Department of Transport and Main Roads Graduate Programs & Internships

We are a department of more than 8,800 employees across the state. 

Our vision is to create a single integrated transport network accessible to everyone. No department has a bigger role to play in keeping the Queensland of today moving, or in helping build for the future. Each year we have more than 3.6 million face-to-face interactions with Queenslanders and more than 6.7 million transactions using online service channels. 

We are responsible for around 80 percent o…

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About Us

We are a department of more than 8,800 employees across the state. 

Our vision is to create a single integrated transport network accessible to everyone. No department has a bigger role to play in keeping the Queensland of today moving, or in helping build for the future. Each year we have more than 3.6 million face-to-face interactions with Queenslanders and more than 6.7 million transactions using online service channels. 

We are responsible for around 80 percent of all government counter transactions. We are an exciting place to work, with an enormous scope of work incorporating 79 different occupational areas. 

Every day Queenslanders rely on the transport network to get them to work, to school, and to health care. As the most decentralised state in Australia, transport is a key driver of economic growth, and we are at the front line of planning, developing and maintaining the extensive network required to keep Queensland moving. 

We lead emerging technologies, so our transport network meets the needs of our customers now and into the future. We deliver our core business through four key services: 

  • Transport system investment planning and programming – focused on developing policy frameworks for the future development of the transport system and to plan and prioritise strategic investment in effective, efficient and sustainable integrated transport infrastructure, systems and services 
  • Transport infrastructure management and delivery – focused on constructing, maintaining, managing and operating an integrated transport network accessible to all 
  • Transport safety, regulation and customer service – focused on improving customer service and managing and regulating the transport system safely, economically and sustainably and without imposing unnecessary red tape 
  • Passenger transport services – focused on leading and shaping Queensland’s overall passenger transport system. Ultimately, we bring Queensland closer together.

Why Join Us?

Imagine being challenged daily, given clear paths for professional training and career development and having the ability to transfer to some of the most beautiful regions in Australia.

You will be working for:

  • an organisation that connects Queensland through integrated transport systems
  • a department that contributes to the wellbeing of the larger community
  • an employer that values your talent, skills and knowledge and encourages you to excel in your chosen field.

Transport and Main Roads adopts a variety of approaches when developing its people by offering:

  • tailored induction programs
  • training and development opportunities
  • management and leadership programs tailored to different levels of staff
  • the opportunity to work with highly skilled experts in your discipline 

Graduate Program

We're looking for innovative and future-focused graduates who value teamwork, are community minded and put customer safety first. You will have a true passion in your chosen field and a desire to contribute to enriching the lives of Queenslanders.

Our graduate program offers you:

  • 2-year graduate program with a minimum of 2 rotations
  • Competitive salary starting from $65,000
  • Connections to over 100 different career paths with tailored development and networking opportunities
  • Flexible workplaces and arrangements
  • Interesting jobs in a range of environments and locations including Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Maroochydore, Mackay and Barcaldine. Successful applicants may be required to relocate.

Our program opens September each year with the Program commencing in February.

Other Opportunities

Inclusive entry Pathways 

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has a far-reaching impact on Queensland through the planning, management and delivery of an integrated transport network across road, rail, air and sea. TMR uses entry pathways to build the capability and diversity of its divisional workforce to directly support these responsibilities.


In the coming years we are perfectly placed to:

  • develop and drive a ‘grow our own’ strategy where TMR directly develops employees with the skills and capabilities to meet expected future requirements
  • use the planned growth in the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) to create space for more entry pathways with increased intakes in the various pathways
  • ensure a lasting legacy for TMR and the broader industry by implementing and delivering the TMR Entry Pathways Program.

Strategic alignment

The TMR entry pathways programs align with the strategic direction of the Queensland Government by supporting the Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s priorities—supporting the ‘Create jobs in a strong economy’ priority.

We will continue and increase its focus to engage more young Queenslanders in education, training and work.

We have dedicated entry pathways for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people which align with the Moving Ahead strategy – A strategic approach to increasing the participation of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland’s economy 2016–2022 (Moving Ahead).

Due to the nature of our work, and the fact that delivery occurs in many regional and remote areas of Queensland, the department is well-placed to offer local employment that includes employment on country.

TMR Entry Pathways

TMR has a suite of entry pathways that include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander School-based Traineeships
  • IMD Internship Program
  • IMD Cadetship Program
  • Maritime Safety Queensland—Marine Officer Trainee Program
  • OneTMR Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship
  • Peninsula Developmental Road – Indigenous Scholarships
  • RoadTek—Apprenticeships
  • RoadTek—Cadetships
  • RoadTek – Indigenous Traineeships
  • RoadTek—Trainees
  • RoadTek—Women in Construction Traineeship Program.

We also partner with educational institutions for other internship and work experience program 

For more information on our specific entry pathways visits Inclusive entry pathway programs (Department of Transport and Main Roads) (

Application Process

Our application processes

We recruit for a variety of roles for the Transport and Main Roads Graduate Program. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have the desired qualification, then we encourage you to apply. 

Applications for Graduate opportunities are open in March for commencement in February the following year. There are several steps in the graduate recruitment process which apply to all graduate roles. Please note, if you meet the suitability requirements for multiple positions, you may be offered a position outside of the one you initially applied for.

Your performance in each step of the assessment process will determine if you progress to the next stage. 

Application steps    

  1. Online application & assessments

    1. At this initial stage you will register your details with Hudson, where you will select your stream and role preferences, complete an application form and upload your CV and other supporting documentation. 
  2. Screening Stage 1- PredictiveHire Interview

    1. As part of your application you will also be required to complete a PredictiveHire Interview. You will be sent an assessment via Hudson to complete the online text based conversation, which will take you approximately 25-30 minutes to complete.
    2. Applications close 11:59pm Tuesday 26 April 2022 (to be considered for the program you must have completed your application and Predictive Hire interview by this date).
    3. Find out more about the PredictiveHire process.
  3. Screening Stage 2 – Online E-Tray Assessment

    1. If you are successful in proceeding to the next stage, you will receive an invitation to complete an online assessment, which will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. This short online assessment is so that we can understand how you respond to real workplace situations, issues, and problems.
  4. Assessment stage 1 – online written assessment

    1. If you are shortlisted from stages 1&2, you will be invited to undertake an online written assessment. You will have approximately 5 days to complete this and send back to Hudson. 
  5. Assessment Stage 2 – Virtual Assessment Centre

    1. The virtual Assessment Centre is a live interactive experience, where you will be required to complete an interview with TMR business representatives, and a group activity. 
  6. Online reference checks

    1. The reference checks are the last stage in the recruitment process. Your referees will be contacted to submit online reference checks. 
  7. Offer & employee onboarding

    1. If you are made an offer after your assessment centre, you will either be phoned or emailed to make the offer. An emailed offer will them be sent for you to formally accept and you will be asked to complete a number of important employee onboarding activities ready for your start date.  
    2. The Program commences in February 2023

Perks & Benefits

Flexible hours

We offer our employees a 36.25 hour working week and many flexible work options. Flexibility helps you maintain a work life balance and can help employers improve the productivity and efficiency in their team.

This helps us deliver on commitments to move and connect people, places, goods and services — safely, efficiently and effectively.

Work/life balance

We support employees to balance their work, life and family needs by encouraging workplace flexibility. This positions the department to meet our customers, employees and business needs while achieving our operational and strategic objectives.

Generous leave options

We offer our employees 4 weeks annual leave (with loading), 2 weeks sick leave per year as well as personal and parental leave.

Generous superannuation

We offer 10% employer superannuation. With different levels of employee contributions, the department can match this to a maximum of 17.75%.

Salary sacrificing is available for superannuation.

Salary sacrificing 

This is an arrangement between you and the department where you pay for some items or services from your before-tax salary.

Rotations and Tailored Learning and Development Program

Our graduates complete a 2 or 4 rotation and are provided with opportunities to develop their leadership and business capabilities, along with technical and on-the-job training provided by local teams.


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Pride at TMR

We are committed to ensuring an inclusive workplace for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identify or expression.

Pride means more…..

It means….

  • TMR Pride Network for our rainbow family is across our department from Brisbane to Cloncurry
  • Developing and training our people to be an LGBTIQ+ confident and capable workforce
  • Visible support and engagement from our Executive Leaders with our own Inclusion and Diversity Champion
  • Openly celebrating and involving everyone in days of significance such as IDAHOBIT, Wear it Purple Day, Brisbane Pride Festive, rallies and marches and much more….
  • Members of the whole of government LGBTIQ+ Steering Committee
  • We have a strong and active community partnership with Pride In Diversity
  • We are connected and committed to growing our network with other government departments in the LGBTIQ+ community

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Disability Support

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads is committed to becoming a world leader in the provision of accessible and inclusive transport and an accessible and inclusive employer of choice.

At the Department of Transport and Main Roads, we want people of all abilities to have an equitable experience. So we're taking action to make our workplace and work practices inclusive for all people. 

We encourage you to share with us any adjustments you may require enabling you to participate equitably in the recruitment process, and when you commence in the workplace as a successful candidate.

Find out more about our partner at Jobaccess.

Gender Equality

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Transport and Main Roads values diversity, equality and social inclusion, and acknowledge that everyone benefits when women fully participate and contribute at work and in the community. We support the Queensland Government's commitment to improving the balance of women in key decision-making positions across the workforce.

First Nations

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We are an inclusive organisation which embraces diversity of thought, culture, life experience and people to ensure that we reflect the communities we serve.  

Through our Inclusion and Diversity Strategy and Cultural Capability Action Plan we will work to increase the participation rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed within the department to 3% by 2022.

We will do this with the advice and input from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, who form our Indigenous Employee Network, guidance from our Diversity Council and the support of our Cultural Agency Leader.

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