University cadetships for students with disability

The Public Sector Commission is committed to achieving greater representation of people with disability in the WA public sector. The Commission’s See my abilities: An employment strategy for people with disability (See my abilities) will focus on a number of initiatives to advance and retain the careers in the public sector of people with disability.

The Public Sector Commission has an inclusive approach to diversity in the workplace. We believe that workplaces representative of the wider community, where varied viewpoints are welcomed and encouraged, achieve the best outcomes. Funded university cadetships for students with disability is part of our commitment to achieving greater representation of people with a disability in the Western Australian public sector.

The Commission is offering five cadetship opportunities for students with disability who are completing their final year of an undergraduate degree, and gives students valuable work experience that is necessary for a successful career in the public sector.

In this program high-calibre students are matched with public sector agencies who provide them with a 60-day paid work placement that complements their degree.

Completed over a 12 month period, the cadetship incorporates flexible working arrangements and mentoring support to assist students in balancing both their studies and work placement. The Commission is committed to reasonable adjustments upon request.


Joining the public sector as a cadet will enable students to:

  • gain valuable hands on work experience
  • expand their professional goals and work on challenging projects while on work placement
  • build personal and professional networks while enhancing their understanding of government processes
  • consider pathways to public sector employment, including graduate programs.

Agencies provide cadets with a detailed outline of their organisation’s project that includes the scope, intended timeframe and outcomes. Cadets are provided with a workstation, telephone, computer with relevant software and all required project resources.

Projects undertaken during placements may include, but are not limited to research and data collection and analysis, strategic development, website and graphic design, and/or reviews of existing policies or practices.

Salary and conditions

The work placement attracts a salary at PSGOGA Level 1 (between $127.05 - $177.69 gross per day depending on age).


To be eligible for this program students must: 

  • have a disability *
  • be an Australian resident
  • be enrolled as a full-time or part-time as a student in their final year of studies in 2017.

* Disability is considered a continuing condition that restricts everyday activities and includes sensory and physical impairment, learning disabilities, mental health and behavioural conditions.

How to apply for the cadetship

Students are asked to submit the following documentation.

A one-page letter describing:

  • their career aspirations
  • what motivates them to work in the public sector
  • what broad skills and abilities they can bring to a professional setting.

In addition, students are required to submit the following documentation to support their application:

  • a completed expression of interest form
  • a copy of a current resume
  • confirmation of enrolment
  • their most recent academic transcript 

All personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with the Privacy Act 1988. The Commission is committed to making reasonable adjustments for equal opportunity in employment. Students requiring support, access or work modification requirements, should advise the Commission so that assistance can be provided.

Submissions are to be made via email (preferred) to:

Or by post to:  

Program manager

University Cadetships

Public Sector Renewal

Public Sector Commission

Locked Bag 3002


More information

For further information about the program please contact Dwayne Hayden on 6552 8805 or email

Page last updated 14 December 2016