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Graduate Development Program

Applications for the 2023 Graduate Development Program have now closed. Applications for 2024 will open in March 2023.

Australian Government Graduate Program

If you would prefer to be considered for a range of other Australian Government agencies, including ours, you can apply through the Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP).

We are a participating agency in the Generalist, Data, Digital, Economist and STEM Australian Government Graduate Program streams. Applying for these streams means you only have to go through the application and selection process once to be considered for a range of Australian Government agencies. Wherever you start your public service career as a graduate, you’ll be doing meaningful work from day one, be asked to contribute, be recognised for your perspective and see the impact you can make in the Australian community we serve.

For more information on the program and applying, visit the APS Jobs Graduate Portal.

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Indigenous Graduate Pathway Program

The Indigenous Graduate Pathway Program is available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants. You will be able to complete one application and be considered for multiple agencies and departments within the Australian Public Service (APS).

For more information on application deadlines and how to apply visit the Indigenous Graduate Pathway Program website.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for innovative, curious, future-focused graduates with a desire to learn and help shape Australia's infrastructure, transport, regional development, communications and creative industries.

To be eligible for our Graduate Development Program you must submit a completed application before the closing date and time, and provide evidence or confirmation of the following:

  • be an Australian citizen by October 2022
  • have completed (at least) an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 qualification (a Bachelor Degree), equivalent, or higher equivalent by January 2023
  • have completed the most recent degree no more than 5 years from the date of the application being submitted
  • have a credit rating average
  • be able to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance once accepted into the program
  • be willing to undergo police, character, health or other checks as required
  • be willing to relocate to Canberra.

If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to the assessment process please note this in your application and we will contact you to discuss any additional support that will assist you throughout the assessment process.

Successful applicants demonstrate they are motivated to explore opportunities and exemplify drive and adaptability. They are responsive and comfortable with change. As a graduate in our program you will thrive on being challenged in a flexible and fast-paced environment. Above all else, you will have a positive attitude and a desire to learn.

We are looking for graduates who aren't afraid to do things differently and create an impact—those who want to make a difference and are bold enough to take the lead.

Key dates

Applications open 7 March 2022
Application close 29 April 2022
Shortlisting May 2022
Virtual assessment centres August 2022
Process finalised—offers made September 2022
Program commencement February 2023

Contact us

If you have any queries, you can email our Graduate team or contact the Australian Government Graduate Program.