Entry level pathways

We offer entry level pathways that are designed to develop and increase your potential career with us and the APS.

We’re a large, customer driven department making a difference to all Australians by providing them the services and payments they need, when they need them.

We employ people who want to make a difference. We look for enthusiastic individuals who have a specific interest in the work we do and a desire to improve the services we offer to the community.

Our entry level pathways are available across Australia and help you develop your skills and increase your potential career with us and the Australian Public Service (APS).

We also offer Indigenous programmes that help Indigenous employees gain qualifications to develop their potential and increase their career prospects within the APS.

Benefits of our entry level pathways

The benefits of participating in our entry level pathways include:

  • an exciting place to work
  • the opportunity to gain on the job experience and develop your skills
  • great working conditions
  • working in the field while obtaining your qualification (if relevant)
  • the opportunity to make a difference to Australians

Learn more about staff who started with our department through Entry Level Pathways in this video.

Our entry level pathways

If you have completed year 12 - apply for our ICT Apprenticeship Programme.

If you are currently an ICT university student - apply for our ICT Cadetship Programme.

If you are currently a university student in any field - apply for our Summer and Winter Vacation Placements.

If you are a university graduate - apply for the National Graduate Program.

If you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian - apply for the Indigenous Cadetship Program or Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme.

If you are interested in student placements while studying at university - read more about our student placement options.

If you are interested in work experience opportunities while studying at high school - read more about our work experience pathways.

Join us and give your career an incredible start.

Australian Government Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Apprenticeship Programme

The Australian Government ICT Apprenticeship Programme is open to Australian citizens who have completed their year 12 or equivalent qualification. The program runs for 2 years.

While working full time in the department, you will complete a Certificate IV in one of the ICT related disciplines below:

  • Applications Development
  • Information Technology Testing
  • Programming
  • Systems Analysis and Design

You are engaged as an ongoing employee at the APS1 classification level, and on successful completion of the program you will gain an ICT qualification and advance to the APS3 classification level.

Apprentices earn an attractive and competitive salary package, including leave and superannuation.

Eligibility requirements:

  • completion of Year 12 certificate or equivalent
  • ability to work full time
  • Australian citizen

Read more about the Australian Government ICT Entry-level Programmes on the australia.gov.au website.

Australian Government Information and Technology (ICT) Cadetship Programme

The Australian Government ICT Cadetship Programme is open to Australian citizens who have completed 1 year of an undergraduate bachelor degree or equivalent. The program is an exciting opportunity for university students to work part time while completing their degree.

As an ICT cadet you earn an attractive and competitive salary package, including leave and superannuation. You also receive a generous study allowance to assist with your university costs.

You are required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week in the workplace, with the remainder of the working week dedicated to your study. The program is offered for 18 months to 3 years.

You commence as ongoing employees at the APS2 classification level, and on successful completion of the program and university graduation will advance to the APS4 classification level.

To be eligible you must:

  • be currently enrolled in an Australian university
  • have completed 1 year towards an undergraduate bachelor degree or equivalent
  • be an Australian citizen

Apply for the Australian Government ICT Entry-level Programmes via the australia.gov.au website.

Summer and Winter Vacation Placements

Applications for our Winter Vacation Placements have now closed.

Our Summer and Winter Vacation Placements are available in selected Service Zones to university students in their final year of study. Placements give university students paid work experience during their summer and winter semester breaks.

Placements are offered as non-ongoing, full time, APS2 Service Officers that work in service centres completing front of house duties. The key focus of these roles is to promote the use of online self service to customers.

After the placements, participants will be encouraged to apply for the National Graduate Program.

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or able to provide evidence that you will be granted citizenship before you start the program
  • be completing your final year of full time study in a Bachelor degree or higher within the specified timeframe
  • provide a certified academic transcript to verify your university enrolment, and
  • have a statement of recommendation from either an employer or academic referee
  • provide a CV or Resume

National Graduate Program

Our National Graduate Program is a 10 month entry level program for university graduates, with generalist and professional pathways to suit every degree. The program offers on the job learning, formal training and specialist events, while developing your skills as a member of the Australian Public Service.

Diversity groups

We are committed to supporting workplace diversity and values the contribution of people with different backgrounds. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age candidates and people with disability.

Page last updated: 2 May 2016

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