Who we’re looking for - National Graduate Program

We offer university graduates an opportunity to start their career with us.

Applications for our 2017 intake are now closed. Thank you and best of luck to all who applied. Keep up to date with what's happening on Facebook or as described in the recruitment process.


As well as being enthusiastic, highly qualified and having strong analytical and communication skills we’re looking for graduates who are committed to helping Australians. As the face of Australian Government services we change lives. We also reach 99% of Australians over their lifetime. We want you to become the potential leaders in the Australian Public Service.

To be eligible for our program, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be willing to relocate if required, and
  • have completed a minimum of an Australian recognised bachelor degree on or after 2 March 2013 or
  • have achieved a postgraduate degree within the same timeframe - you can apply while still studying as long as you will have graduated by the time you start the program

Learn more about our program requirements.

Indigenous graduates

For our National Graduate Program 2017 intake recruitment process, a Special Measures application process will be open only to applicants who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or both.

The aim of the Special Measures application process is to increase Indigenous representation in our workforce.

After you confirm your Indigenous heritage, you’ll have access to a support officer for the application process to ensure culturally appropriate support mechanisms are used.

Read more about how our programme is suited for Indigenous graduate applicants.

Graduates with Disability

Our 2017 program applies the Australian Public Service (APS) RecruitAbility scheme. The RecruitAbility scheme supports people with disability applying for jobs in the APS by gives a better opportunity to put forward your skills and experience during the selection process. RecruitAbility offers you the opportunity to progress to further assessment stages in the selection process if you:

  • declare you have a disability,
  • apply and opt into the scheme, and
  • are assessed as meeting the minimum requirements of the vacancy.

Read more about RecruitAbility and the opportunities we offer for people with disability.

Workplace diversity and our culture

We strongly support workplace diversity and value the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds. To foster and maintain the benefits of a diverse workforce and the contributions people from different backgrounds bring to the workplace, we have implemented a number of strategies, policies and initiatives and memberships with relevant not for profit employer organisations.

We also value a culture where we support each other to deliver quality government outcomes and services, and where we respect one another. Our relationships and spirit of unity underpin our success and we’re proud to work for the department. We want you to be proud to work for us too.

Read more about how we manage workplace diversity and inclusion.

Contact us

You can contact us through our dedicated graduate email address humanservicesNGP@chandlermacleod.com, phone 1800 242 560 or connect with us on Facebook.

Page last updated: 2 May 2016

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