Entry level pathways

Pathways to develop your career with us and the Australian Public Service (APS).

We’re a large department making a difference to Australians. We provide the services and payments they need, when they need them.

We employ people who want to make a difference. We look for people who are enthusiastic, have an interest in our work and want to improve our services for the community.

Our entry level pathways help you develop your skills and improve your career prospects with us and the APS. If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, our Indigenous programmes can help you gain qualifications.

Entry level pathways benefits

The benefits of joining our entry level pathways include:

  • an exciting place to work
  • gain on the job experience and develop your skills
  • great working conditions
  • work in the field while getting your qualification, if relevant
  • make a difference to Australians accessing our services

Watch our video to learn how staff used our entry level pathways to develop their career in the APS.

Our entry level pathways

If you’ve finished year 12, apply for our ICT Apprenticeship Programme.

If you’re studying Information Communication Technology (ICT) at university, apply for our ICT Cadetship Programme.

If you’re a university student in any field, apply for our Summer and Winter Vacation Placements.

If you’ve graduated from university, apply for our 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’re studying at high school or university, apply for our work experience pathways.

Join us and give your career an incredible start.

Australian Government Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Apprenticeship Programme

The 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 with us, you’ll complete a Certificate IV in an ICT related discipline, such as:

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

You’ll be employed as an ongoing employee at the APS1 classification level. On successful completion of the program, you’ll have an ICT qualification and advance to the APS3 classification level.

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

To be eligible, you must:

  • have a Year 12 certificate or equivalent
  • be able to work full time, and
  • be an Australian citizen

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

Australian Government Information and Technology (ICT) Cadetship Programme

The 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 help with your university costs.

You’ll need to work at least 15 hours a week in the workplace. The remainder of the working week is dedicated to your study. The programme is offered for 18 months to 3 years.

You’ll be employed as an ongoing employee at the APS2 classification level. On successful completion of the program and your university studies, you’ll advance to the APS4 classification level.

To be eligible you must:

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

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

Summer and Winter Vacation Placements

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

You’ll be employed as a non-ongoing, full time, APS2 Service Officer in our service centres doing front of house duties. Your key focus will be to promote online self service to our customers.

After the placement, we encourage you to apply for the National Graduate Program.

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or can provide proof that you’ll be granted citizenship before you start the placement
  • 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 prove your university enrolment, and
  • provide a statement of recommendation from either an employer or academic referee, and
  • provide a CV or resume

National Graduate Program

Our National Graduate Program is open to university graduates. We offer a generalist and professional pathway to suit every degree. It runs for 10 months, offering on the job learning, formal training and specialist events to develop your skills as a member of the APS.

Diversity groups

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

Read more about how we promote workplace diversity and inclusion.

Page last updated: 31 October 2016

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