First established in 1998, the Graduate Recruit Alumni Society (GRAS) works to support a stronger social and professional development network within the graduate and graduate alumni community. GRAS currently has over 500 members who have entered the Victorian Public Service (VPS) through graduate programs, including the Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme.
GRAS brings members regular news and events. This includes social events like weekly Friday night drinks, sports teams, an annual ball and special trivia nights and snow trips, as well as professional development news and seminars.
GRAS is a not-for-profit organisation that has no political affiliation and does not directly form part of the VPS.
GRAS membership provides free or discounted lifetime access to GRAS events, and ensures you remain updated with graduate and alumni news and events.
Our recent events
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
In 2017, GRAS held a seminar on Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace, discussing topics such as maintaining work/life balance, bringing authenticity to the workplace and the challenges of the graduate year and beyond. GRAS will hold a second seminar on Mental Health in October 2018.
BEYOND THE GRADUATE PROGRAM
In February 2018, GRAS held a beyond the graduate program seminar for the outgoing 2017 cohort with presentations from alumni discussing the opportunities and challenges that come after the graduate year.
In addition to the social networking events, and a monthly coffee roulette, GRAS hold a recurring professionals networking evening.
GRAS organises regular seminars on career progression, upskilling, and topics relevant to the public servant of the day, including an Election Ahead seminar in May 2018. At these seminars, we hear from professionals across the Victorian public sector, including alumni.
DIVERSITY AND DISCLOSURE IN THE VPS
In 2018, GRAS collaborated with the VPS PRIDE Network and the VPS Enablers Network to hold a seminar on disclosure in Victorian public sector jobs and discussed the issues and challenges surrounding disclosure for employees, employers and coworkers.
GRAS brings you opportunities for mentoring by promoting programs from organisations such as Study Melbourne's LIVE mentoring and RMIT. For information on the latest opportunities, please tune into our weekly bulletin or contact us.
FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS AND MONTHLY MEET UPS
END OF ROTATION DRINKS
In 2016, GRAS worked with its members to develop a vision for what GRAS should look like in the next five years.
This involved asking how GRAS can provide the most value to its membership which includes current graduates, early public servants and graduate alumni. Our Strategic Plan 2017-2021 discusses the themes that emerged as a result of the consultation process, our goals and our plans for achieving them.
Click the button below to download our Strategic Plan 2017-2021.
GRAS is an not-for-profit, incorporated association governed by our Charter.
The Charter aims to:
provide guidance to members of the GRAS Committee on how GRAS is run
ensure that GRAS is run in a transparent manner and is accountable to its membership
clearly outline the rights, duties, and responsibilities of GRAS Committee Members.
Click the button below to download our Charter.