2018 Graduate Program
We are the Australian Government’s lead advisor on communications and the arts. We work to promote innovative cultural and communications sectors through policy advice, program implementation and service delivery to the benefit of all Australians.
Learn from Leaders
As a graduate with us, you’ll work closely with senior staff to develop your skills and build your professional networks. Our leadership team supports a culture of innovation to overcome obstacles with inspired solutions.
Develop your Career
From project management to policy development, our comprehensive learning and development program is designed to support and provide you with the right skills and knowledge to succeed and position you as a future leader.
Make an Impact
You’ll contribute to meaningful work and get the opportunity to make your mark in a small federal government department that’s agile, innovative and digitally connected. Empowered by smarter technology, we aim to make digital technologies and communications better for everyone.
Build a Community
We champion a community that supports you with both personal and professional development, you will work with mentors, have opportunities to engage with social and professional networks and create lasting relationships with your fellow graduates, to support you throughout our career.
Your work will be challenging. You’ll experience different subject areas, working on different projects and with different teams. Each year our graduate group works on a key project – contributing to our broader strategic priorities. You’ll also contribute to cultural, social and fundraising initiatives.
Join us in our mission to create an environment in which all Australians have access to high quality communications services and diverse artistic and cultural experiences.
As a relatively small federal government department, we’re agile, innovative and digitally connected. Empowered by smarter technology, we work in an exciting and fast-moving sector.
We develop policy, provide advice, analysis, and deliver programmes that make digital technologies and communications services better for all Australians and enhance our cultural identity. We are passionate about what we do.
Graduates are an important part of our workforce. As a graduate with us, you’ll work closely with senior staff to develop your skills and build your professional network. We invest in our employees so they have the right skills and knowledge to succeed – Innovate your career.
We have an organisational structure of eight units reporting to the Secretary on the following topics across our portfolio.
The Graduate Program starts in January each year and finishes in December.
As a graduate you can expect:
- a comprehensive orientation week
- to work with leading-edge technology
- diverse and challenging workplace rotations
- experience across a wide range of policy and program areas
- structured learning opportunities to develop your capabilities and position you as a future leader
- support from mentors and former graduates
- opportunities to develop valuable networks and exposure to senior staff members
As part of the program you will also participate in training and development activities, including a major project, as well as contributing to our culture through fundraising and other staff initiatives.
We understand this may be your first full-time role and first experience working in the Australian Government. Our comprehensive learning and development program is designed to support you and help you settle into full-time work for the Australian Public Service.
Your networks will include:
- Your buddy—before you start in January, we will pair you up with a current graduate. Graduates from the preceding year are ‘social mentors’ and will give you tips on finding housing, good restaurants and clubs. Your buddy can help answer any questions about starting work and they’ll show you around when you arrive and help you access resources and networks.
- The Graduate Team—this team will help make your move to Canberra seamless, and be your main point of contact once you start working with us. The team will manage your learning and development program and be available to offer you support and guidance throughout the year.
- Your workplace team— your team supervisor and colleagues will support you in your day-to-day work.
- Departmental networks – we have a range of networks for you to get involved with including the Social Club, the Women’s Network, the Innovation Network and so much more!
Our graduates enjoy the same benefits of working with us as all our employees.
A graduate year with us is highly rewarding and can be one of the best years of your working life!
We celebrates our differences, we are flexible, innovative and work collaboratively and with respect. We have programs, groups and networks that contribute to the collaborative and innovative culture we have developed. Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy helps us to focus our efforts and ensure our workforce reflects, respects and benefits from diversity. Our strategy aims to encourage commitment to diversity and outlines strategies for attraction, development and retention of a diverse workforce, including accountability for the measurement of outcomes.
Each year we offer our program to recent graduates and graduates with professional experience. We actively encourage applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. We embrace diversity, valuing the contributions of our graduates with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
Are you eligible?
To apply for the program, you must be able to show that:
- You finished your undergraduate degree before the Graduate Program starts in January.
- You are an Australian citizen, or will be an Australian citizen before the Graduate Program starts in January.
- You have maintained a credit average throughout your university degree.
- You are prepared to move to Canberra (we can help with some costs).
You must also meet our standard engagement conditions.
We have a four step selection process:
- Step 1: Apply online
The online application should take you about one hour to complete. There are three questions to answer. Draft them in a text document so you can make changes easily, ask someone else to look at your examples, then upload your final version into our online recruitment system. You will also need to provide a current resume and academic transcript.
- Step 2: Online testing
If your application is successful, you will be asked to complete online psychometric testing. This exercise is designed to assess your analytical, comprehension and written skills.
- Step 3: Assessment centres
Based on your results from the online testing, you might be invited to participate in an assessment centre. The assessments include group activities, written exercises and an interview. They are held in most major capital cities and run for about half a day.
- Step 4: Offers
Based on the results from all the assessments, we make offers to successful candidates. We’ll tell you if you are not successful and you can ask us for feedback.
Give us a call or send an email:
Graduate Development Team
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: 02 6271 7020
Email: graduate [at] communications.gov.au