How to apply - National Graduate Program

The recruitment process for the January 2014 intake of graduates has now been finalised. Please check back in early 2014 for updates on our next recruitment round.

Application Process

The National Graduate Program’s (NGP) 2014 application process included:

  • recruitment round opened
  • applications were submitted through an online portal
  • applications were assessed
  • applicants were required to undertake testing and telephone screenings
  • applicants participated in assessment centres held across Australia
  • successful applicants were be sent a letter of offer
  • unsuccessful applicants were notified at each stage of assessment

We have developed an innovative methodology to recruit graduates and match them with graduate placements that will provide them with opportunities to build on their skills and abilities for future roles. Each year our recruitment methodology is reviewed and improved upon.  Check back to this webpage in early 2014 for information on the next recruitment cycle.

Once successful

Letter of offer

Successful applicants were provided full details of commencement in their letter of offer.

Criminal history check

Before starting work with us, you will be required to undergo a criminal history check. You will also be required to gain a minimum of a baseline security clearance; some positions may require a higher clearance. Further information will be sent with your letter of offer.

Medical clearance

The medical clearance is a general health check to ensure you are fit for work and allow us to make any workplace health adjustments for you if required. Further information will be provided with your letter of offer.

Security clearance

All graduates are required to undergo a security clearance.

Relocation to Canberra

If you are offered a position in the NGP, you may be required to relocate.

Subject to business requirements, there are opportunities to offer successful graduates placements in select cities around Australia; however, most NGP positions are located in Canberra.

When applying for our graduate program, you must be willing to relocate if required.

Relocation costs

We will pay for the relocation of you, your immediate dependents, your furniture and a motor vehicle. Relocating pets will be at your own expense.

We also provide a household establishment allowance to be used in any way, such as the purchase of pantry items or the bond for a property you have found.

If required to relocate to a new location, we provide you with 21 nights' accommodation in a fully self-contained serviced apartment.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the NGP, you have an entire team of people who can help you.

You can contact us through our dedicated graduate email address graduate.recruitment@humanservices.gov.au or our Facebook account.