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Social Worker Graduate Register

Get a head start to your career with DCP

If you are a graduate (or soon to be) looking for a dynamic, flexible work environment, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss!

We're looking for graduates who are passionate and curious to learn, seeking a challenging and rewarding career in child protection.

This is a unique opportunity to suit a graduate that is a naturally inquisitive future leader and is ready to develop skills in a diverse range of clinical areas across our regions. 

As a graduate in DCP, you will receive excellent supervision and support, while gaining experiences in the following areas:

  • working with vulnerable children and families
  • undertaking risk assessments
  • assisting in case management
  • developing care plans
  • reflecting on practice.

If you are passionate about learning, you will find our professional development activities and peer support will align with your values of lifelong learning.

As a social work graduate you may also have the opportunity to undertake other tasks such as:

  • contributing to programme and guidelines development
  • research
  • student and professional education
  • community liaison

Opportunities exist across all of our regions, but we are always looking for new graduates to start their career in a regional location.

For graduates willing to work in a regional location, we offer country relocation incentives and provide priority for you to return to the metropolitan area.

Learn more!

The DCP Graduate Register is open twice a year for 10 weeks in line with mid-year and end of year university graduations. The register is currently closed. If you are looking to register, we encourage you to establish a Job Alert on the I WORK FOR SA website so you are notified when when the register opens.

The DCP Graduate Register is open to social work and psychology graduates (and students near qualification completion) that are transitioning from university into their new career. The Graduate Register is specifically designed to support recent graduates find employment with DCP.

Check your eligibility to apply and read more about the program.


Department for Child Protection Recruitment

Telephone: (08) 8204 2496 or (08) 8204 2485
Email: DCPRecruitment [at] sa.gov.au