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Want to start your career in a diverse and dynamic organisation? The Greater Graduate Program offers you a unique opportunity to build your career and grow with the Queensland Government. 

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About Us

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The Queensland Government is the state’s largest employer. We have 21 departments serving the community of Queensland.

The Greater Graduate Program provides university graduates with an opportunity to work within one of three departments at the QLD Government.

  • The Department of Environment and Science 
  • The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

The program focuses on the recruitment and development of recent university graduates and ensures a smooth transition into the workplace.

Our grads are transforming the Queensland Government into an organisation that’s ready for whatever the future holds. The Greater Graduate Program is doing the same for their careers.

Our Graduate Program

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Greater careers

Be part of something big! The Greater Graduate Program is aimed at people seeking a career, not just a job. Our graduates have a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, and work and life experiences. Graduates join the program from all over Australia and are placed in regional and Brisbane locations.

Greater development

The Greater Graduate Program is an 11 month structured leadership development program with exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunities with real responsibility and accountability. This learning and development program commencing in February of each year includes a mix of on-the-job experience and formal training workshops. The program has been developed to complement and expand on what you are learning in your daily work and assist you in your transition from study to full time employment. In addition to the formal learning and development, you will receive coaching and mentoring from a robust support network of leaders and graduate alumni from across the business.

The program is conducted over four blocks throughout the year and provides an orientation to the Queensland public service by developing fundamental skills for the workforce including leadership, project planning and management, negotiation, cultural awareness, stakeholder engagement and many more.

Why should you join this program?

  • gain skills and abilities necessary to operate effectively in the public sector
  • participate in knowledge transfer from experienced coaches and mentors
  • gain exposure to whole-of-department strategies, priorities and practices
  • experience a structured transition from university to the workplace
  • undertake a comprehensive learning and development program

Our Graduates

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Greater Difference

Are you up for the challenge and the opportunity to be part of something that’s going to really make a difference?

Our work is developed and implemented through a lens of economic, social and environmental considerations. You will work with and learn from experts in a range of fields to ensure our advice, policies and programs meet the needs and expectations of the people of Queensland.

Our graduates are highly motivated, results-orientated and committed to the management and protection of Queensland’s unique landscape, waterways and natural resources.

We are looking for graduates who can

  • throw yourself in from day one and put your studies into practice
  • be energetic, enthusiastic and show initiative 
  • show your passion by generating new, innovative ideas and solutions 
  • demonstrate resilience and the ability to embrace and adapt to change 
  • build productive working relationships by sharing ideas and collaborating with your team.

Our graduate requirements vary each year. If you have a degree in any of these disciplines, you could have the skills we’re looking for.

  • Agricultural Science 
  • Applied Science
  • Archaeology 
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Business Analytics
  • Economics 
  • Environmental Management 
  • Environmental Science
  • Horticulture 
  • Law 
  • Modern History 
  • Property Economics and Development 
  • Rural Science 
  • Science 
  • Surveying 
  • Town Planning

How to Apply

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What you need to know

Start your graduate career with one of Australia’s Top Graduate Employers by completing a registration in the Queensland Government’s Graduate Portal database.

Eligible candidates will then be emailed by the Program Coordinators in October with further details on what roles are available and instructions on how to apply.


To be eligible for the 2019 Greater Graduate Program, you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time of submitting your application, or a New Zealand citizen who is currently residing in Australia
  • completing your university qualification by December 2018 or have completed your relevant university qualification within the past two years (since December 2016)

Position locations

Graduates join the program from all over Australia and are placed in regional and Brisbane locations. Our location requirements vary each year based on the role and business unit needs and government priorities.

LGBTIQ+ Support

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The Queensland public sector is committed to supporting all employees, and creating an inclusive and diverse workforce that better reflects the community we serve.

The Queensland public sector LGBTIQ+ inclusion strategy provides a framework for strengthening LGBTIQ+ inclusion across the public sector.

The strategy outlines a commitment to:

  • maintain a cross-agency LGBTIQ+ steering committee to promote and support inclusion initiatives
  • maintain an LGBTIQ+ employee network which provides LGBTIQ+ employees, their friends and allies with opportunities to connect, share information, and foster a supportive work environment.
  • sector-wide participation in community events, including Brisbane Pride March and International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)
  • policies that allow employees in same-sex relationships equal entitlements to leave, including parental, surrogacy and adoption leave, superannuation and domestic and family violence support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

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We are committed to increasing representation of Indigenous and Torres Straight Islander people through maintaining an inclusive and diverse workplace.

The Queensland public sector prioritises:

  • closing the gap in employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • improving career development, including culturally appropriate education, training and employment
  • unlocking the economic potential of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.

The inclusion and diversity strategy outlines Queensland Government’s commitment to:

  • develop an approach to drive better employment, capability and career development outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • tap into the skills and knowledge of senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to build leadership skills and pathways into senior positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
  • implement, monitor and evaluate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural capability
  • promote cultural celebrations across the Queensland public service, such as NAIDOC week.


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