Our graduate program runs from January to December each year at our Canberra office.

Departmental rotations

Our graduates undertake 3 workplace rotations designed to offer a varied experience across the communications and arts portfolio. Rotation placements are determined as the year progresses and are based on your individual interests and organisational requirements. This strategic approach offers our graduates a challenging experience and meaningful work opportunities.

There a range of workplace rotations, giving you the chance to:

  • help to set the course for Australia’s digital future
  • administer programs that encourage participation and excellence in arts and culture
  • develop policy for broadband, mobile connectivity and media
  • work on policy that supports and protects our cultural heritage
  • provide advice on strengthening our national broadcasters and postal services
  • advise Government on national communications projects
  • develop your research and analytical skills with our Bureau of Communications Research
  • applying economic analysis and modelling to support policy and advice through the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research

The 2020 Program will provide for home placements to allow incoming graduates to be aware of which branch they have been recruited to permanently on successful completion of the program.

Graduates will be placed in the home area for their first rotation, with your second and third rotations in suitable work areas to complement your ongoing development needs.

Training and development

We understand this could be your first full-time role or experience working in the Australian Public Service. We’ve developed a structured learning and development program to equip you with fundamental knowledge and skills to set you up for future career opportunities.

We offer a range of formal and informal training opportunities to help you develop professionally. The formal component of the program includes studying a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration at the University of Canberra, which includes interactive lectures, problem-solving workshops and case studies. The course will help you to build your knowledge in public administration and develop the capabilities needed for the Australian Public Service.

Support and benefits

We invest significantly in your learning and development throughout the year to develop your capabilities and position you as a future leader. As a relatively small department, you’ll have the opportunity to build a strong professional network and work closely with senior staff.

We offer a competitive starting salary and assistance with relocation costs if you are moving to Canberra for the program.

As a graduate, you will also enjoy all the other benefits of working with us, such as flex-time, an attractive super scheme, generous leave entitlements, a wellbeing program and access to our staff networks.
A graduate year with us is highly rewarding and can be one of the best years of your working life!