Who we’re looking for - National Graduate Program

Start your career with us if you’ve recently graduated university (or are in your final year) and are eager to improve the lives of Australians.

As the face of Australian Government services, we change lives. We’re looking for graduates who are enthusiastic, highly skilled and committed to helping Australians. We’re excited to develop the future leaders of the Australian Public Service (APS).

You need to meet eligibility, skill and university degree requirements.


To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen on 4 April 2018
  • be willing to relocate if required
  • have completed or you’re due to complete an undergraduate or post graduate degree between 6 March 2015 and early February 2019

Skill requirements

Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • proven initiative
  • ethical, adaptive and evidence-based judgement
  • strong problem solving skills
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • the ability to establish positive working relationships with team members and stakeholders, and
  • support for a workplace culture that values diversity, respect and inclusion

Professional pathway applicants should also have a comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues and practices related to your area of expertise or technical discipline.

Read more about the National Graduate Program including the Professional pathway.

Degree requirements

There are essential degree requirements for each discipline within the Professional pathway.

To participate in the Professional pathway you must have a degree in:


  • media and public affairs
  • public relations
  • web design
  • marketing
  • journalism
  • media arts
  • digital and social media
  • multimedia
  • writing
  • graphic design

Data analytics

  • data science and analytics
  • engineering
  • actuarial studies
  • mathematics
  • science
  • computer science
  • programming
  • economics
  • business and finance
  • psychology
  • software engineering
  • operational research


  • business
  • accounting
  • statistics
  • finance
  • commerce majoring in accounting or finance
  • economics
  • actuarial studies

Human resources

  • human resource management
  • arts, business, commerce or management with a major in human resources


  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Juris Doctor

You must also have a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, or be willing to get it.

Social work

A degree that provides eligibilty for membership to the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Overseas students

If you obtained your degree overseas, you’ll need to have it recognised by the Department of Education and Training, formerly the National Office for Overseas Skills Recognition.

Read more about overseas qualification recognition on the Department of Education and Training website.

Relocation to Canberra

The majority of positions for the graduate program are in Canberra. Before you apply you need to be willing to relocate to Canberra.

Opportunities to complete the program in areas outside Canberra are limited and vary each year subject to our business requirements.

Indigenous graduates

We aim to increase Indigenous representation in our workforce. The 2019 intake includes an Affirmative Measure – Indigenous application process. This is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

After you confirm your Indigenous heritage, you’ll have access to a support officer. They’ll help you through the application process and offer culturally appropriate support.

Graduates with disability

We aim to increase the participation of staff with disability in our workforce. The 2019 intake includes an Affirmative Measure – disability application process. This is open to applicants who identify as having disability.

As part of the Affirmative Measure – disability application process you’ll need to provide evidence of disability. This can be a letter from a:

  • registered medical practitioner
  • Disability Employment Service (DES) provider
  • tertiary institution disability service unit
  • statutory declaration

Read about definitions of Disability on the Australian Public Service Commission Website.

If you meet the definition of disability you can also apply under the APS RecruitAbility scheme for the National Graduate Program 2019 application process. The scheme helps people with disability put forward their skills and experience during the selection process.

To opt into the scheme you need to apply for the 2019 NGP and:

  • declare you have a disability
  • opt into the scheme in the application form, and
  • be assessed as meeting the minimum requirements of the program

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

We also support you to apply in a way that suits you. We can make adjustments for you throughout our recruitment process. Contact us to discuss options.

Workplace diversity and our culture

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where we value our staff for their unique qualities, ideas and perspectives.

Our policies support workplace diversity, and we’ve implemented strategies and initiatives to champion this. We also have memberships with relevant not for profit employer organisations such as the Australian Network on Disability.

Read more about how we manage workplace diversity and inclusion.

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Page last updated: 5 July 2018