The ANAO Graduate Program sets you up for a challenging and varied career where you’ll contribute to meaningful work that serves the broader Australian community. 

As a graduate, we provide you with the support you need to develop your expertise in public administration. We’ll help you reach your full potential by providing you with extensive learning and development, equipping you with essential technical, leadership and people skills that will set you apart from other graduates.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work in different areas of the ANAO, broadening your understanding of our organisation and you’ll finish your graduate year with the confidence to take the next step in your career with us.

What we offer

We invest significantly in our people and their careers. We are committed to helping our graduates build the necessary technical, leadership and management skills that will give you the confidence to take the next step in your career with us.  We offer a 12 month structured learning and development program that provides:

  • challenging and rewarding work at the heart of government, contributing to the ANAO’s business objectives.
  • a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace, with generous conditions and a starting salary of $60,966 and 15.4% superannuation.
  • access and exposure to our senior leaders.
  • internal and external development opportunities to enhance your professional knowledge and skills.
  • APS-wide networking, conferences and events to help you build connections across the public sector.
  • involvement in projects, initiatives and committees that transform the way we work.
  • a buddy program so you can ask those questions you think are silly to ask.

On successful completion of the graduate program, you’ll advance to the next classification level, an APS 4. Towards the end of your 12 month program, the ANAO will also support you in obtaining relevant postgraduate qualifications such as your CA or CPA, including maintaining current membership to professional bodies and associations relevant to your career.

Who we’re looking for

We’re seeking graduates from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. The most sought after degrees for each of our groups include:

  • AASG: Accounting, Economics and Commerce.
  • PASG: almost any degree. Your skills are what count here—for example, research, analysis, written communication and project management.
  • SADA: Data Analytics, Business Informatics, Data Science, Data Engineering, Computer Science, Business Information Systems and IT Security related disciplines. Candidates from Accounting/Commerce academic backgrounds, especially when combined with an IT discipline, would also be highly regarded.
  • PSRG: Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Public Policy and Law.
  • CMG: Human Resources, Finance, Communication, Business and IT.

If you’re applying, it's also important that you:

  • have strong communication skills
  • have the ability to write clearly and concisely
  • are a self-starter
  • have well-developed conceptual and analytical abilities; and
  • are an achiever with a strong sense of purpose.


To be eligible for our graduate program, you must:

  • have completed a qualification equivalent to a three-year Australian undergraduate degree in the last seven years, or complete the degree in 2019
  • be a current Australian citizen
  • be prepared to undertake a security clearance process
  • be willing to relocate to Canberra.

Position locations

All graduate positions are located in Canberra, ACT. We provide relocation assistance if you need to move from interstate.

Reasonable adjustment

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

Which service group should you apply for?

Before applying, we recommend you research the work of the different service groups and think about where you (in consideration of your interest, skills and background) would be best placed to make the most impact.

Not sure which service group to nominate for? Visit our website to view the academic disciplines table and find your field of study to see which service group we suggest for you.