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NSW Government Graduate Programs & Internships

NSW Government Graduate Program: one choice, endless opportunities. 

Join Australia's largest employer for the chance to shape and change the future of NSW. With three six-month rotations across government agencies, the Program offers a diverse experience that allows you to build your own career, no matter what degree you studied.

NSW Government

Closing in 7 days

The NSW Government Virtual Internship Program allows students to gain insight into the experience of working as a graduate in NSW Government.

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

06-12-2020

LOCATION

Canberra and 5 other locations

Past NSW Government Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at NSW Government, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when NSW Government hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


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Feb 20Mar 20Apr 20May 20Jun 20Jul 20Aug 20Sep 20Oct 20Nov 20Dec 20Jan 2100.751.52.2530 job2 jobs3 jobs1 job0 job0 job3 jobs1 job1 job0 job1 job0 job
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Job types

  • Internships (85%),

  • Graduate Jobs (15%),

Disciplines

  • Accounting (100%),

  • Administration (100%),

  • Agriculture (100%),

  • Architecture (69%),

  • Actuary (100%),

  • ...show more

Locations

  • Sydney (100%),

  • Brisbane (77%),

  • Canberra (77%),

  • Adelaide (77%),

  • Melbourne (77%),

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Work rights

  • Australian Skilled Migration Visa (485) (100%),

  • Australian Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Permanent Resident (100%),

  • Australian Student Visa (85%),

  • Australian Working Visa (85%),

  • Australian Bridging Visa (62%),

  • New Zealand Citizen (46%),

Past NSW Government Graduate Programs & Internships

Check out some of NSW Government's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


NSW Government

Closed 2 months ago

The NSW Government Virtual Internship Program allows students to gain insight into the experience of working as a graduate in NSW Government.

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

09-10-2020

LOCATION

Canberra and 5 other locations

NSW Government

Closed 4 months ago

The NSW Government Virtual Internship Program allows students to gain insight into the experience of working as a graduate in NSW Government.

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

12-08-2020

LOCATION

Canberra and 5 other locations

NSW Government

Closed 4 months ago

NSW Government is excited to be participating in the Stepping Into Program by the Australian Network on Disability and is offering paid internships for students with disabiility which will run during the summer 2020/2021 and winter 2021 vacation periods

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

22-09-2020

LOCATION

Sydney

NSW Government

Closed 5 months ago

The NSW Government Virtual Internship Program allows students to gain insight into the experience of working as a graduate in NSW Government.

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

15-06-2020

LOCATION

Canberra and 5 other locations

NSW Government

Closed 5 months ago

Want to do work that creates meaningful outcomes for the people of NSW? With one choice, you can create endless opportunities in the NSW Government Graduate Program.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

START DATE

06-07-2020

LOCATION

Sydney

NSW Government

Closed 5 months ago

Want to do work that creates meaningful outcomes for the people of NSW? With one choice, you can create endless opportunities in the NSW Government Graduate Program.

JOB TYPE

Graduate Jobs

START DATE

06-07-2020

LOCATION

Sydney

NSW Government

Closed 8 months ago

The NSW Government Virtual Internship Program allows students to gain insight into the experience of working as a graduate in NSW Government.

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

25-04-2020

LOCATION

Canberra and 5 other locations

NSW Government

Closed 9 months ago

The NSW Government Virtual Internship Program allows students to gain insight into the experience of working as a graduate in NSW Government.

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

21-04-2020

LOCATION

Canberra and 5 other locations

NSW Government

Closed 9 months ago

The NSW Government Virtual Internship Program allows students to gain insight into the experience of working as a graduate in NSW Government.

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

24-03-2020

LOCATION

Canberra and 5 other locations

NSW Government

Closed 9 months ago

The NSW Government Virtual Internship Program allows students to gain insight into the experience of working as a graduate in NSW Government.

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

20-04-2020

LOCATION

Canberra and 5 other locations

NSW Government

Closed 10 months ago

The NSW Government Virtual Internship Program allows students to gain insight into the experience of working as a graduate in NSW Government.

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

20-03-2020

LOCATION

Canberra and 5 other locations

NSW Government

Closed 10 months ago

The NSW Government Virtual Internship Program allows students to gain insight into the experience of working as a graduate in NSW Government.

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

20-02-2020

LOCATION

Canberra and 5 other locations

NSW Government

Closed a year ago

The NSW Government Virtual Internship Program allows students to gain insight into the experience of working as a graduate in NSW Government.

JOB TYPE

Internships

START DATE

18-12-2019

LOCATION

Canberra and 7 other locations

About Us

NSW Government


Working for NSW is more than just a job. A career in NSW Government is for people who want to make a tangible and lasting difference in our community.

Top 100 2020

As Australia’s largest employer, NSW Government includes many departments and agencies who work together to develop policy and deliver important services such as health, education, housing, justice, transport and infrastructure across our state.

As a proud employer who values diversity, NSW Government is committed to reflecting the community we serve by creating an inclusive workplace for all. Whether you are delivering services or designing policies, there is a place for everyone, inclusive of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and personal commitments.

We are looking for talented and passionate graduates to build on this work and become leaders of tomorrow. In our program, graduates complete three unique rotations based on their functional areas of interest and desired location. Our graduates also have access to unique networking and development opportunities.

In 2020, our Program was ranked number 4 in the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Graduate Employers List and received the Chandler Macleod Most Popular Government & Defence Employer Award.

Applications for the 2021 program close on Monday 10 August 2020 at 11.59 pm.

About the Program

NSW Government


The NSW Government Graduate Program gives graduates an opportunity to shape and change the future of NSW.

With three six-month rotations across government agencies, the 18-month program offers an incredibly diverse experience that allows you to build your own career, no matter what degree you studied.

From day one, you will play an integral role in exciting and important projects, allowing you to build a strong foundation of skills for your career. You will also have a personal mentor and executive sponsor, and many opportunities to engage with your cohort and develop your professional network. Graduates who successfully complete the Program will be offered a permanent position with the NSW Government.

For the 2021 Program, graduates can apply to be considered for two streams: the Primary Stream and the Legal Stream.

The Primary Stream is for candidates who are looking to launch their career in government and be exposed to a range of different functional areas of interest. Graduates will work on a variety of policy, project and program initiatives that contribute to the future of our state. You will also work towards a Diploma of Government qualification, which helps to ease the transition from university to work life and provides foundational government knowledge.

The Legal Stream is designed for graduates looking to have a legal career within NSW Government. You will work in different agencies gaining experience in litigation, providing legal advice and developing policy, and work towards a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. To be eligible for this stream, you will have recently completed a law degree (in the last two years) and be willing to study towards a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Applications for the 2021 program close on Monday 10 August 2020 at 11.59pm

Eligibility Requirements

NSW Government


We encourage applications from all disciplines and backgrounds.

To qualify for the 2021 NSW Government Graduate Program, you must:

  • Have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree* in the last two years (i.e. completed any time from 1 June 2018) or be completing your degree* by 31 December 2020, and
  • Be any of the following:
      • an Australian Citizen,
      • a permanent resident of Australia,
      • a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand passport, or
      • a holder of a current visa that allows you to work full-time in Australia until at least 31 August 2022, and
  • Agree to commence work on Monday 8 February 2021.

If you successfully progress to the assessment centre stage, please note that relevant academic transcripts and working rights documentation must be provided, as per the above eligibility requirements.

*Notes on criteria

Completion dates:

The eligible dates are based on your date of completion or degree completion date as confirmed by your University or in your University transcript, not your degree conferral date or graduation ceremony date.

Eligible degrees:

Qualifying degrees as rated by the Australian Qualifications Framework are at level 7 and above. Visit www.aqf.edu.au/aqf-levels for more information.

Location of our roles

NSW Government


There are exciting graduate roles on offer all over New South Wales – from Sydney metro to the Hunter and Central regions. Roles are available in the following areas:

  • The Greater Sydney Metropolitan area, which includes, but is not limited to, areas such as Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Blacktown, Liverpool, Kingswood, Penrith and Baulkham Hills.
  • The NSW Hunter region which includes areas in Newcastle, Gosford and Maitland.
  • The NSW Central Tablelands which includes Dubbo, Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange.
  • New England region which includes Tamworth and Armidale.
  • The North Coast region which includes areas in Lismore, Grafton and Coffs Harbour.

If you are successful, all rotations will be managed in one location group. For example, if you select the Hunter region, all three rotations will be within the Hunter region. If you select ‘all location groups’ and you are placed in the Central Tablelands group for your first rotation, all three rotations will be in the Central Tablelands group.

Hear about our program and what it’s like to work in a regional community from one of our regional graduates, Shehara.

Meet the graduates

NSW Government


Fabian

What did you study and where?

I studied psychology with a focus on neuroscience and clinical psychology and graduated with a Master of Science in Psychology. I started at the University of Dusseldorf, however, I also studied in Adelaide in South Australia and Tampere in Finland for half a year each.

What attracted you to the NSW Government Graduate Program?

The main differentiator for me among the multitude of programs was the fact that during the 18-month period graduates complete three rotations in different disciplines. This to me sounded like the perfect opportunity to gain diverse experience, especially because I didn’t know exactly what area I was most interested in. The promised diversity and Diploma of Government also made it a no-brainer. Another motivational factor was the prospect of being part of a diverse and inclusive workforce that harnesses the full potential differences create.

What advice would you give a graduate thinking about applying for the program?

Think about your personal values and whether working for the government is your cup of tea. If you feel it’s right for you, I encourage you to put your true self forward – we all have attributes we can bring to the table and it’s about finding out how to effectively use our own talents, rather than trying to fit into a prototype we believe the recruitment team is looking for. For instance, I don’t believe I fit into any prototype and feel this was the key ingredient to being accepted into the program. Embrace your differences and the qualities you think are weird, as these attributes will differentiate you from everyone else!

Tell us about your current role.

My official title is ‘Graduate Policy Officer’ and I work for the Custodial Operations team that is part of Youth Justice NSW. I’m currently focusing on how to develop effective policies that increase the wellbeing of young people under supervision of Youth Justice NSW. I base my policy work on neuroscientific evidence and strong collaboration with other teams within Youth Justice NSW.

What’s your favourite part of your role?

It is amazing to utilise my academic knowledge of psychology to inform my work, which makes working for Youth Justice very meaningful. In addition, I’ve been spearheading cultural events that promote diversity and raise awareness for topics that are close to my heart, including an event for International Women’s Day as well as a Cancer Council fundraising event. It was clear very early on that my team provides an environment that enables everyone to succeed by bringing together unique skills, viewpoints and experiences. This celebration of diversity motivates me to perform my best every day and strongly identify with the NSW Government.

What value have you drawn from having a mentor?

My mentor is fabulous. In the past five months, she has guided me through some difficult periods where I felt unsure about my responsibilities as a graduate. She provided me with role clarity and shared her wealth of knowledge, which has helped me to find my feet and feel integrated in the NSW Government. It is a great opportunity to confide in someone like-minded outside of my direct team. She has helped me to put my work into perspective, suggest career-development opportunities and motivates me to believe in myself and play to my strengths.

What’s the best professional advice you’ve been given that you’d like to share with others?

A senior colleague whom I greatly respect advised me to rotate as much as possible, diversify my experience and network as much as I can. In his opinion, leadership relies on human connection, genuine relationships and a wealth of experiences. This advice was in line with what I think is one of the most important aspects of the graduate program: a strong focus on continuous learning and personal development.

What’s the best thing about finishing full-time study?

Finishing my full-time studies allowed me to move from Germany to Australia as I was not bound to my German university anymore. With the move to Australia, I was finally able to live with my Australian husband on a permanent basis (in previous years we had maintained a long-distance relationship). While I enjoyed being a student immensely, I highly value the independence and financial security that comes with finishing full-time study. Plus, joining the NSW Government Graduate Program made transitioning from university to full-time work extremely easy because of the extensive support, including more than 180 other graduates in my cohort to share experiences with and my mentor that has been providing me with guidance and support along the way.


Shehara

What did you study and where?

I studied a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at Western Sydney University.

What attracted you to the NSW Government Graduate Program?

Unlike typical entry-level jobs, this program doesn’t expect you to conform to pre-set job profiles. It provides you with a supportive network and environment that allows you to grow and realise your own potential. The Graduate Program also ranked 4th in the list of the top 100 graduate employers by the Australian Financial Review in 2019. But above all, this program valued my background and a discipline that I am passionate about.

What advice would you give a graduate thinking about applying for the program?

Go for it! It’s been an invaluable experience, to say the least, and it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to work for Australia’s largest employer and such a diverse workforce.

Tell us about your current role.

I’m a Graduate Officer at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Regional NSW. I’m currently assisting with key aspects of the Regional NSW Investment Strategy and mapping mental health and drug and alcohol services for domestic violence perpetrators.

What’s your favourite part of your role?

Working regionally involves a lot of travel and I’ve experienced first-hand the diverse regions and communities that make up NSW beyond metropolitan areas. I’m often out of office with my team, meeting with councils, other departments and agencies and community groups. I’m passionate about working with communities and my team’s front-line engagement is the most exciting part of my role.

What value have you drawn from your mentor and sponsor relationships?

This opportunity has been about growing my professional network and my mentor and sponsor have both helped me tremendously to understand how the public sector works by exposing me to their line of work and expertise.

What’s the best professional advice you’ve been given that you’d like to share with others?

Ups and downs in your career are inevitable and for all those like me who have only just started, it is important that we celebrate even the smallest achievements along the way.

What’s the best thing about finishing full-time study?

The best thing about finishing full-time study is having the time now to focus on my personal development, wellbeing and career. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling and I am looking forward to all the travel I will be doing in time to come.

Why work for NSW

NSW Government


1. Make a contribution

Working for NSW is about more than just a job. It’s about the people we serve. It’s about building the future of our great State. Whether we’re shaping policy or handling enquiries, we all share the common goal of making NSW a great place to live for the 7.5 million people who form our community both now and into the future.

If you want your career to grow you – and to be more than turning a profit for an organisation – then you’ll find the career you’re looking for with us. The work you do for NSW will contribute to improving the lives of this generation and generations to come.

2. Join a workforce that values diversity

The NSW Government is a proud employer of a diverse range of people. We are committed to reflecting the diverse community we serve and creating an inclusive workplace for all people, where everyone feels valued.

The strength of our workforce lies in its diversity and embracing difference, with the key to our success leveraging the contributions of employees with different backgrounds and perspectives. We need to grow and develop a talented and diverse workforce right across the sector, in a wide range of roles, and at all levels.

3. Explore new opportunities

We don’t want your career to stagnate – we want you to be engaged and motivated in your role. That’s why we’re putting the necessary systems and processes in place to enhance workforce mobility. Working for the largest employer in Australia opens up unparalleled opportunities for mobility and experience. Many of our roles now focus on transportable capabilities. This will enable you to move within your agency or beyond it according to your interests, ambitions and capabilities as new opportunities become available. This means you’ll have more opportunities to learn from varied experiences through reassignments, transfers or secondments to different agencies within the Sector, or temporary assignments outside of the Sector.

4. Be part of something bigger

Working for NSW means belonging to a network of clever, capable professionals who are thinking about and responding to the changing needs of our community. It means embracing new challenges every day and learning from some of the nation’s best and brightest. We are leaders, analysts, policy makers, educators… hundreds of thousands of professionals pooling our knowledge and skills toward a common goal. We work collaboratively to grow the economy, deliver infrastructure, protect the vulnerable, and improve health, education and other public services across NSW. Read the NSW State Priorities to find out about some of the initiatives you might be contributing to when you work for NSW.

5. Grow your career

Continual learning and development is a key part of enjoying what you do and moving forward in your career. Our performance management framework encourages managers and employees to meet regularly to discuss progress, capabilities, ambitions and development opportunities. Together, you can identify the capabilities you need to get where you want to go, and put a plan in place to develop these capabilities. We also have a series of programs in place to develop excellence in leadership. The NSW Leadership Academy is our most recent initiative, designed to create a pipeline of future leaders for the Sector starting at a pre-executive level.

6. Make time for what counts

We know that maintaining a positive work/life balance is an important part of staying engaged and productive at work. Whether you want to make more time for family and friends or to pursue further study, we want to help you make it happen. The majority of our departments and agencies have flexible work arrangements in place. More information regarding flexible work arrangements is available on the NSW Public Service Commission website.

Flexible Working

NSW Government


The NSW Government’s commitment to making all roles flexible on an ‘if not, why not’ basis, is a key enabler of diversity and inclusion in our workforce. It enables us to attract people with the best skills and attributes to develop a workforce whose diversity reflects that of our customer and the people of NSW. We understand that organisations who value flexible working have productive and fulfilling workplaces that assist them to attract and retain employees.

Diversity

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NSW Government


An inclusive place to work

The NSW Government values the diversity of the communities we serve and expects that our workforce reflects those communities. We are therefore committed to embedding diversity and inclusion in everything we do. One of the main reasons people choose to work for the NSW public sector is to make a positive difference to the lives of the people of NSW. Whether you are delivering services or designing policies, there is a place for everyone, inclusive of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and personal commitments.

The Premier of New South Wales has set a series of goals to improve diversity and inclusion within the NSW government sector by 2025, including:

  • 50% of senior leadership roles held by women 
  • doubling the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in senior leadership roles from a baseline of 57 (in 2014) to 114. 
  • reaching 5.6% representation of people with disability.

We are making good progress. In 2018, representation of women in the government sector’s senior leadership reached 38.7% (from 33.4% in 2014) and representation of Aboriginal senior leaders reached 87.

Everyone has a role to play in building our diverse and inclusive workforce – progress depends on all of us.

Gender Equality

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NSW Government


We want everyone in our workforce to have an equal opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the community. We are therefore working to break down barriers that prevent women from progressing their careers into senior leadership. We are tackling unconscious bias in our recruitment systems by trialling evidence-based initiatives involving behavioural insights interventions. We are also creating opportunities for high-performing women and diverse employees by piloting career sponsorship programs.

Our focus is aligned with the Premier's Priority to increase the proportion of women in senior leadership roles in the NSW government sector from 33% to 50% by 2025.

People with disability

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NSW Government


The NSW Government is committed to building diversity in a world-leading public service. We aim to have 5.6% of government sector roles held by people with disability by 2025.

By working in the NSW public service you are joining a workforce that encourages full participation from people with disability. We also want to retain staff that may acquire disability during their time working for the NSW public sector.

We are working to improve workforce culture across the sector by:

  • building employee networks
  • promoting flexible working on an “if not, why not” basis 
  • raising awareness of the contribution people with disability make to our workforce.

These initiatives aim to improve workplace culture, remove barriers and support the full and meaningful participation of people with disability at work.

If you require an adjustment in the recruitment and assessment process, please tell us when applying for a role. You can do this at any stage during the Graduate Program application process by contacting to Akanksha Joshi at Peter Berry Consultancy on 02 8918 0888, or email [email protected].

LGBTIQ+ inclusion

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NSW Government


To create positive workplaces in the NSW public sector, it is vital to foster inclusive environments that support all employees, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ+). Employee reference groups play an important role in recognising and celebrating the diversity of our workforce community, including advocating for LGBTIQ+ employees. They help us to foster an inclusive workplace that is safe, where people who wish to disclose their sexual orientation and/or gender identity do not feel inhibited, unsafe or at risk.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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NSW Government


The NSW Government is committed to growing and developing our Aboriginal workforce at all levels through our Aboriginal Employment Strategy. This will improve our engagement with Aboriginal peoples and communities who are our customers and help us to provide relevant, culturally-appropriate services.

Since 2014, we have had a strong focus on career and leadership development for Aboriginal employees who aspire to progress into senior roles. This focus aligns with the Premier's Priority to drive public sector diversity - in particular, to double the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in senior leadership roles in the government sector by 2025.

We have initiatives in place to support and develop Aboriginal employees within the NSW government sector. Regional Aboriginal staff networks are run quarterly in key locations across NSW. These events provide an opportunity for our Aboriginal employees to learn from each other, and from Aboriginal leaders from both the sector and local communities.

Our Aboriginal Career and Leadership Development Program has been specifically developed for Aboriginal NSW public sector employees who aspire to become leaders. It provides participants with the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions and activities aimed at building their leadership capabilities.

The Aboriginal Employment and Development Program aims to increase the number of Aboriginal people entering the NSW public sector and the program contributes to a long term approach to increasing Aboriginal staff representation. The program provides a rewarding structured employment and development program – it is designed to attract and retain Aboriginal people who have a desire for public service and are inspired by values aligned with those of the public sector.

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