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Make an impact at DHS

Make an impact on the South Australian Community

Working for DHS

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is one of South Australia’s most diverse Government departments. Our commitment is to create a society where all people feel valued and have access to quality services. Working for DHS is a hugely rewarding experience, whatever role you choose.

So if you would like to:

  • help people who may be disadvantaged, marginalised and vulnerable;
  • support people to be informed, active participants in decision-making and local solutions;
  • increase opportunities for positive development of children and young people;
  • pursue the full participation of women in the state’s social and economic life;
  • engage with Aboriginal families and communities to connect them with access to meaningful services

and more, then working for DHS could be your next career move.

We value our workforce and offer a wide variety of career prospects, flexibility, work-life balance, as well as promotional opportunities and excellent employment conditions. Here is what you can expect when you work with us:

  • a strong culture and vision driven by our leaders;
  • learning excellence through the Stanton Institute, our own Registered Training Organisation;
  • accredited induction and leadership programs;
  • a flexible and family-friendly work environment;
  • career pathways and opportunities to develop new skills through mobility and secondments;
  • salary sacrifice arrangements and superannuation benefits; and
  • an environment where diversity is valued and individual contributions are recognised.

How do I apply for a vacancy?

All our current vacancies are advertised on our Careers page and I Work for SA, the South Australian Government Jobs Board. If you find a role you are interested in, simply click 'Apply'. Refer to our Job Application Guide for more information about applying.

How do I check the status of my application?

You will receive updates on the status of your application throughout the selection process. If you require additional updates, please contact the enquiries person listed in the vacancy advert.

Does DHS have recruitment pools?

To support us to deliver crucial and complex services, we need to be able to draw on talented, skilled and qualified workers. By using a pool, we can access registered applicants who may be suitable for consideration for roles across the department when we need them. This also means we do not need to re-advertise a vacancy, making the recruitment and selection process more efficient and flexible.

Our current recruitment pools are listed here.

Does DHS support Aboriginal employment?

Yes, DHS welcomes and values the professional expertise, cultural knowledge, and life experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to the workplace. We are committed to increasing the participation of Aboriginal people across all classifications and divisions in the department, with a focus on retention and development in an inclusive workplace respectful of cultural needs as outlined in our Aboriginal Workforce Strategy.

In addition to our vacancies, we offer avenues and initiatives to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait people to gain employment including the Aboriginal Employment Register, our Aboriginal Traineeship Program, University Student Pathways and Aboriginal Workforce Supports.

Aboriginal Traineeship Program

We have partnered with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Tauondi College and HitSa to open some exciting entry level employment opportunities for members of the South Australian Aboriginal community. There are office-based and frontline service roles available, with the opportunity to undertake nationally recognised qualifications during the traineeship.

You must be 17 at time of applying in order to be considered for these opportunities.

Please contact DHSEmploymentPrograms@sa.gov.au to apply

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander University Student Pathways

If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student and are currently studying university level education, we want to hear from you. We can work with you to tailor a university partnership, with office-based and frontline service roles available.

You will have the opportunity to develop and apply your academic knowledge in a live work environment, with mentoring programs specific to your needs.

Please contact DHSEmploymentPrograms@sa.gov.au to apply

Aboriginal Workforce Supports

We pride ourselves on providing a safe and inclusive work environment for all. It is important to us that each member of our team can be empowered to bring their full unique selves to their role. We equally pride ourselves on recognising Aboriginal life experience as a core capability to the roles we have on offer.

We have invested and taken the next step in our reconciliation journey by launching our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan to which we commit ourselves in all areas of our business. Other supports for Aboriginal staff and initiatives include:

  • DHS Aboriginal Leadership Group
  • DHS Nunga Network collective
  • Principal Aboriginal Workforce Consultant
  • Professional development and career pathways
  • Study leave provisions
  • Cultural mentoring supports.

Does DHS accommodate people living with disability?

We recognise people living with disability represent an important pool of talent that can enhance our service delivery capability.

Our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan sets out the actions we are taking to achieve a more inclusive South Australia and our commitment to increasing the representation and career opportunities for people living with disability in DHS. Applicants living with disability who have registered with a Disability Employment Service (DES) provider can apply for all government internal facing vacancies, including our vacancies, even if not currently employed in the public sector. Job Access provides further information on DES providers and the supports they can offer.

How do I apply for a graduate or trainee role at DHS?

Traineeship and graduate opportunities are published on our Careers page and I Work for SA, the South Australian Government Jobs Board.

For more program and eligibility information, visit the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment website.

Does DHS offer student placements?

Placements are offered for students who require this as part of their course work through a university degree, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

For more information, visit the department’s Student Placement website page or complete our Student Placement Enquiry Form.