APS HR School Leaver Program

APS HR School Leaver Program

Applications for the 2023 APS HR School Leaver Program have now closed. Applications for the 2024 Program will open from August 2023.

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 2022, or are completing one in 2023, you are encouraged to apply. Successful participants will commence the program in early 2024.

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 2024 APS HR School Leaver Program, you must:

  • have completed your Year 12 certificate in 2022, or be completing one in 2023
  • be an Australian citizen or have proof you will be granted Australian citizenship by November 2023
  • 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 2023

Applications close

September 2023


October 2023


November 2023

Process finalised—offers made

December 2023

Program commencement

February 2023

*subject to change

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

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