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Applications for our Graduate Development Program will open in May 2019.

Key information

Our Graduate Development Program offers:

  • a structured two year training and development program
  • Canberra based positions, with options for state based work placements in year two of the program
  • starting salary of $59,476 (currently) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • advancement to APS 5 (currently salary of $73,419 plus 15.4% superannuation) once you successfully complete year one of the program.


To apply for our Graduate Development Program you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Have completed a minimum of a three year undergraduate degree by 31 December 2019
  • Be able to obtain and maintain a baseline security clearance
  • Be prepared to relocate to Canberra.

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.

Diversity and inclusion is part of the way we work and how we do business. We understand and appreciate that diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights enriches our capability to deliver to the public and government.

Our Graduate Development Program

Our two year Graduate Development Program gives you an opportunity to build on and use the skills you have gained during university to shape the Australian economy to drive growth and create jobs.

Our program provides you with the perfect combination of on the job learning, formal training, and opportunities for networking and collaborating, and further study that complements your tertiary education.

You can apply for our Generalist Stream, our Professional Services Stream, or both.

Generalist Stream

We accept all disciplines of study, and we have numerous opportunities available to use your skills, knowledge and experience. Our graduates come from a range of backgrounds including (but certainly not limited to), economics, science, engineering, law, commerce.

Professional Services Stream

This year we’re also looking for graduates with an academic background in ICT, Accounting, Law, Human Resources and Communications/Marketing. Graduates in the Professional Services Steam undertake the same training and development as graduates in the Generalist Stream, however their work placements have a greater focus on their area of expertise.

During our program you will experience

  • four work placements to experience the diversity of roles and responsibilities across the department
  • the opportunity to collaborate with other graduates on a major project, tackling real-life policy issues, engaging with our stakeholders, and presenting your findings to our Executive
  • an opportunity to undertake study at the graduate level (a Graduate Certificate), in year two of the program in a field of interest to you and of relevance to us
  • a series of soft and technical skills training and on the job learning throughout the program.

In addition, we’ll provide you with:

  • relocation assistance if you’re moving to Canberra
  • a buddy to help you with your transition into the workplace
  • an extensive induction program so you can hit the ground running
  • a dedicated Graduate Team who is here for you throughout the recruitment process and development program.

Application process and key dates

Applications will open in May 2019.

To apply, you’ll be asked to complete an online application (available once applications are open) and upload your resume (max. 3 pages).

From there, the process may include:

  • online testing
  • a written or video pitch that shows your interest in working with us
  • an assessment center that will include a group based activity and a panel interview
  • referee checks
  • an additional short phone or video interview for those applying through the Professional Services Stream.

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Last updated: 27 March 2019

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