Cadet and Graduate Opportunities


Cadetship Program

Join the DPIPWE Cadetship Program and kick-start your career in Management with one of Tasmania's largest employers.  
  • Are you an Undergraduate studying People Management, or a related discipline at the University of Tasmania?
  • Do you want to be paid while you study?

Then the DPIPWE Cadetship Program might be for you!

As part of the Program you will:

  • Work full-time with DPIPWE and be supported to study your undergraduate degree part-time (2 subjects per Semester)
  • Be paid a full-time salary and receive paid time off to attend lectures, tutorials and exams
  • Have access to excellent employment conditions including competitive salaries, generous leave entitlements and flexible working arrangements
  • Be part of a learning and development program tailored to your needs
  • Build your skills and experience in an interesting and diverse organisation
  • Receive mentoring and guidance to help you along your career path
  • Be part of an organisation that makes a difference to Tasmania and the Tasmanian community
  • Set yourself up for a career in People Management

If you want to work with the best in the industry and help make a difference to Tasmania, then this is the program for you!

About the Program

DPIPWE’s Cadetship Program is a great opportunity to gain professional experience whilst working in a multi-disciplined, diverse organisation.

During the cadetship, you will study part-time for your undergraduate degree and work across the Divisions within DPIPWE. There are a wide selection of placements throughout the Department which all provide exposure to a large variety of disciplines and responsibility areas, and include ongoing training and skills development.

What work will I be doing?

You will undertake a wide range of research and administrative work across the Department to acquire a broad range of skills and knowledge. You will work in diverse areas and be involved in exciting projects. DPIPWE will aim to develop you for a future career in People Management through exposure to our broad responsibility areas and through ongoing training and skills development.

What do we look for?

We are looking for individuals who are enrolled to commence an appropriate undergraduate degree or be a short way through that degree. We have a diverse workforce that engages employees across a number of disciplines, including the sciences, as such, the Program is open to individuals from all fields of study who have an interest in leadership and management. Cadetships require Cadets to work up to full time hours (36.75 hours per week) for a period of up to 6 years. Applicants should have work rights to allow for this.​

What will I be paid?

Cadets are paid as full time employees under the Tasmanian State Service Award and receive paid time off to attend lectures, tutorials and exams over and above normal leave entitlements.

Starting salary is currently $45,791 per annum (as at 1 Dec 2017) for a first year student, but this may be higher depending on how far you are through your degree. You also receive 9.5% employer contributions your superannuation and all the added benefits that come with working for the State Service.


Positions are advertised annually.  Information is provided below on upcoming recruitment dates. 


Applications for the DPIPWE Cadetship Program 2019 are now closed. 

If you would like to express your interest in a future intake, please fill out this form:

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Graduate Program

Graduate positions are offered to applicants who have recently completed a degree in a relevant field of study.

DPIPWE recognises the importance of the fresh perspective and new ideas that graduate recruits provide. Graduates are provided with opportunities to enjoy mentoring, networking and training benefits, demonstrating DPIPWE's strong commitment to graduates professional and personal development.

Please note there is no current general recruitment process, nor structured development program. Graduates are recruited as specific places become available and development opportunities are identified / provided on a case by case basis. These positions are published on the Tasmanian Government Jobs Website.

Graduate positions enable participants to enhance their theoretical studies with a role related to their degree.

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