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Department of Transport | Victoria

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On 1 July 2019, VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria came together with the Department of Transport to create a properly integrated transport department – in step with other global cities.

The new Department of Transport gives us a singular, integrated focus on tackling the big issues. The integrated Department of Transport plans and operates transport in a way that matches the people and products that travel on it – focusing on the destination, rather than which mode we use.

Our integrated approach ensures we are able to:

  • respond much faster – and give people the information they need – to make the best travel choices, especially around major network disruptions
  • make better use of existing road and rail, shifting more journeys onto rail and prioritising public transport on roads
  • respond much quicker to innovation and new transport technologies
  • take a holistic view in planning for the future, to meet demand for more than 23 million journeys a day and a tripling of freight by 2050
  • partner with others to address a range of issues, from safety to reducing environmental impacts.

The new Department’s structure reflects the importance of working with the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority. Working together allows us to meet the transport needs of Australia’s fastest-growing state and economy, while managing a record $70-billion investment in infrastructure.

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Life at Dept. of Transport

Create your future

With Victoria undertaking the biggest infrastructure investment in history- the Department of Transport is an exciting place to work. There are opportunities ranging in disciplines such as Business, Client Services, Legal, Engineering, Data Analytics, Accounting and Finance to name a few.

By working for DoT (and therefore the state government),  you’re directly contributing to how community uses transport. Many employees comment on this satisfaction in being able to contribute to the department’s mission of delivering ‘Simple Connected Journeys’.

Entry Methods

There are various pathways you can apply in order to work for DoT:

  • There is a Youth Employment Program for which young people can undertake a traineeship in which they work for 12 months in an administrative capacity, while studying towards a certificate level qualification. More information on how to apply for a YES traineeship, can be found by Jobs Victoria- who run the program.
  • If university studies is the pathway for you- then we have a few more opportunities for you to work at DoT.

The Vacation Student program is a pipeline program for early career professionals where university students are hired to complete approximately 12 weeks of relevant work experience. (Majority of these roles include but are not limited to engineering). 

  • Another pathway to establish your career in DoT is to participate in the Graduate Programs. Hear from our Grads themselves on their experience below

Do not fit the above? You can still apply for a range of DoT roles through the Victorian Government Careers website (which is open to anyone).

Feel included

As outlined in our Inclusion & Diversity Strategy 2019-2023, the Department of Transport is committed to advancing an inclusive workplace culture where our people are safe, diverse, engaged, valued and high performing. This will enable us to deliver an integrated transport system that contributes to an inclusive, prosperous and environmentally responsible state. DoT currently prioritises the additional challenges faced by five groups traditionally marginalised in the workplace. These are:

  • Women
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer + (LGBTIQ+) people
  • People with disability
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people

DoT also invests in you through our Leadership Development Program, with flexible and engaging learning opportunities to suit your management level.

More information

Visit our website: https://transport.vic.gov.au/about/careers

Employment Pathways

The Department of Transport offers employment pathways to create employment opportunities and develop a talent pipeline for the department.

 Employment programs on offer include:

  • Victorian Government Graduate program
  • Youth Employment Scheme (YES) Trainee Program
  • DoT Vacation Student program

Please feel free to contact the employment programs team at employmentprograms@transport.vic.gov.au

Victorian Government Graduate Program

This is a 12-month, whole of Victorian Government development program administered by the Victorian Public Service Commission. Graduates will undertake three rotating placements of four months each and will be eligible for an ongoing position or promotion upon successful completion.

To find out more go to the Graduate website.

Youth Employment Scheme (YES) Trainee Program

This program offers young Victorians aged 15 to 24 opportunities to undertake a traineeship in the Victorian Government. Through a mixture of structured training, provided by a group training organisation and on the job training, trainees will successfully complete certificate level qualifications.

To find out more go to the Jobs Victoria website.

DoT Vacation Student program

The department’s Vacation Employment Program is a fantastic opportunity for students studying at an Australian university to experience what is like to work in an organisation that delivers a wide range of projects and programs while gaining on-the-job learning and training opportunities. Our Vacation program takes place during your summer university break and commencement dates can be modified to meet individual needs. We try to give preference to students who are currently in their penultimate year of study but welcome applications from second year onwards (depending on the length of their course).

We are accepting applications from university students currently completing a bachelor degree in the following disciplines:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Engineering ◦Civil
  • Electrical and Electronic
  • Mechatronics
  • Geomatic
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Science
  • Commerce/Business
  • Information Management and Technology

Please register your interest by emailing employmentprograms@transport.vic.gov.au and the team will be in contact with further information closer to when applications open.

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