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The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.

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About the ABS

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.

The Census is our most recognised product, however the ABS has a much wider range of functions and work opportunities available to our graduates.

We have an important leadership role, coordinating statistical activities and collaborating with official bodies in the collection, compilation, analysis and distribution of statistics. This assists in maximising the value of government investment on these activities, and ensures outputs are fit-for-purpose. By doing these functions, we aim to inform decisions on important issues. This will lead to a more informed community; more efficient markets, economic growth and productivity enhancements; better policy development and evaluation; and targeted and more efficient service delivery.

We operate in a dynamic environment, with new opportunities for accessing and interrogating a vast amount of administrative, transactional and other data. With more data becoming available, the potential to provide new insights into matters of importance to Australians is continuing to increase. In response to this, the ABS is undergoing a major transformation over the coming years. It will encompass how we operate as an organisation, both internally and as part of the wider information community; our statistical infrastructure; our people and culture; and the statistical solutions we deliver.

With so much happening and so many exciting opportunities available there has never been a better time to join us ...and help us shape our future.

The ABS Graduate Development Program

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At the ABS we are looking for graduates with a diversity of skills, experience and background, who are adaptable, innovative and excited to play a role in transforming the ABS.

The ABS' five year transformation program will change our systems and processes as well as our culture and capability. So we are looking for graduates who enjoy analysing and interpreting data to add value to statistical outputs, engaging with people, collaborating with others, are innovative and responsive to change and are motivated to be one of our high performers.

Here at the ABS we believe the quality of the information we produce will better meet our clients' needs if our people are as diverse as the wider community we represent. We are strongly committed to increasing our diversity and have a range of initiatives to promote a culture of inclusiveness for under-represented groups such as people with a disability, women in IT and senior leadership, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and LGBTI people.

For our 2019 intake we are looking for graduates in the following streams:

  • Statistical Analysis and Research: graduates from this stream may work in one of many areas from our Statistical Business areas, Collection and Dissemination groups. We accept graduates from a wide range of disciplines, with a focus on Economics, Business, Psychology and Demography.
  • Methodology: graduates with degrees in Statistics, Econometrics, Mathematics or related fields of study.
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT): best suited for graduates who have a degree where the main focus is on ICT.

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Diversity and Inclusion

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The ABS is currently undergoing a major transformation which will continue over the coming years. It will encompass how we operate as an organisation, both internally and as part of the wider information community; our statistical infrastructure; our people and culture; and the statistical solutions we deliver.

One of the key goals for the future state of our people is to have a more diverse workforce that reflects the Australian community. We are strongly committed to increasing our diversity and we particularly welcome applications from Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander graduates and graduates with a disability, two of the most under-represented groups in the ABS.

The ABS Workplace Diversity Action Plan 2013-17 reaffirms the importance the ABS places on providing a workplace that is inclusive, supportive and safe for all its employees and respectful of differences in race, disability, age, sexuality and gender.

We are a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability and have champions for Reconciliation, Disability, our LGBTI community and Gender Diversity.

At the ABS we have support networks for employees with disabilities and carers of people with a disability, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) gender diversity group and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee network (Youmpla).

Our commitment to diversity however, goes beyond our formal diversity plans and recently we recruited 12 people through the Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP), amended our Miscellaneous Leave Guidelines to provide for employees affected by Domestic and Family Violence and most recently established an ABS LGBTI Network.

Help the ABS shape Australia’s future.

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The ABS is looking for highly motivated graduates from a wide array of disciplines and life experiences, who want to play a part in shaping Australia's future and informing the decision making process. We are looking for graduates who have excellent analytical and communication skills, are agile and innovative, and have a passion to make a difference.

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