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Entry Level Programs

Entry Level Programs

2022-23 Science Policy Fellowship applications are now open.

2022 Stepping Into Winter applications have now closed. Stepping Into Summer applications will open from August 2022.

2023 Indigenous Australian Government Development Program applications will open in April 2022.

2021-22 University Vacation Employment Program applications have now closed. Applications for 22-23 will open from July 2022.

2022 APS HR School Leaver Program applications have now closed. Applications for 2023 will open from August 2022.

2022 Career Starter Program applications have now closed. Applications for 2023 will open from July 2022.

2022 Indigenous Apprenticeships Program applications have now closed. Applications for 2023 will open from October 2022.

We are looking for motivated people who want to take up the opportunity to join the Australian Public Service and make a real difference to the lives of all Australians.

We lead the Australian Government’s efforts to secure the nation’s economic future, improve living standards and connect our communities.

We build stronger communities and a stronger nation by ensuring our infrastructure, transport and communications systems are fit for purpose today and into the future. We also work to support and protect our unique cultural heritage and ensure all Australians can enjoy diverse artistic and cultural experiences.

We are committed to supporting and engaging with Indigenous staff and communities. This is demonstrated in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Retention Strategy 2020-2022 and our upcoming Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan.

In 2019, Diversity Council Australia recognised us as an inclusive employer for our diversity measures.

If you are seeking an opportunity to join a dynamic department doing meaningful work that enriches our nation’s communities, empowers our regions and leaves a positive impact for generations to come, we encourage you to apply for one of our entry level programs.

We have a range of Entry Level Programs:

  • The APS HR School Leaver Program provides an opportunity for Year 12 graduates to enter a Human Resource (HR) career in the Australian Public Service (APS). It is a 12-month pilot program run by the Australian Public Service Commission.
  • The Career Starter Program is an award-winning entry level program run through the Department of Finance for students who have recently completed Year 12. As a Career Starter, you will have a full time permanent job with a competitive starting salary in the APS.
  • Our University Vacation Employment Program is an internship run over the summer university break for current university students. It provides interns with the opportunity to work across a diverse range of portfolio areas and gain experience in program management, policy development, finance, media and communications or corporate.
  • The Stepping Into Program is a national initiative by the Australian Network on Disability which offers practical paid work experience for successful students with disability who may face significant obstacles in gaining employment. The program brings together participating employers with skilled and talented university students with disability seeking jobs and creates a talent pipeline that actively builds diversity and inclusion. The Summer Stepping Into Program and University Vacation Employment Program are run at the same time, providing an extended cohort for support.
  • The Indigenous Australian Government Development Program is a 12 month entry-level employment and development program open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in working in the Australian Public Service. Participants have the opportunity to complete a Diploma of Government qualification while working full time.
  • The Indigenous Apprenticeships Program is a pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to start their career in the APS. The program is run by Services Australia and aims to equip apprentices with the skills to achieve a successful career in the APS including undertaking a Certificate IV or a Diploma qualification. This program won the Stan Grant Indigenous Employment Award at the 2018 Australian HR Institute Awards!
  • The Science Policy Fellowship is an initiative of the Office of the Chief Scientist that aims to grow the diversity of expertise in the Australian Public Service workforce. It provides a pathway for early- to mid-career scientists to become skilled policy practitioners.
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