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APS HR School Leaver Program

APS HR School Leaver Program

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

The Australian Public Service (APS) Human Resource (HR) School Leaver program is an opportunity for Year 12 graduates to enter a Human Resource career in the APS workforce in one of the participating agencies.

The APS HR School Leaver program is a 12-month pilot program which provides an additional entry pathway to a Human Resources career. If you have successfully completed a Year 12 certificate in 2021, or are completing one in 2022, you are encouraged to apply. Successful participants will commence the program in early 2023. 

Program details

  • The program includes a 12-month ongoing role at the APS 1 level and the opportunity to advance to an APS 2 level
  • Structured on-the-job and corporate training including undertaking a Certificate IV in Human Resource Management


To be eligible for the APS HR School Leaver Program, you must:

  • have completed your Year 12 certificate in 2021, or be completing one in 2022
  • be an Australian citizen or have proof you will be granted Australian citizenship by November 2022
  • be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance.

For more information, please see the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Application requirements

Application details will be available closer to the opening date.

Key dates

Applications open August 2022
Applications close September 2022
Shortlisting October 2022
Interview November 2022
Process finalised - offers made December 2022
Program commencement February 2022

*subject to change

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

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