The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) is a statutory authority within the Australian Government portfolio of Communications and the Arts. As Australia's media and communications regulator, we make sure that broadcasting, telecommunications, and radiocommunications work for all Australians.

Each day, we all use numerous different devices and tools—television, radio, the internet, mobiles, tablets, landline, VoIP, SMS, apps, blogging and social media—for communication, information and entertainment. As the regulator, we don’t control these services and we don’t provide them. But we do make sure they’re available, reliable, fair and safe.

So, we’re in the sky and under the sea—from protecting underwater communications cables to licensing the airwaves, we have broad and far-reaching responsibilities.

We work with government and industry to establish requirements for organisations who provide or supply these services, and monitor these regulations to make sure they benefit the public.

We also provide consumer safeguards, education and information to help all Australians understand and be consulted about changes to our rapidly evolving media and communications environment.

Our Graduate Program

The ACMA is seeking graduates for roles that align to the requirements of the agency. We are seeking graduates in both generalist and engineering streams. We are looking for graduates with strong academic results, who can conduct research to find solutions to challenges, who have good judgement and decision making skills and who can establish positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

The ACMA Graduate Program provides the opportunity to develop and build on your graduate skills by engaging in job rotations where you'll work on a range of projects across a variety of work areas within the ACMA. This might include policy development, evaluation, research and analysis, project management and a range of enabling service activities. 

You can expect to work on a variety of interesting and challenging projects. This may include undertaking research, analysis and critical thinking, preparing reports and correspondence, and doing technical and regulatory work that contributes to a variety of ACMA initiatives.

A performance development plan will be established for each rotation, which will outline more detailed performance expectations.

Desirable disciplines include:

  • Engineering  (communications related engineering); 
  • Humanities (Policy);
  • Arts;
  • Finance;
  • Human Resources;
  • Business Administration;
  • Information Technology, Information Systems;
  • Economics;
  • Research; and 
  • Law.

Engineering Stream

The ACMA is seeking motived graduates who have recently completed a communications-related engineering degree.

As a Graduate in our engineering stream you will gain exposure to a wide variety of work across the Spectrum Planning and Engineering Branch. This will provide you with a unique opportunity to support the technical planning for Australia’s radiofrequency spectrum, including policy and technical frameworks development, research and modelling analysis of radiocommunications and broadcasting systems through to spectrum monitoring and identification of interference issues.

What We Offer

As a graduate at the ACMA you will commence as an ongoing employee at the APS level 3 (Graduate 1.2 $64,050 base salary per annum, plus 15.4 per cent superannuation). You will have access to generous leave conditions, flexible working arrangements, opportunities to build valuable networks through participation in corporate events and social activities within the organisation and work in a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment. We also offer you:

  • 11 month program – February to December 2019
  • Opportunity to experience three rotations throughout the agency 
  • A targeted suite of learning and development through the Australian Public Service Commission
  • Networking opportunities with other APS Graduates 
  • Support network – including a buddy and a mentor throughout the program
  • Relocation assistance where appropriate
  • Upon successful completion of the program, advancement to an APS level 4.

Application and Eligibility

If you are interested in applying to the 2019 ACMA Graduate Program, you must apply via our Online recruitment portal. 

Applications Open: 9am (AEST) Thursday, 3 May 2018
Applications Close: 11:55pm (AEST) Thursday, 31 May 2018

The application process involves uploading your CV and academic transcript and also a one page pitch - in 800 words tell us why you are interested in the graduate program and why you believe you have the skills, knowledge and experience to be considered by the ACMA.

If you progress it to the next stages, you may be asked to complete some further assessment tasks and attend an assessment centre. 

The assessment process for a graduate program can take some time, so please be patient! Successful applicants are likely to be notified by September/October 2018 and start on the program in early February 2019.

To be eligible for the ACMA Graduate Program, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen;
  • complete your degree before commencement of the program;
  • be willing to undergo a police check;
  • obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance; and
  • be willing to undergo a pre-employment medical assessment.

To apply for our graduate program please go to ACMA Job Vacancies page.

For any additional support throughout the recruitment process please contact our dedicated phone line 02 6189 1044 or email