Australian Government Apprenticeship Program

2022–23 Australian Government Apprenticeship Program applications are now closed. Applications for 2023–24 will open from April 2023.

If you are looking for a career change, to re-enter the workforce, or kickstart your career, the Australian Government Apprenticeship Program is a great opportunity for you to take your career in a new direction.

We are looking for talented people from school leavers to mature-age workers keen to build on your experience by joining the APS.

The 12-month program will offer participants learning and development opportunities, and the opportunity to expand their personal and professional capabilities, while building confidence in their careers within the APS.

Participants in the program are supported every step of the way with opportunities to learn and grow on the job, while completing a Diploma of Government—a formal and recognised qualification.

Coordinated by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR), the program enables participants to apply once to be considered for apprenticeship roles in a number of Australian Government agencies and departments.

More than just a job, this is an opportunity to launch a long-term career filled with opportunities to learn new skills, with the potential for advancement and most importantly a chance to work on issues that matter.

Program details

  • a competitive starting salary at the APS3 level plus superannuation
  • A full-time permanent position from day one, transitioning to a permanent APS4 role upon successful completion of the program
  • structured learning opportunities to help build your career
  • a nationally recognised Diploma of Government qualification that will build on and develop skills, capabilities and experience to work effectively and to contribute to a high performing APS
  • flexible arrangements to help you balance study and work
  • access to peer support, mentoring and coaching.


To be eligible for the 2023-24 Australian Government Apprenticeship Program, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or have proof you will be granted Australian citizenship by August 2023
  • be prepared to study a Diploma-level qualification
  • be willing and prepared to relocate if required
  • be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance.

For more information, please see the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

Key dates

Applications open

April 2023

Applications close

May 2023

Virtual interviews and reference checks

May 2023

Matching and virtual agency meet and greets

May–June 2023

Process finalised—offers made

June 2023

Program commencement

October 2023

*subject to change

If you have any questions, you can email our Entry Level Programs Team.