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Our Graduate Program

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About the Graduate Program

The graduate program runs for ten months beginning on 5 February 2020 and concluding December 2020 with promotion to the APS4 level upon successful completion. As a graduate within the Department of Education, you will participate in the APSC Development Program and have opportunities to engage in additional learning and development opportunities based around the department's business throughout the program. 

For the 2020 graduate program, the department will offer a number of Career Pathways. The Department welcomes applications from all degree disciplines for our generalist pathway. Degree disciplines in Commerce, Finance and Accounting, Business Administration will be considered for specialist placements within the Generalist pathway. Further information on the 2020 Career Pathways is available at

As a graduate within the Department of Education, we will offer you: 

  • An opportunity to grow your career through two diverse work placements over 10 months
  • Dedicated career pathways in different disciplines (Generalist, Legal, Human Resources and Data)
  • Exposure to our business and our people through the opportunity to get involved in employee networks, peer support and mentoring relationships
  • Dedicated graduate alumni and Senior Executive Champion 
  • Access to professional development including participation in the APS Graduate Development Program and on-the-job learning activities
  • Excellent employment conditions with competitive remuneration, superannuation and employee entitlements PLUS generous relocation assistance
  • A workplace culture that embraces work-life balance
  • A strong foundation for a career in the APS.

Our Graduates

At the Department of Education, our graduates are strategic and analytical thinkers, innovative and future focused. Our graduates demonstrate a high level of integrity, flexibility and resilience. They are collaborative communicators, intellectually curious and seek out learning opportunities.


Please note, under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing.

RecruitAbility Scheme

The Department is committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability. Our participation in the APS RecruitAbility scheme means we will progress an applicant with disability to a further stage in the recruitment process, where they opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements for the position.

How do I opt into the RecruitAbility scheme?

You will be asked to indicate if you wish to opt into the RecruitAbility scheme in the Diversity section of the application form. You must tick the ‘opt in’ box to participate in the scheme. Simply declaring that you have a disability will not automatically include you in the scheme.

Reasonable Adjustments

We provide reasonable adjustments such as access, equipment or other practical support at relevant stages of the recruitment process. If you require adjustment please state this in the Diversity section of the application form.

Details about the RecruitAbility scheme can be found at the Australian Public Service Commission’s website via this link


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