Within this group, five graduates have identified as having a disability.
The graduates undertake two work placements during their 10 month program, while the two actuarial graduates continue to work for the Office of the Scheme Actuary. Work placements are designed to allow graduates to apply their university qualifications within a professional setting and provide opportunities for them to build upon their understanding of the Scheme.
The graduates attend the Australian Public Service Commission’s (APSC) Graduate Development Program as a part of their formal development, which includes the completion of Agency specific projects aimed at resolving challenges and/or areas of opportunity for the Agency.
Each graduate has been provided with extensive development opportunities, such as the chance to experience ‘A Day in the Life of a Deputy CEO’ by undertaking a day of shadowing with Ian Maynard, Deputy CEO Operations and Carolyn Smith, Deputy CEO Organisational Capability.
The Agency also operates an intern program via The Australian Network on Disability’s Stepping Into program, which places a student/graduate with a disability into the workplace for 152 hours of paid work. The program allows managers and supervisors the opportunity to develop skills in managing people with disability in the workplace, and also becomes a source of pipeline talent for Agency graduate programs.
In 2015-16, ten interns held placements across a broad spectrum of functions such as legal, governance, actuarial and planning support activities. Interns have been located in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
The intern program can be a life-changing experience for the participating interns, with the program proven to close the gap in employment after graduation for students with disability. Teams within the Agency that have hosted an intern through the program have had enormous benefit, with it resulting in future employment for the interns and also graduates successfully placed internally.