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Eligibility and how to apply

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

All positions are Canberra based. Relocation assistance is provided to successful candidates.

To be eligible for a graduate position you must:

  • Have completed a minimum of a three-year undergraduate degree, or have completed one by the end of 2017
  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Be prepared to relocate to Canberra

Successful candidates will be required to undertake a security clearance and provide evidence of their tertiary qualifications and Australian citizenship.

We welcome applications from graduates from all disciplines, particularly with degrees in:

  • Economics
  • Commerce
  • Law
  • Business
  • Public Policy
  • Science
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Accounting

Even if you graduated a while ago you're still welcome to apply. There is no age limit for graduates. We recruit graduates on their capabilities rather than age. The department recruits a diverse range of people for our Graduate Development Programme and we value people who have work and life experience.

If your degree is from an overseas university it must be recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR). If you have any questions in relation to your overseas qualification please contact NOOSR on 1300 636 079 or visit NOOSR's website at

We value people who have strong skills in:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Research and Analysis
  • Adaptability
  • Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Judgement

And if you've also got post-graduate qualifications, work experience, political awareness and/or business acumen, it's a bonus!

How to apply

Online applications for the 2018 Graduate Development Programme will open on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 9.00 am (AEST) and close on Sunday 30 April 2017 at 11.55 pm (AEST).

Commence your online application here.

You will need to fill out some personal information such as name and address, before telling us a little about your studies and work history.

There are five stages in our selection process, commencing with your application -

  • An online written application including a statement of claims against the selection criteria
  • Short-listing of applicants to determine suitability for interview
  • An individual interview with the selection panel
  • An online assessment activity for candidates to be interviewed
  • Offers to successful candidates

Online written application

Candidates will be required to answer some questions against the following four Selection Criteria.

  • Well-developed communication skills
  • Well-developed research and analytical skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Personal qualities including adaptability, flexibility, initiative and judgment.

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