We’re a community and our graduates are an important part of our workforce. Our current and past graduates will tell you a year with us is highly rewarding and can be one of the best years of your working life!

Personalised program

We recognise the essential role our staff play in helping us to deliver positive outcomes across our diverse portfolio. As one of our graduates, you will become an important part of our team, and enjoy the benefits of a personalised program with practical, hands-on experience and support.

Make an impact

You will enhance your skill set, work on real projects that touch the lives of all Australians and help drive meaningful change across infrastructure, transport, regional development, communications and the arts sectors. You’ll benefit from high visibility, and the opportunity to have a large impact in our agency, rather than being lost in the crowd.

Be challenged

You will have real responsibility and opportunities to make your mark in an environment that is modern, innovative and digitally-connected. You’ll work on challenging projects across a diverse portfolio, contribute to our broad strategic priorities, and support our cultural and social initiatives.

Learn from leaders

You will work closely with our senior staff to develop your skills and build your professional networks. Our leadership team supports a culture of innovation and diversity, and are actively involved in the selection and ongoing development of our graduates.

Develop your career

Our program is designed to provide you with the right skills and knowledge to succeed and position you as a future leader. You’ll receive practical, on-the-job training, support and mentoring from our senior staff, as well as formal and informal training programs, further enhancing your future career prospects.

Support and benefits

You will start as a full-time, permanent employee at the APS 3 level. We offer a competitive starting salary of approximately $60,000 per annum plus 15.4% superannuation with the opportunity to move to the APS 5 classification level subject to successful completion of the program after only 11 months.

We will also assist you with relocation costs if you are moving to Canberra for the program. We’ll help with costs like travel, temporary accommodation and storage.

As a graduate, you will also enjoy all other benefits of working with us, such as flex-time, generous leave entitlements, an excellent wellbeing program and social clubs. You’ll also have access to our staff-led network groups including the Pride and Allies Network, Disability and Allies Network, Indigenous Staff Network and Carers’ Network.

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

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. You’ll also have:

A buddy — Before you even start work with us, we'll pair you up with a graduate from the previous year's program. Your buddy can offer you tips on finding housing, good restaurants and fun activities in Canberra. Your buddy will help you to start building your network early.

Mentor — We'll match you with a Senior Executive Staff (SES) mentor to meet you on a monthly basis to help you settle in and provide you with advice during the year.

The HR Recruitment Team — Our team will help make your relocation to Canberra as smooth as possible.

Your HR Graduate Coordinator — Your graduate coordinator will organise monthly meetings, training and development, and be your primary contact and support person throughout the year.

Your work team — You’ll have 3 placements throughout the year and that means 3 different teams to get to know and work with. Your team supervisor will also support you in your day-to-day work.

Your development

As one of our future leaders, we invest significantly in your professional development. Our structured development program is based on the feedback of previous graduates and is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and professional networks you’ll need to start your career.

Your development will be both formal and informal. The training program will help you to build your knowledge in public administration and develop the capabilities needed for the Australian Public Service. You’ll have access to foundational professional development including programs such as Writing for the APS, About Parliament and About Legislation/About Budget to increase your APS knowledge and skills. You will also participate in a once in a lifetime Industry Tour week with your graduate cohort.

Our wide range of informal and self-paced development opportunities include mentoring with senior staff and extensive online learning courses, which will build your capability to engage effectively and innovatively with stakeholders and the public.

Our Social Club, Gender Equality Network, Indigenous Staff Network, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Network and the Pride and Allies Network are just a few of the groups we will encourage you to get involved with to continue your learning and build your professional networks.

Career prospects

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.