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Why Choose Infrastructure

We are seeking graduates to join our 2022 Graduate Development Program with a vision of Australia's future and a willingness to identify problems and implement innovative solutions. You will have the opportunity to work in a way that enriches our communities, empowers our regions and leaves a positive impact for generations to come.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has a smaller group of graduates each year, which enables the Department to provide the highest quality, personable and tailored support to each incoming graduate. We understand that the transition from study to career can be a challenging one. For many, it is also the first time they have lived away from home, and most graduates are moving interstate. We work hard to make the whole process as easy as possible for you and offer a generous travel, accommodation and storage package. We also help you settle into Canberra with plenty of recommendations on housing, food, activities and experiences!

Impactful Work - Support Australians by working in a way that enriches our communities, empowers our regions and connects all Australians; Learn from Leaders - Build professional networks with leaders who support innovation and diversity; Career Advancement - Structured development program, further study encouraged upon completion; Ongoing Support - -Dedicated and personable Graduate Management team to help you achieve your career goals. Permanent position in Infrastructure upon completion; Flexibility - The department is committed to a flexible, innovative, supportive and safe workplace where work-life balance is a priority; Diverse Portfolios - Experience the breadth of our work through 3 diverse rotations, based off your preferences and interests; Learning and Development - Tailored learning and development, Major Research Project and potential "field-work" experience; Inclusive Culture - We value diversity and have six diversity networks, who are working to make the department inclusive for all staff.

It's important to us that as a graduate, you feel supported and welcomed into our department and, if you"ve just moved to Canberra, that you settle in to your new city with ease. Being part of our graduate cohort gives you an immediate social network.

The GDP is designed to add to the skills Graduates have acquired at university by developing professional public sector skills through a combination of work rotations, internal training and formal learning and development. The Department's GDP provides a unique 11 month accelerated career progression, a salary increase and advancement from the APS Level 3 to APS Level 5 on successful completion. The key elements of the GDP comprises of:

  • An eleven-month generalist program that sources talent across all academic disciplines.
  • Three work rotations across the Department (12–14 weeks each).
  • Commencement as an APS3 employee (starting at $61,570 plus 15.4% superannuation).
  • Upon successful completion of rotations one and two, advancement to an APS4 (starting at $68,219 plus 15.4% superannuation).
  • Upon successful completion of the program, advancement to an ongoing APS5 (starting at $76,160 plus 15.4% superannuation).
  • A structured learning and development program—completion of a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (the Certificate) delivered by the University of Canberra (UC).
  • During the Graduate year, we run a Major Research Project where graduates are tasked with a topic by our Executive and have the opportunity to research, analyse, prepare a report and may undertake “field-work” to support their final assessment.
  • Participation in the coordination of corporate events including the Department's Social Club and Christmas Party.

Around the end of the program, you"ll have access to career coaching and professional development opportunities, consideration for financial support and paid leave to undertake further study in relevant areas, and broader Australian Public Service and mobility and career progression within the department.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Enterprise Agreement 2016 offers more information about our employment conditions.

We recognise and value that team diversity and a culture of inclusion enhances our work performance and the wellbeing of everyone. In 2019, Diversity Council Australia recognised our Department as an inclusive employer for our diversity measures. We encourage graduates of all backgrounds and identities to apply as we are committed to supporting you during the graduate program and beyond.

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.

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