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Our Graduates program is for university undergraduates interested in a career in the Australian Public Service.

We maintain an inclusive and flexible culture and offer relocation assistance to help you settle in.

The program is run over two years and will provide you with on-the-job training in either a generalist, ICT or accounting pathway. We’ll place you in teams and you’ll receive training and targeted development opportunities.

Year one

In the first year you will complete a Graduate Major Project. This is an opportunity to work in a self-managed team on a project of significant importance to the department. The project will include a visit to the industry and business sectors. Your project findings will be presented to the Executive Board and may be used to inform future policies and programs. You will also do two work placements and advance to an APS 5 when you successfully complete your first year.

Year two

In the second year you will complete two more work placements. We will also support you to complete either a Graduate Certificate in Business—Applied Economics and Policy or Strategic Management in Government.


Before you apply, make sure you meet the criteria:

  • You must have completed a minimum three-year undergraduate degree by 31 December in the year prior to the new intake.
  • You must be an Australian citizen.
  • You must be able to move to Canberra, ACT.

Your degree doesn't need to be recent and there are no age limits. If your degree is from an overseas university, it must be recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skill Recognition.


The application round for the 2019 intake has closed.

The timeline for the application process is generally:

  • March to the end of April: Applications accepted
  • July: Short-listing
  • August: Interviews conducted
  • September: Offers to successful candidates
  • February of the following year: New intake starts


The application process has five stages managed through our online recruitment system.

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We attend career fairs and other university events around Australia.

For further information on Careers Fairs see the events calendar on Australian Association of Graduate Employers noting we do not attend all advertised.

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Last updated: 14 August 2018

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