Governments employ a lot of people. According to 2010/11 figures, the Victorian State Government employed around 40,000 people, and the Australian Government employed around 160,000 people across the country.
With numbers like that, it makes sense to think about looking for jobs in government.
There's a government job to suit just about anybody. Governments employ teachers, police officers, fire fighters, scientists, social workers, IT technicians, accountants, marketing staff, defence force personnel and officeworkers.
Like other jobs, government jobs are advertised online and in newspapers. Some jobs are advertised widely, while other jobs are only listed on specific websites, so it helps to look in as many places as possible.
For more about what it's like to work in government, check out out our Government & Justice career profiles and our Employment Start Up government trainee case studies.
Where to Find Victorian Government Jobs
The Victorian Government Careers website (new window) lists all currently available jobs in the Victorian Government.
School leavers can also start their careers by joining a Traineeship or an Apprenticeship scheme offered by one of the Victorian State Government departments. Check out our Youth Employment Scheme page for more information.
If you are a graduate, you can join the Victorian Government's Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme after completing your tertiary education. Our Graduate Recruitment Programs page has more info and links about graduate opportunities.
Where to Find Australian Government Jobs
At the Federal Government's JobSearch website (new window) has a comprehensive list of sites that advertise jobs and provide job information, including defence forces jobs, apprenticeships and other public service jobs. Australian government jobs are also advertised on the APSjobs (new window) site.
Where to Find Local Government Jobs
Local governments, or councils, are also somewhere to look for government work, so if you are interested in work a little more locally, you should check out the Employment pages of your local council's website (and nearby councils, too). To find your local council, check out the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's Find Your Local Council website (new window).
Careers with the Victorian Government
The official Victorian Government careers website lets you find out more about what it's like to work for the Victorian Government, search for jobs, and create job alerts for the kind of work you're looking for.
JobSearch - jobactive
Comprehensive list of sites that advertise defence forces jobs, apprenticeships and other public service jobs.
List of current vacancies in the Australian Public Service.