Are you a high-performing graduate? We invite you to join our team and help manage the Australian Government’s priorities in communications policy.

Are you a high-performing graduate? We invite you to join our team and help manage the Australian Government’s priorities for:

  • the National Broadband Network
  • regional telecommunications
  • cybersafety and security
  • broadcasting
  • communications
  • spectrum management
  • digital innovation
  • issues for consumers of broadband, telecommunication and online services.

We employ about 400 people, so you will work closely with senior staff, develop your skills, and build your network across our department. Your salary starts from $56,711 and you enjoy the same benefits of working with us as all our employees.

Graduate Development Program

The Graduate Development Program starts in January each year and finishes in December. The 11-month program includes:

  • a comprehensive orientation week, including networking sessions, visit to Parliament House, and meeting our senior executives
  • a workplace rotation through diverse and challenging areas to develop your capabilities and position you as a future leader
  • opportunities to contribute to policy development, program management and enabling services
  • support from mentors and former graduates
  • opportunities to develop valuable networks by collaborating with senior staff members
  • training in policy and program management, financial and legal awareness, ministerial writing and legislative processes.

We want you to learn and develop as much as possible. When the program ends, we want you to have a great position and to see a future with us.

Support programs

This could be the first time you have worked full-time for the Australian Government or any other employer. Our learning and development program is designed to support you and help you settle into full-time work for the Australian Public Service.

Our networks include:

  • Your Buddies—before you start in January, we will pair you up with a current graduate. Your buddy can help answer any questions about starting work, show you around when you arrive and help you access resources and networks.
  • The Recruitment Team—we will help you move to Canberra and support and guide you throughout the year.
  • The Graduate Team—these are your main contacts after you start. This team looks after all of your training and development needs. It also organises lots of events for everyone in the year’s graduate program.
  • Your workplace team—some teams are small while others are quite large. Your team supervisor will support you in your day-to-day work.

Our graduates form a social and supportive network each year to help ease into work and life in Canberra. Graduates from the preceding year are ‘social mentors’: they can give you tips on finding housing, good restaurants and clubs. A year as a graduate is highly rewarding and can be one of the best years of your working life!

Are you eligible?

To apply for the program, you must be able to show that:

  • You finished your generalist or ICT undergraduate degree before the graduate program starts in January.
  • You finished your undergraduate degree no earlier than January 2010.
  • You are an Australian citizen, or will be an Australian citizenship 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 other engagement conditions.

Selection process

The Graduate Program recruitment process consists of the following steps:

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.

Contact us

Graduate Development Team
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: 02 6271 7020
Email: graduate [at]

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