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2022 Graduate Development Program

We’re looking for fresh-thinking, innovative and high-performing Graduates to contribute to shaping the future of Australia’s infrastructure, transport, regional development, communications and creative industries.

We’re at the forefront of the Australian Government’s efforts to connect our communities, secure the nation’s economic future, improve living standards, provide access to high quality communication services and ensure all Australians can enjoy diverse artistic and cultural experiences.

We do this by building stronger communities through major infrastructure planning, investment advice and delivery, transport system reform and strategic development of policies and programs.

We also set the course for Australia’s digital future, encourage participation and excellence in arts and culture, and work on policy that supports and protects our cultural heritage.

During the Graduate year, we run a Major Research Project where graduates are tasked with a topic by our Executive and have the opportunity to research, analyse, prepare a report and may undertake “field-work” to support their final assessment. If you are seeking a career where you can make a difference in the lives of everyday Australians, you will find it at Infrastructure!


Here at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Graduates undertake three workplace rotations designed to develop key capabilities and offer a well-informed set of meaningful Departmental experiences. Rotation placements are determined through an Expression of Interest and preference process therefore are based on your individual interests coupled with current organisational requirements. This strategic approach has proved to offer graduates a challenging experience and meaningful work opportunities.

Workplace rotations vary significantly and could see you:

  • helping to set the course for Australia’s digital future
  • developing policy that supports and protects our cultural heritage 
  • regulating airports 
  • implementing the Smart Cities Plan 
  • developing policy for broadband, open data and media
  • working on the development of the Inland Rail or Western Sydney International (Nancy-bird) Airport
  • supporting regional development and local communities around Australia

No matter the rotation you are sure to take part in exciting, rewarding and challenging experiences that will prepare you for your future careers in the APS.

Why choose Infrastructure?

We are seeking graduates to join our 2022 Graduate Development Program with a vision of Australia’s future and a willingness to identify problems and implement innovative solutions. You will have the opportunity to work in a way that enriches our communities, empowers our regions and leaves a positive impact for generations to come.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has a smaller group of graduates each year, which enables the Department to provide the highest quality, personable and tailored support to each incoming graduate. We understand that the transition from study to career can be a challenging one. For many, it is also the first time they have lived away from home, and most graduates are moving interstate. We work hard to make the whole process as easy as possible for you and offer a generous travel, accommodation and storage package. We also help you settle into Canberra with plenty of recommendations on housing, food, activities and experiences!

It’s important to us that as a graduate, you feel supported and welcomed into our department and, if you’ve just moved to Canberra, that you settle in to your new city with ease. Being part of our graduate cohort gives you an immediate social network. The GDP is designed to add to the skills Graduates have acquired at university by developing professional public sector skills through a combination of work rotations, internal training and formal learning and development. The Department's GDP provides a unique 11 month accelerated career progression, a salary increase and advancement from the APS Level 3 to APS Level 5 on successful completion. The key elements of the GDP comprises of:

  • An eleven-month generalist program that sources talent across all academic disciplines.
  • Three work rotations across the Department (12 – 14 weeks each).
  • Commencement as an APS3 employee (starting at $61,570 plus 15.4% superannuation). 
  • Upon successful completion of rotations one and two, advancement to an APS4 (starting at $68,219 plus 15.4% superannuation).
  • Upon successful completion of the program, advancement to an ongoing APS5 (starting at $76,160 plus 15.4% superannuation). 
  • A structured learning and development program – completion of a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (the Certificate) delivered by the University of Canberra (UC).
  • During the Graduate year, we run a Major Research Project where graduates are tasked with a topic by our Executive and have the opportunity to research, analyse, prepare a report and may undertake “field-work” to support their final assessment.
  • Participation in the coordination of corporate events including the Department's Social Club and Christmas Party.

Around the end of the program, you’ll have access to career coaching and professional development opportunities, consideration for financial support and paid leave to undertake further study in relevant areas, and broader Australian Public Service and mobility and career progression within the department. The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Enterprise Agreement 2016 offers more information about our employment conditions.

We recognise and value that team diversity and a culture of inclusion enhances our work performance and the wellbeing of everyone. In 2019, Diversity Council Australia recognised our Department as an inclusive employer for our diversity measures. We encourage graduates of all backgrounds and identities to apply as we are committed to supporting you during the graduate program and beyond.

We are committed to supporting and engaging with Indigenous staff and communities. This is demonstrated in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Retention Strategy 2020-2022 and our upcoming Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for graduates that are innovative, curious and future-focused, with a desire to learn and to help shape Australia’s infrastructure, transport, regional development, communications and creative industries.

We’re looking for graduates from a range of backgrounds and education specialties, including economics, and graduates from regional and remote areas. We encourage applications from people with disability; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people; those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age.

To be eligible for a position on the department’s Graduate Development Program you must submit a completed application form prior to the closing date and time, and provide evidence or confirmation of the following:

  • Be an Australian citizen by 30 June 2021 (you may be asked to provide evidence of this);
  • Have completed (at least) an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 qualification (a Bachelor Degree), equivalent, or higher equivalent by 31 December 2021;
  • Have completed the most recent degree no more than 5 years from the date of the application being submitted;
  • Be able to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance once accepted into a graduate program; 
  • Be willing to undergo any police, character, health or other checks as required and;
  • Be willing to relocate to Canberra (we offer generous relocation support and assistance).

Successful graduates explore opportunities and exemplify drive and adaptability. They are responsive and comfortable with change. Graduates want to be challenged in a flexible and fast-paced environment. But above all else, graduates have a positive attitude and a desire to learn.

We are looking for graduates who aren’t afraid to do things differently and create an impact – those who are bold enough to take the lead.

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  • Job type:Graduate Jobs
  • Disciplines:

    All Disciplines

  • Work rights:

    Australian Citizen

  • Locations:


  • Program Duration

    11 Months

  • Salary Range

    $61k - $76k



  • Position Start Date

    Feb 2022

  • Closing Date:27th Apr 2021, 1:59 pm


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