Applications are now open and will close 20 April 2020 at 11.30pm (AEST).

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

We’re looking for graduates from a range of backgrounds and education specialties, including economics, and graduates from regional and remote areas. We encourage applications from people with disability; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people; those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age.

Applications must be submitted through our online portal by 20 April 2020, 11.30pm (AEST).

Review our role and program descriptions:


To apply for the program, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • you have, or will have completed, an Australian-recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree by January 2021
  • you are an Australian citizen
  • you have achieved a minimum of a credit average
  • you are prepared to relocate to Canberra (with assistance provided by the department)
  • your most recent degree must have been obtained within the past 10 years.

If you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or as a person with disability you can choose to apply through the Affirmative Measure process. If you are applying for a role in the Indigenous affirmative measures stream, you will need to provide confirmation of your heritage before being offered a role.

Recruitment process

We have a 4 step recruitment process. If you have disability or special needs that require a reasonable adjustment to fully participate in the application and/or the interview process, please let us know.

1. Apply online

The first stage of the application process is online. Allow yourself around 1 hour to complete the application process and submit by 11.30pm on the closing date. In addition to providing information about your interests, work experience and general application criteria (e.g. educational experience), you’ll need a copy of your current resume and academic transcript. You will also complete several capability assessments that are described below.

Situational judgement questions:: You will be asked to respond to a series of situational questions that reflect experiences which graduates may encounter in the program. These questions will examine the fit between your preferred working style and the working environment and culture in the department.

Psychometric assessment—online testing: Once you have successfully submitted an eligible application, you’ll receive an email inviting you to complete a psychometric game-based aptitude assessment. These assessments will explore your behavioral preferences as well as cognitive aptitudes such as abstract reasoning. Some elements will be timed and some will be untimed, in total the psychometric assessments should take around an hour.

Don’t panic! We have a great team to guide you through both steps, and a dedicated hotline available for you to ask any questions.

2. Video submission and targeted question

If you are successful in reaching the next stage of the process you will be asked to complete the following online assessments:

Targeted question: You will be asked to provide a 400 word written response that demonstrates your competency in an area critical to success in a graduate role.

Online video question: You will be asked to record an online video response to a question focusing on your motivation to apply for the program. This is your chance to demonstrate what you know about us and why you want to work for the department—feel free to get creative. You’ll have the opportunity to test out how the interview works with some sample questions before responding to the actual question.

Please note: You will need to submit your targeted questions and video response within 5 days of receiving your invitation.

3. Assessment centre

Following the video and written question, you may be invited to participate in an assessment centre which will take place in Canberra, so we can meet you in person. We will arrange your return transport to Canberra to attend the assessment centre which should run for about half a day. Assessment centres involve:

  • a group exercise
  • a written exercise
  • an interview

After your assessment centre, we may contact your 2 chosen referees using the contact details you provided in your application. We recommend you let your referees know in advance that we might be in touch.

4. Offers

Congratulations, you did it! Our executive want you to join us as part of a fantastic cohort of future leaders.

Offers will be made to successful candidates. All unsuccessful candidates will be notified and able to receive feedback.

Expected timeframe for assessment and selection

We receive a large number of applications each year and take the time to ensure all applications are properly assessed. We know you put a lot of time and effort into writing your application and so we try to let you know the outcome as early as possible. Below is an indicative timeline for the selection process:

  • 16 March to 20 April 2020 – Application period
  • April to May 2020 – Online testing
  • May to June 2020 – Shortlisting
  • June/July 2020 – Assessment centres in Canberra
  • July/August 2020 – Process finalised (offers made)

Reasonable adjustments

We’re committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide you with a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive working environment. If you identify as a person with disability, we encourage you to review the information provided above and let us know of any ways we can better support you in the application and assessment process.

Contact us

  • If you have any queries, you can email our graduatemailbox [at] (Graduate Team)