Shortlisting

June 2016: Interviews

Late June/Early July 2016: Internships commence (in alignment with university break)

For more information visit our website or contact Stephanie Littlewood, Program Manager on 02 8270 9200 or

Smile for Mental Health

Friday, March 11th, 2016

As part of the newly launched Mental Health Champions student leadership initiative, the group have developed their first on-campus event of the year – Smile for Mental Health.

Taking place during Summerfest, on Tuesday 22nd of March from 7:30 to 9pm at the Central 1 Lecture Theatre, Clayton Campus, the event will provide a scorching selection of stand-up comedy with a unique twist from some of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s finest acts.

Our headline performers will be the much loved Sammy J (with his good friend Randy), and Damien Power as MC, with support from award winning comedians Laura Davis, David Rose, Jonathan Schuster and Naomi Higgins, this is an evening spectacle that is simply not to be missed. Curated by Monash University’s Mental Health Champions, the purpose of this event is to have a meaningful conversation about mental health, and have a smile doing so.

Staff and Students are encouraged to purchase tickets here.

Infrastructure 2017 Graduate Development Program

Friday, March 11th, 2016

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has now opened applications for our 2017 Graduate Development Program. From roads to local government funding, airport security to large scale shipping, urban planning to transport logistics, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development really is shaping Australia’s future. You could be involved in:

  • Providing advice on Native Title requests in relation to airports and aerodromes;
  • Supporting the Aviation Access Forum;
  • Facilitating aviation infrastructure upgrade works for select Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community airstrips;
  • Aboriginal community consultations in relation to the proposed Western Sydney Airport at Badgery’s Creek; or
  • Administration of the Jervis Bay Territory and other Australian external territories.

With the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Graduate Program you will:

  • Begin your career as an APS 3 – an entry level above that of interns and trainees;
  • Complete three rotations across the Department that will keep you engaged in a variety of projects;
  • Undertake a graduate certificate in Public Administration;
  • Participate in a graduate interstate industry tour to see the work of the Department in action; and
  • Be involved in the running of the Department’s Social Club, giving you plenty of networking opportunities.

On top of all that, on successful completion of the Graduate Development Program you will advance two levels to become an ongoing APS 5, a more senior classification. With this head-start, you are well on your way to establishing a successful career.

Along the way, you will be supported within the Department’s structured learning environment. We have specific mentoring initiatives to develop the workforce skills of people with disability. Our Infrastructure Disability Engagement Alliance (IDEA) is a supportive network and, if you choose to join it, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the Department’s strategies, policies and programmes in relation to people with disability. The Department is also a Gold Member of the Australian Network on Disability.

We are committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability, and will be participating in the APS RecruitAbility scheme for the Department’s 2017 Graduate Development Program. This means that applicants who identify as having a disability, opt into the RecruitAbility scheme and meet the minimum requirements of the vacancy will be progressed to the next stage in the recruitment process. For more information have a look at the factsheet attached.

If you would like to find out more about the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s Graduate Development Program and application process, visit our website or contact our Entry Level Recruitment Team

(02 6274 6161 or

We also provide regular updates on the recruitment process on our Facebook (, so jump on and like our page.

Disability Support Services photo

Friday, March 11th, 2016

We would like to have a photo of students registered with Disability Support Services (DSS) for the DSS home webpage. It will also be used for stand up banners used at event, on the window in the walkway on Level 1 of the Clayton Campus Centre (between the main building and the western annexe), as well as on other promotional materials.

We want the photo to include actual students at Monash, rather than a stock photo.

The photo will be taken on Clayton Campus, Friday 18 March at 11.30pm.

If you would like to be in the photo, please complete the expression of interest form.

The Making Experience Count eBook

Monday, March 7th, 2016

The Making Experience Count eBook is a collection of 12 personal stories aimed at sharing helpful information and resources for mature age job seekers with disability.

Developed by the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC) National Disability Coordination Officer Programme – the Making Experience Count eBook showcases 12 success stories of mature age workers with disability (aged 45+), who have successfully transitioned from unemployment to employment.

Funded by the Australian Government, the National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program works strategically to assist people with disability access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs.

Available for free from the stories contained provide rich personal experiences about the challenges and obstacles overcome to achieve dreams.

With a comprehensive Resource Index the book also highlights resources and services that may be helpful to people with disability – providing insight and links to further information for those looking to work, study or up-skill.

Inspiring stories featured include artist and MS Ambassador Justine Martin, Gold Medal Paralympian and Order of Australia recipient Carol Cooke, and Director of online learning website The Course Bank, Martin Stow.

Delivering the NDCO Programme for Regions 11 (Inner and Northern Metropolitan Melbourne) and 13 (Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne); IMVC is committed to the social inclusion of all, and is passionate about providing opportunities for the wider community to enhance capabilities in applied learning and education, training and employment.

IMVC provides employment, training and re-engagement programs and case management services for Melbourne’s diverse community: including youth with disability, youth at risk, disengaged youth, refugees and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

For more information visit:

Apply for PACE Mentoring in 2016!

Monday, March 7th, 2016

***Apply online by 31 March 2016***

What is PACE?

PACE is the Australian Network on Disability’s vibrant and dynamic mentoring program offering students with disability the opportunity to develop skills and confidence in a workplace setting, as well as personal and professional development.

During the mentoring program activities may include:

> Reviewing resume and cover letters

> Mock interviews

> Worksite visits

> Networking with other professionals

> Building confidence

Participation is free to students and jobseekers and is generously sponsored by ANZ. The program runs in two three-month streams – April to July, and September to December.

Why become a PACE Mentee?

“I was blessed to have such a great mentor in Jamie,” says Joseph.  “He gave me great career advice. He was fair and realistic in the types of roles I should be applying for, explaining how these roles would put me in a strong position to progress up the career ladder. This allowed me to pin point the roles I needed to target.”

– PACE Mentee, Joseph

Which organisations are involved?

The opportunities vary for each stream so it is best to get in early with your application. Participating organisations include:

–     ANZ

–     IBM

–     NAB

–     Cummins South Pacific

–     QBE

–     Legal Aid

–     Department of Immigration and Border Protection

–     Department of Infrastructure

Take Positive Action towards Career Engagement in 2016.

Apply for PACE now!