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Data-driven graduate program to help shape WA’s digital future – Media Statements

Media Statements
Hon Stephen Dawson MLC
Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering
The McGowan Government has launched a new Interagency Data Science Graduate Program, a first for the Western Australian public sector, to put graduates at the forefront of some of the State’s most innovative projects and critical initiatives.
Following the launch of the Digital Strategy 2021-2025 and the focus on using data-driven decisions to benefit the community, the Government recognised the need to create a defined data science career pathway into the public sector.

The Department of Communities, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and the WA Police Force are combining to deliver a data science program that will help to grow the sector’s digital capabilities.  
The program offers graduates a unique opportunity to apply their data skills and knowledge to inform Government policy, services and programs to improve the lives of Western Australians.
The program is structured over 12 months, with graduates completing three four-month rotations between the participating agencies.
This program will harness the diverse skills and backgrounds of graduates to help deliver convenient, smart and secure digital services to the WA community.
The program will be seeking graduates with skills and qualifications in data programming languages, analysis of geospatial data, statistical modelling and data visualisation software.
Successful applicants will commence the program in February 2023.
Applications are now open to join the 2023 Interagency Data Science Graduate Program. For more information, visit Data Science Graduate Officer Applications.

Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson:
"Under our Digital Strategy 2021-2025, the McGowan Government is investing in the growth of the public sector’s digital and data analytics capabilities.
"I am excited to announce the launch of this graduate program as there is so much potential here for graduates from a data science background to help to shape WA’s digital future.
"Data science skills are already providing tremendous benefit to WA, but we need to encourage more to enter the industry, with 3,000 new local jobs expected in the next 10 years.
"The 12-month Interagency Data Science Graduate Program will offer insight into a wide range of exciting opportunities available across the public sector, and provide graduates with the practical skills and professional experience to kickstart their career.
"I encourage all graduates with backgrounds in data science and analytics, who are interested in a rewarding career, to apply for these positions."
Minister’s office - 6552 5800

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