Am I eligible?

Traineeships are aimed at people aged between 17 and 30

Encouraged to apply are people:

  • Of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Who have a declared disability
  • Are currently, or have been, under the Minister for Education and Child Development, or
  • Are deemed long term unemployed (greater than 12 months)

Eligibility also includes;

  • Being a South Australian resident
  • Being an Australian Citizen, or having an appropriate work visa
  • A willingness and ability to:
    • Disclose any previous convictions and to undergo a national police check
    • Participate in training and development activities
    • Travel independently to and from the workplace and training sites as required
    • Participate in an interview process
    • Satisfy the assessment requirements to meet the verbal, numeric and or
      abstract reasoning requirements of specific positions as requested
  • Not holding a vocational qualification higher than Certificate III
  • Not having previously undertaken, or partially undertaken a traineeship in the South Australian public sector
  • Not having previously taken a separation package from the South Australian public sector within the specified timeframe of your separation package
  • Not being a current South Australian public sector employee.

Graduate positions are aimed at current, recent or nearly completed university students

Graduates should also include an Academic transcript in their application and must be willing to commence full-time work.

Full eligibility criteria is listed here

Why are the job opportunities going to be spread out?

Notification of job opportunities for trainees and graduates will be given to Maxima as they arise in agencies. Opportunities will depend on agency demand and current staff turnover at the time.

This means, there will be different opportunities available at different times. 

What type of job opportunities are available?

There are a diverse range of job opportunities available within the public sector.

Trainee opportunities may include administrative trainees working in schools or horticulture trainees for example.

Graduate opportunities may include finance, human resources, Park Rangers and accounting for example.

What if I’ve done a non-government traineeship elsewhere?

You may be eligible provided your previous qualification was not higher than a Certificate III.

Full eligibility criteria is listed here

What if I’ve completed a non-government Graduate position?

You should still be eligible as long as you meet the necessary eligibility criteria.

Full eligibility criteria is listed here

What if I’ve left or deferred my university program without completing it?

All appointments will be made on merit. Candidates for graduate positions are required to include an Academic Transcript in their application. Your application will be assessed in the context of your individual circumstance and in comparison to the profiles of other eligible applicants. You need to have completed, or nearly completed (with the intention of completing) your degree to be eligible.

I don’t have any VET or tertiary qualifications. Will I be considered?

Yes. Positions are specifically targeted for people without previous vocational education and training (VET) or tertiary qualifications.

How is a traineeship different from school activities?

Generally you will be required to work between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, with half an hour for lunch. However, slightly different hours may be required, and you will be informed of this by the workplace.

Weekend work is generally not required.

You may have more decision-making autonomy over how you plan your day than you do at school, for example, there are no set lunch times.

As you settle into the workplace you will need to use your initiative and be able to meet deadlines as requested by your supervisor.

You need to conduct yourself professionally, e.g. being neatly dressed, wearing appropriate clothing, keeping information confidential, being punctual, and refraining from swearing, or using sexist, abusive or racist language in the workplace. You will be required to abide by a Code of Ethics for Public Sector Employees, which will be explained in more detail during your training.

You will attend training, usually online or in a group and be responsible for meeting assessment requirements and deadlines.

The transition between school and work can be difficult and there will be assistance available to you to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

How long is the traineeship?

The traineeship is full-time for 12 months from when you commence.

What is a training contract?

Trainees will be required to sign a training contract if they are successful in gaining a traineeship. The training contract is a legally binding contract that allows the employer, and trainee to enter into a registered traineeship. The training contract will be signed by the employer, the trainee (and the parent/guardian where applicable) and training organisation.

How long do the graduate positions run for?

The graduate positions are full-time for 12 months from when you commence.

Graduates will not be required to enter into a contract of training.

What will be the learning opportunities for trainees and graduates?

Trainees and graduates will undertake nationally accredited training;

  • Receive on-the-job training;
  • Benefit from networking with peers;
  • Be assigned to a mentor cluster;
  • Work as part of a team; and

Learn specific vocational and other skills related to the SA public sector.

What will be the learning opportunities for graduates?

Graduates will be assigned to work teams and projects where they will get the opportunity to apply the theory they have learned in their university studies to a real life work situation.

Where possible graduates may be given responsibility for discreet projects, which they will undertake with support from their Supervisor or Line Manager. In other situations graduates will contribute to team based project work including operational and general administrative functions.

Graduates will also be expected to undertake training specific to employment in the public sector. This will be accredited VET training and arranged after you commence.

Do I pay for the ‘off-the-job training’ required for my traineeship or graduate qualification?

No. The Certificate III training is paid for as part of your traineeship while you are employed by a public sector agency.

For graduates, training will be a Certificate IV in Project Management Practice, which will be offered at no cost to you.

If you choose to do additional training, not requested by your agency, then this will be in your own time and at your own cost.

What salary will I earn during my traineeship?

The applicable award for your traineeship is the SA Public Sector Salaried Employees Interim Award.

Weekly salary for trainees as of 1 July 2015 will be based on the highest year of schooling completed. Increases are processed annually around July.

Highest Year Of Schooling Completed

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

School Leaver $309.00 $339.00 $407.00
Plus 1 Year Out Of School $339.00 $407.00 $470.00
Plus 2 Years Out Of School $407.00 $470.00 $549.00
Plus 3 Years Out Of School $470.00 $549.00 $628.00
Plus 4 Years Out Of School $549.00 $628.00 $628.00
Plus 5 Or More Years Out Of School $628.00 $628.00 $628.00

What salary will I earn during my graduate placement?

Most graduates will be appointed under the Public Sector Act 2009 at the ASO2 level, currently $50,815 per annum from 1 October 2016. Acts may vary depending on the agency appointed to. 

Will I have to pay tax on the money I earn during my traineeship?

All employees are required to complete a tax declaration form which may result in automatic deductions being made by payroll services for tax payments.

Where will I be working?

Whether you are employed as a trainee or graduate, you will be employed by a South Australian public sector agency for the full 12 months.

This may be in a metropolitan or country area which will be discussed with you during the interview.

Can I choose where I work?

In your application you may be asked if you have any preferences for specific public sector agency(s), types of work, and/or metropolitan, country or remote locations.

Efforts will be made to match trainees and graduates with preferences, but this may not always be possible.

What are the requirements?

Both traineeship and graduate candidates will be required to complete an on-line application form. It will be assumed that you have completed it honestly. Action may be taken if dishonest statements are provided.

You are required to declare any convictions you have received, which will be confirmed at, or soon after commencement. A conviction is not always a barrier to employment in the SA Public Sector and is evaluated in terms of relevance to the role being undertaken. Often your honesty in declaring any convictions is more important than the offence.

You need to provide proof of your date of birth. This may be in the form of a photocopy of a driver’s licence, birth certificate, and proof of age or passport. All up you will need to provide 100 points of identification (For further details click here) You may be required to bring this to the interview you have with the SA Public Sector agency, but you will be informed of this prior.

You may be required to undertake a medical or functional capacity assessment at any stage during the recruitment process or once employed in an SA Public Sector agency.

What do I need to check?

Make sure you read your application to ensure all information is correct.

Ask someone else to read over your application and identify any errors.

Ensure your contact details, and those of your referees are correct.

Check that you can be contacted via telephone, or the ability for a message to be left for you. Quite often the phone call will be from a private number and an email will also be sent if they cannot reach you.

What happens after I apply?

  1. Your completed online application form will be assessed to ensure eligibility. If your application meets these requirements it will be progressed.
  2. You may be requested to complete an aptitude test. This will give us a better idea of your strengths and enable us to better match you with job roles and/or a suitable public sector agency.
  3. You may not hear how your application is progressing for a number of weeks or more. The timeframe will depend on how many jobs are available and if these jobs are applicable to you or not. Please do not call or email unnecessarily because this will further delay recruitment processes.
  4. Maxima may contact you anytime to request a preliminary interview at their premises. This is a mandatory requirement if you wish to progress your application.

The interview is generally informal, but Maxima will be assessing you for suitability to the role you are interested in, whether or not you may be a good fit for the public sector, and the program. At this time Maxima may also take your photograph which is used to develop an applicant profile. The profile is a summary of you as a suitable applicant, your photograph and a ‘snap shot’ of easy reference information. This is attached to your resume and completed online application answer details. Maxima may also provide you with some interview coaching and tips as well as some suggested changes that you could make to improve your resume.

  1. If your application is progressed, your profile, resume and application answers are provided to the Office for the Public Sector who is co-coordinating the program.  
  2. The Office for the Public Sector will pass these profiles on to the agency with the vacancy.
  3. One or a number of public sector agencies may call you to invite you for an interview at anytime. If you are offered an interview, bring with you your 100 points of identification.
  4. Please ensure you are contactable and answer any calls from a private number.
  5. Ensure you write down all details for your interview: time, date, location, contact name and phone number. If you are unable to attend at the set time of the interview, please be courteous and inform the person who contacted you as there may be an opportunity to reschedule if convenient for the agency.
  6. If you do not attend the set interview time and make no contact with the agency you may not be offered another interview, and therefore, will not be further considered for the program.
  7. After the interview you may not hear an outcome for a number of weeks. It may be that the agency is still making a decision, still interviewing applicants or there have been other unexpected work priorities for example. Do not worry; you will be contacted throughout the process.
  8. Agencies generally will not offer you a contract of employment (that is, a job) until the appropriate screening and clearances have been satisfied.
  9. During this time though, you may be offered other interviews at other public sector agencies and each agency will endeavour to keep you informed throughout the process.
  10. If you are offered a traineeship or graduate position, a start date will be negotiated. At or around commencement you will need to complete a consent form to screen your suitability for any specific traineeship role for example where you may work with children, vulnerable persons, and/or in the Aged Care sector for example. All candidates will undergo a general employment probity check. You will be provided with the application form and this screening will be at no cost to you.

What happens at the end of the 12 month traineeship or graduate placement?

There is no guarantee that you will be offered further employment at the end of the 12 months. Trainees and Graduates who have successfully met set criteria including, successful completion of your Certificate training, satisfactory performance appraisals and upholding the values of the public sector will increase their chance of further employment being offered, but there is no guarantee. How this is decided will be at the discretion of the agency you are employed with and is determined by a number of factors.  

What if I can’t complete the traineeship/graduate placement or attend the training?

You will be required to attend training and submit assessments within the course timeframes.

In circumstances where this may not be possible it is best you speak with your facilitator, supervisor or mentor early so the support you need can be put in place.

Successful completion of the Certificate training is one pre-requisite to enable you to be considered for further employment at the end of your traineeship/placement.

What happens if I don’t meet the expectations?

If you are offered a traineeship or graduate position you are expected to make the most of the opportunity by applying yourself to the learning that is required and seeking assistance (when required) at any stage during the traineeship.

It is best to seek assistance early if you feel you are not meeting job, study or performance expectations.

If your supervisor considers you are not meeting expectations they will discuss this with you and work out strategies with you for addressing it.

If problems persist, assistance will be available.

However, it may also result in the termination of your employment if satisfactory results are not achieved.

You will need to successfully satisfy expectations of your traineeship or graduate placement to be considered for further employment in the public sector. There is no exception to this requirement.

I am keen. What can I do?

Visit www.maxima.com.au/state-government-traineeship-graduate-opportunities for more information.

How can I prepare myself?

Develop your resume. Highlight the skills you have from school, study, employment and sporting or community activities.

Consider whom may be appropriate referees to nominate on your application form. Speak to them about being a referee for you.

You may research the various South Australian public sector agencies by clicking onto their websites to gain more information on the type of work you may be interested in.

Gain tips from friends or relatives on how to present yourself best in an interview.

Gather your 100 points of identification.

Ensure you have a bank account and tax file number.

Utilise online programs to improve your typing speed and accuracy.

Which State Government Agencies are involved in the program?

Who do I contact if I have a question?

If you have a question not covered in these FAQs, you may lodge an inquiry to Maxima via our contact us page.