Graduating this year? Already graduated? We want you!!

The Graduate Development Programme at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is a great way to start your career in the Australian Public Service. Our two year programme is based in Canberra and will commence early February 2018. You will be given a 2-day induction to introduce you to your graduate group and to the department and then, after some initial training, you will start work in your first placement.

Why choose us?

We are a high performing organisation committed to investing in our people. We have a strong focus on developing our staff and providing inclusive and dynamic workplaces. We offer a large variety of work experience with four rotations through the department as part of the programme. We provide extensive and relevant learning and development opportunities, a university qualification in your second year, and guaranteed advancement to the APS5 level on successful completion of the first year of the programme.

If you want to work for a department that works for Australia's future – choose your future at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science!

The programme

The two-year programme is designed to give you the skills and capabilities required to meet the challenges of working in the Australian Public Service, including in policy development, programme management, project management and potentially as future leaders.

The first year of our 2018/19 Graduate Development Programme includes on-the-job training plus tailored and targeted learning and development opportunities. You will get the chance to attend specialised sessions aimed at graduates including:

  • Foundations of Government
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Policy Development
  • Administrative Law and Decision Making
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Economics for Non-Economists
  • Career Coaching

Want to make a real difference in your workplace? In your first year and as part of your development, you will undertake the Graduate Major Project. Major Project graduate groups tackle real-life policy issues which they then present to the department's Executive Board at the end of the year. The Major Project provides our graduates with exposure to industry stakeholders and executive. Findings from the Major Project are used to inform future processes and policy needs within the department.

In the second year of the programme you will be supported to undertake either a Graduate Certificate in Management or Economics. The Graduate Certificate is currently delivered by University of Canberra's Institute of Public Policy and Analysis.

Ok, I'm interested. What else should I know?

So you want to make a difference and you like what our graduate programme offers. Let us make your decision easy - if you choose your future with us, we will also offer you;

  • relocation assistance if you are located interstate
  • advancement to the APS 5 level on successful completion of the first year of the programme
  • four varied work placements
  • flexible working arrangements
  • dedicated departmental support
  • a previous graduate as a buddy
  • ongoing learning and development opportunities after the programme


Applications will be open 1 March 2017 to 30 April 2017.

All positions are Canberra based. Relocation assistance is provided to successful candidates.

To be eligible for a graduate position you must:

  • Have completed a minimum of a three-year undergraduate degree, or have completed one by the end of 2017
  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Be prepared to relocate to Canberra

Successful candidates will be required to undertake a security clearance and provide evidence of their tertiary qualifications and Australian citizenship.

We welcome applications from graduates from all disciplines, particularly with degrees in:

  • Economics
  • Commerce
  • Law
  • Business
  • Public Policy
  • Science
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Accounting

Even if you graduated a while ago you're still welcome to apply. There is no age limit for graduates. We recruit graduates on their capabilities rather than age. The department recruits a diverse range of people for our Graduate Development Programme and we value people who have work and life experience.

If your degree is from an overseas university it must be recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR). If you have any questions in relation to your overseas qualification please contact NOOSR on 1300 636 079 or visit NOOSR's website at

We value people who have strong skills in:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Research and Analysis
  • Adaptability
  • Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Judgement

And if you've also got post-graduate qualifications, work experience, political awareness and/or business acumen, it's a bonus!