2017 Graduate Program - Applications Closed

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“Help shape the future of the ACT and deliver better outcomes for the community”.

Key Dates

  • Applications opened:
    1 April 2016.
  • Applications closed:
    3 May 2016.

Assessment Centres:
5, 6, 7, 11 and 12 July.

Successful candidates notified late August / early September.

Graduate Program commences early February 2017.


Graduate Administrative Assistant commencing salary: $65,671 (as of 6/10/2016).

Contact us

For further information email: graduatejobs@act.gov.au.

The ACT Public Service Graduate Program

Applications for the 2017 ACT Public Service Graduate Program have now closed. For information on the 2018 application process, please refer back to this page in early 2017.

The ACT Public Service (ACTPS) Graduate Program is a whole of government full-time program that runs for ten months. We offer our graduates the opportunity to be part of a unique jurisdiction employing approximately 20,000 staff that combines state and municipal roles into one level of government. As a result the ACTPS delivers services across public policy and administration, education, health, infrastructure, parks and community services, to name a few. This unique environment means we can offer you a diverse range of career opportunities and on many occasions the chance to see the direct impact of the work you do in the community that you live, work and play in.

What do we offer our graduates?

Our Program provides you with hands on experience and offers you the opportunity to utilise your existing skills and build new capabilities in a supportive environment. Our Program equips you with the knowledge you require to be a high quality employee within the ACTPS.  As a graduate in the ACTPS you will:

  • participate in three diverse workplace rotations across the Service, allowing you to establish networks and enhance your knowledge of the ACTPS;
  • complete a comprehensive learning and development program;
  • be exposed to work that challenges you and provides you with opportunities to use and develop your skills;
  • receive a competitive remuneration package with salary advancement upon successful completion of the Program;
  • have access to flexible working arrangements that support a healthy work life balance;
  • participate in specialised training and development opportunities within each of your rotations; and
  • be part of a culturally diverse and inclusive workplace (for more information on Inclusion employment pathways, visit our Inclusion web page).

What is the ACTPS looking for in its graduates?

The ACTPS is looking for motivated, enthusiastic and innovative graduates with strong written, analytical and communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment. Our graduates will display a commitment to their own professional development, be positive and adaptable in the face of change, and will share the ACTPS’ Values.

What is the best stream for you?

We are looking for graduates to fill vacancies across a range of streams including:

Streams Vacancies

1. Commerce/Business
Applicants who have completed studies in the following areas:

  • Finance and Accounting
  • Economics
  • Human Resources and Management 
  • Public Relations and Communications
  • Marketing

2. Infrastructure
Applicants who have completed studies in the following areas:

  • Sustainability / Environment
  • Town Planning
  • Architecture
  • Engineering

3. Law
For applicants who have completed studies in the following areas:

  • Law

4. Public Administration and Policy
For applicants who have completed studies in the following areas:

  • Government Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration

5. ICT
For applicants who have completed studies in the following areas:

Note: Due to the technical nature of this stream and the location of ICT rotations, graduates in this stream will usually only rotate within ICT-specific work areas. 

  • Computer Science
  • Innovation and Design
  • Information Technology

6. Health Professionals
For applicants who have completed studies in the following areas: 

Note: Due to the technical nature of this stream, graduates will usually only rotate within the Community Services Directorate, being placed in a case management role upon successful completion of the Graduate Program

  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Social Welfare
  • Social Science
  • Health Science
  • Human Services

What are the eligibility requirements?

    To be eligible for the ACTPS Graduate Program, by early February 2017 you must:

    • be an Australian citizen, hold Australian permanent residency status or be a New Zealand citizen who resides in Australia and who holds a Special Category temporary residence visa (SCV); and
    • have completed as a minimum a three year bachelor degree with at least a credit average from an Australian University within the past three years, or an equivalent degree as recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR). Note: If your bachelor degree was completed more than three years ago but you have recently completed a postgraduate qualification in a field relevant to the stream you are applying for, you may still apply and your application will be considered on merit.