QBE Australia Graduate Programs & Internships

QBE Insurance Group is one of the world's top 20 general insurance and reinsurance companies, employing more than 14,000 people in 36 countries. Headquartered in Sydney, we have offices across all states and territories.

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Who Are We?

QBE Australia is part of the QBE Insurance Group, one of the world's top 20 general insurance and reinsurance companies. Headquartered in Sydney, we have offices across all states and territories.

We provide a broad range of insurance products to personal, business, corporate and institutional customers. From car, home and travel insurance, to tailored business packages and specialist cover for industries such as aviation and farming.

We’re all about meeting our customers’ needs. We do this by seeking to understand our customers and developing competitive, flexible insurance cover that works for them, and by continually striving to deliver the highest level of service, from quote to claim.

Our technical expertise provides confidence and certainty to our customers and partners. We're shaping our future, focusing on what really matters, building a stronger, simpler QBE with the courage to do things differently. We’re enabling a more resilient future.

Why Choose QBE

We are inclusive 

QBE Australia recognises the value of a diverse workforce; we believe inclusion and diversity is essential for a strong, successful company. We encourage a working environment that is welcoming, fair, and inclusive for all. 

We embrace a hybrid working environment

In 2020 we saw the workplace adjusting to the ‘new normal’. QBE was quick to react and ensure our people had what they needed to work from anywhere. QBE has embraced a hybrid working environment which allows our people to better balance work-life commitments whether it is working from the office, home, or from another remote loation.

We follow our DNA

Everything we do at QBE is underpinned by our DNA – because we know it's not just what we do that matters, it's how we do it that makes the difference. At QBE, when we show-up for our people, customers, communities, or shareholders across the globe:

  • We are customer-centred
  • We are technical experts
  • We are inclusive
  • We are fast-paced
  • We are courageous
  • We are accountable
  • We are a team

We help the community

QBE has always played an active role in the communities in which we operate. In 2011 we launched the QBE Foundation, our corporate responsibility initiative. Through the Foundation our employees can engage in a range of community activities, including applying for local grants to charities and causes they're involved with and passionate about, and grants which match their fundraising efforts. Each year our employees are also offered a day of volunteer leave to lend a helping hand to support those in need.

We are innovative

Improvement keeps us competitive and constantly moving so we are focused on measuring customer experiences and carefully evaluate what we do. Many learnings and ideas are also shared through QBE's Innovation Forum, which looks at new ways to improve how we work. Through the Forum we share thinking and recognise and reward those who create innovative, practical ideas across the network.

Our Graduate Program

At QBE, our core purpose is to enable a more resilient future. Our Graduate Program offers a highly tailored and supportive early career experience across our Australian and Global divisions, giving you the opportunity to explore different projects of work and build your own personal resilience. Our program enables you to reach your full potential and drive your own career, with our support each step of the way.

Our 2023 Graduate Program focus

We are recruiting for our future as well as for today and that is why setting you up for success is our number one priority. In 2023 we are focusing on 6 key areas of our business including: Data and Analytics, Technology, Insurance, Risk, Finance and Business Transformation.

When you have completed our 2023 Graduate Program you could be the next…

  • Claims specialist who truly cares for our customers in their hour of need
  • Underwriter who uses cutting edge analytics to assess risk
  • Strategic thinker who can engineer automation and A.I. into our business
  • Data & analytics guru who can impact the way we do business
  • Business analyst who partners with key leaders to transform our business for the future
  • Finance professionals who use their knowledge of the market to make responsible investments

..and so many more opportunities!

During the program

As part of the graduate program, we’ll provide:

  • Specialised rotations and experiences in genuine roles, performing strategic and forward foused work that contributes to QBE’s business priorities
  • Career development opportunities that is tailored to the graduate stream you are in
  • A committed team to support you as you go, with supportive managers for each rotation as well as your very own mentor assigned to you throughout your program
  • Access and exposure to our senior leaders 
  • Professional networking opportunities 
  • Opportunities to take ownership of or get involved in projects, initiatives, committees, and community work
  • A hybrid working environment which supports working from both one of our new offices, or working remotely 

After the program

After the 18 months once you have successfully complete the graduate program, you’ll have the opportunity to move into a permanent role with us.

We want everyone who joins us to enjoy the benefits of a rewarding and inspiring future within a culture that is inclusive, supportive and embraces new ways of working.

Click here to read more about one of our previous Graduate’s who continued her journey after the program to becoming a Junior Machine Learning Engineer.

Our Graduates

So who are our Graduates?  What is it like to be a Graduate at QBE? Some of our existing graduates provide you some insight into what it’s like…

When asked about how the program has been in 2020 and 2021 Hai Xia who is one of our ESG Risk Graduate’s said…

“QBE’s grad program has been an incredible experience. I have been given lots of opportunities and encouraged to seek out the roles and projects that interest me. This year has not been at all how I’d expected it to be, and I’m grateful for the support we’ve all been shown while working and changing rotations from home. If I had to do 2020 all over again, I’d do it with QBE.” 

When asked about the recruitment and rotation experience, Neville who is one of our Technology Graduate’s said…

“From the assessment centres to working in rotations around QBE’s Tech teams, QBE has been an enjoyable journey. To begin with, the assessment centre was a pleasure, their friendly recruitment staff with quick responses and abundance of information made it easy to traverse the recruitment process and understand the role I’d play as a Tech Grad. From Cyber Security to DevOps I was able to work with a variety of friendly teams, this not only gave me opportunities to experience different fields in Computer Science but also learn invaluable skills."

When asked why it was QBE’s graduate program that she chose, Bri who is one of our current responsible investment’s graduates said…

“I was drawn to the QBE graduate program because of the diversity of work and vast amount of opportunities available but also through the company’s passion for their culture and values.
There is a strong culture of inclusion, where diversity of thoughts and collaboration are praised, which continues to be reflected in the continued support available throughout the graduate program.
Whilst being able to work across a variety of projects throughout my rotations, I am also continually encouraged to explore opportunities to develop my skills and learn more about the operations of the different business functions at QBE.”

Be sure to check out our Life as a Graduate page to hear more.

Inclusion and Diversity

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QBE Insurance Group has a core purpose to give people the confidence to achieve their ambitions. Being diverse and inclusive helps us to do this across the markets in which we operate. We can be more innovative and customer-centred when we have an inclusive workplace culture.

We’re all different

At QBE, we’re all different. These differences make us strong. Different perspectives, backgrounds and ways of working contribute to our ability to innovate, challenge and support each other, and serve diverse customers. They are part of our QBE DNA, and they mean we can be customer-centred, technical experts, fast-paced, courageous, accountable and team oriented too.

Difference is one thing, but unless we have inclusion, the diverse mix doesn’t work.

To #mixitup, we need to be inclusive – creating a sense of belonging, valuing uniqueness and enable every person to contribute. We want to ensure everyone can do their best work and feel supported working in a flexible and modern environment.


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We acknowledge at QBE that if you are part of LGBTIQ+ community it can be stressful starting within a new work environment and questioning whether or not that workplace will accept you – it can be even harder as a graduate because you may question “what if this affects my career?”

We here at QBE want you to know that we are committed to ensuring that all our people feel supported to be their true authentic selves – including those who have a diverse sexuality, gender, gender expression or those who are intersex.

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of LGBTIQ+ inclusion in our industry and to ensure we continue to do so, we partner with LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion experts, Pride in Diversity.

Our work in LGBTIQ+ inclusion has been recognised as QBE has been named in 2019, 2020 and 2021 as a Gold Employer and one of the top LGBTIQ+ inclusive companies in Australia at the Australian LGBTIQ+ inclusion awards. These awards are driven by the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) which benchmarks how well companies are performing in LGBTIQ+ inclusive policies, employee network activities, training, and senior leader engagement.

QBE Pride – our LGBTIQ+ inclusion network

QBE Pride is our LGBTIQ+ employee led network which was first established in 2014. QBE Pride is open to all our employees (whether you are LGBTIQ+ or an ally!) to join and exists to create an open and inclusive workplace culture where individual diversity is acknowledged, respected, and celebrated.

QBE Pride is committed to:

  • Promoting an open, safe and inclusive culture where individuals are respected and valued for who they are & comfortable bringing their whole self to work
  • Raising awareness and educating leaders and employees on the importance of LGBTIQ+ inclusion and community and of the broader community
  • Enhancing QBE’s reputation as an inclusive and diverse employer.

Wanting to apply but have some questions?

If you are LGBTIQ+ we acknowledge that you may have questions about the application / recruitment process. We want to support you as best we can so if you any questions, please reach out to [email protected] where one of our QBE Pride committee members can answer any questions you may have. QBE Pride have committee members who identify in diverse parts of the LGBTIQ+ community including those who are transgender, non-binary, and bi+. If you would like to speak to someone who has the same lived experience as you, please let us know.

People with Disability

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We know the way we work and the places we work in can influence us being at our best and enabled to do our best work. At QBE, we understand there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to work, which is why we offer flexible working and accessibility and workplace adjustments, to provide you with the individual support you may need to thrive.

QBE is a member of the Australian Network on Disability and has successfully completed the Disability Confident Recruiter program to provide an inclusive experience for candidates with disability.

If you require adjustments at any stage of recruitment, including alternative formats to the application process, please contact us at [email protected].

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

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QBE aims to establish an inclusive workforce that celebrates and reflects the diversity of the communities we represent. We encourage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates to apply for our Graduate Program.

We are committed to creating meaningful relationships and promoting sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and businesses – a commitment formalised through our Reconciliation Action Plan. In particular, we are proud of our longstanding involvement in the CareerTrackers internship program for university students, one of the different education and employment pathways we support.


Bunji’s at QBE

‘Bunji’ is a word in Warlpiri and other languages of northern Queensland and the North Territory, meaning “a mate, a friend or a kinsman” and this was chosen to be the name of our Bunji’s at QBE employee network which was established in 2020 to support the activities of our RAP committee but also to lend a voice to greater inclusive practices within QBE for both our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and the broader community.

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