Queensland Government Graduate Programs

We are the largest and most diverse organisation in Queensland with over 238,000 employees providing essential public services across 4000+ locations, from the Torres Strait to the Gold Coast, Mount Isa to Brisbane.

We are passionate about making Queensland better through what we do and supporting our employees to create the career and life that is right for them. We work together to deliver public services, including health, education, transport, infrastructure, police and emergency…

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Application Process

  1. Check your eligibility

    To apply for our graduate programs, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • hold Australian citizenship, or reside in Australia and have permission, under a Commonwealth law, to work in Australia. For more information visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/
    • have completed your university degree in 2021, be due to graduate in 2022 or due to graduate before February 2023
    • have a university undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline.

    As part of the selection process, you will need to complete relevant employment checks, including a criminal history check.

    Please note, if you completed your degree overseas, your degree will need to be assessed by the Overseas Qualifications Unit and included in your application.

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Jobs and Opportunities

Graduate Jobs

Brisbane
and 1 other

Available locations

  • Brisbane
  • Regional Queensland
Accounting
and 66 others

Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Studies
  • Administration
  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Aviation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business and Commerce
  • Communications
  • Compliance
  • Computer Science
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Customer Service
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Defence
  • Design and User Experience
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Aerospace Aeronautical
  • Engineering Chemical Processing
  • Engineering Civil Structural
  • Engineering Electrical
  • Engineering Environmental
  • Engineering Geotechnical
  • Engineering Mechanical
  • Engineering Mechatronics
  • Engineering Petroleum
  • Engineering Software
  • Environment
  • Fast Moving Consumer Goods
  • Food Technology
  • Funds Management
  • Government
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Sports and Tourism
  • Human Resources
  • Industrial Design
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance
  • Intelligence
  • Investment Banking
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Management
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Mathematics
  • Media and Advertising
  • Mining Oil and Gas
  • Operations
  • Planning and Surveying
  • Procurement
  • Project Management
  • Property
  • Recruitment
  • Research and Development
  • Retail
  • Science
  • Statistics
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport
  • Utilities

Join Queensland’s largest and most diverse employer and make a difference to the people and communities of Queensland.

Graduate Jobs

Brisbane
and 1 other

Available locations

  • Brisbane
  • Regional Queensland
Business and Commerce
and 5 others

Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Business and Commerce
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Environment
  • Food Technology
  • Research and Development
  • Science

Find purpose you feel, impact you see and a legacy you bring to life. #DAFcareers

Diversity & Inclusion

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The Queensland Government is committed to creating a diverse workforce representative of the community we serve. 

We promote and support inclusion and diversity in the workplace for:

  • women
  • people with disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • culturally and linguistically diverse people
  • the LGBTIQ+ community
  • young people
  • older people.

Find out more about our Inclusion and diversity strategy 2021–2025.

Ashlee Peoppmann

Department of Resources Graduate Officer
Bachelor of Environmental Science majoring in Spatial Science

My role within Department of Resources sits within GeoResources -> Spatial Information -> Data -> Cadastral, Geodetic and Permit Data -> Permit Management. The Permit Management Team undertakes spatial validations and maintenance of mining permit applications, permit related services for GeoResGlobe, and completes complex permit statistics and spatial intersect reports.

One of the most valuable components of the Graduate Program was my rotation to different teams within the Spatial I…

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Benjamin Priebbenow

Policy Futures Graduate Officer
Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography

I studied a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography at university. I recently finished up in the Policy Futures Graduate Program and started a new role as a Project Officer in the newly established Hydrogen Delivery Unit. My job involves working with people from across Queensland Government to support the establishment of a hydrogen industry powered by renewable energy in Queensland (by 2030). I am quite excited to be in this role as hydrogen has a big role to play in reducing emissions, especially in the heavy transport and energy sectors. A fun fact is that hy…

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Priscilla Faasootauloa

Queensland Audit Office Graduate Officer
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business

I studied a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business at QUT. At QAO we deliver financial audits, performance audits and provide advice and assistance and investigate matters of potential fraud, waste and mismanagement. We help to keep the Queensland Government accountable and I personally like the idea that I'm helping my community and all Queenslanders by helping to improve public services.

QAO has been the best place to start my career. Having worked at QAO for over a year, what I enjoy most about coming to work every day is the people…

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Lily Nguyen

HR Consultant,
Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy
Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management

Meet Lily, Human Resource Business Partner, Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. Lily studied a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Human Resource Management) and whilst studying she completed work experience at Energy Queensland and the Public Service Commission.

Lily says "in my final year, when I was deciding on what career path I wanted to take, these opportunities were a real eye opener to all the different possibilities within the Queensland Government. Since then, I have worked for t…

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Application Process

  1. Check your eligibility

    To apply for our graduate programs, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • hold Australian citizenship, or reside in Australia and have permission, under a Commonwealth law, to work in Australia. For more information visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/
    • have completed your university degree in 2021, be due to graduate in 2022 or due to graduate before February 2023
    • have a university undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline.

    As part of the selection process, you will need to complete relevant employment checks, including a criminal history check.

    Please note, if you completed your degree overseas, your degree will need to be assessed by the Overseas Qualifications Unit and included in your application.

  2. Complete your online application

    Each graduate program will have their own online application requirements, detailed on their program page. Read the instructions carefully to ensure you don't forget any documents or miss any important dates. You can apply for as many programs as you like.

    If you are applying for the talent pool, you need to include your resume (with contact details of 2 referees) and your academic transcript. An unofficial copy of your academic transcript is acceptable at this stage. You do not need to submit a cover letter. Graduate programs recruit at different times throughout the year. Submit your talent pool application early to ensure you're considered for all graduate programs.

    The Queensland Government is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce. We encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply.

    Include any support and accessibility requirements in your application. You can contact graduate program coordinators at any point in the application process to talk about support and accessibility needs.

  3. Participate in assessment

    If a graduate program is interested in your application, you'll be invited to participate in an assessment process.

    Each graduate program has a separate assessment process, so you may participate in different processes for different graduate programs.

    Assessment may include:

    • psychometric assessment (personality, values or cognitive)
    • an online interview
    • an assessment centre
    • a combination of the above.

    Remember to let graduate program coordinators know if you have any support or accessibility needs.

  4. Attend a face-to-face interview

    You may be invited to attend a face-to-face interview.

    Video and telephone options are available if you live regionally, remotely or outside of Queensland.

  5. Accept your offer!

    #BeHere4QLD and start making a difference to the people and communities of Queensland!

About Us

We are the largest and most diverse organisation in Queensland with over 238,000 employees providing essential public services across 4000+ locations, from the Torres Strait to the Gold Coast, Mount Isa to Brisbane.

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We are passionate about making Queensland better through what we do and supporting our employees to create the career and life that is right for them. We work together to deliver public services, including health, education, transport, infrastructure, police and emergency services, environment and science, tourism, and community services.

We are looking for passionate and innovative graduates with the skills to make Queensland better. Our graduate programs provide valuable learning and development opportunities to fast track your career and make a positive difference to the big issues across Queensland. Be a part of an inclusive culture that promotes the skills and insights of our people irrespective of gender, ethnicity, generation, sexual orientation or ability. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Submit your interest today to join a workplace where your diversity and individuality are valued. 

Head to the Queensland Government graduate portal to join us and #BeHere4QLD.

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Cultural Diversity

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Read the Queensland Government's Multicultural policy and action plan.

Find out how we build an inclusive workplace culture that respects and values the contributions of people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Why Join Us?

Our graduate programs aim to unleash potential and fast-track careers. After completing your graduate journey with us, you will have the practical skills and knowledge to feel empowered for your future in government.

As a Queensland Government graduate, you will:

  • be the difference - by contributing to exciting projects that make a difference to the people and communities of Queensland
  • be challenged - with development opportunities to fast-track your career and build transferable skills for the future
  • be rewarded - with competitive pay, conditions, health and wellbeing benefits and development opportunities
  • be balanced - with access to contemporary work practices and flexible work options to achieve a healthy work-life blend.
  • be you - with an organisation committed to diversity and inclusion. We want you to bring your authentic self to the role. Find out more about our inclusion and diversity commitment.

We asked our people why they work for Queensland, and here's what they said
   

#BeTheDifference #BeChallenged #BeRewarded #BeBalanced #BeYou #BeHere4QLD

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QLD Government Graduate Talent Pool

The Queensland Government graduate talent pool allows recent graduates to submit one application to be considered by a wide range of Queensland Government agency graduate programs. There’s no need to submit a new one each time you want to apply for a program, you’re already in the talent pool! Our program coordinators will contact you if your application profile matches the needs of their graduate program. 

Disciplines we accept

All of them! We encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply.

Eligibility requirements

To apply for our graduate programs, you must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • hold Australian citizenship, or reside in Australia and have permission, under a Commonwealth law, to work in Australia 
  • have completed your university degree in 2021, be due to graduate in 2022 or due to graduate before February 2023 
  • have a university undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline. 

How to submit your interest in the talent pool

Applications for our talent pool open in March each year. 

Register and begin completing your application through the job opportunities page or via Smartjobs. 

Visit the QLD Government graduate portal to find out more about the stages of recruitment for our programs.

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Visit the QLD Government graduate portal for more information

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Policy Futures Graduate Program

Policy Futures is a two-year program that provides recent graduates an opportunity to make a positive difference to Queenslanders through the development and implementation of innovative, community focused government policy.

Throughout the program you will undertake rotations in three different Queensland Government agencies, giving you exposure to diverse and complex policy environments so you can explore your different interests. These placements will also enable you to build your networks and learn from a range of experienced professionals across the sector.

The role of policy in government is to create a starting point for change, address issues, and provide better outcomes for communities. As a graduate policy officer, your work could affect how the Queensland Government delivers public services like health, education, transport, infrastructure, police and emergency services.

What we’re looking for

Policy Futures is a dedicated policy graduate program, aimed at developing Queensland's future policy makers. We're looking for graduates with real passion and potential, and a genuine desire to make a difference to the communities of Queensland.

Policy is a diverse field that requires input from all degrees and disciplines. Whatever you studied⁠—from law to accounting, creative industries to social work⁠—it's likely that your insight and experience will be of value.

We want to hear from you if you are:

  • high performing
  • outcomes focused
  • forward thinking
  • customer-focused and community-minded
  • resilient, resourceful and agile.

Read the Graduate Policy Officer role description (PDF, 425KB) for more information.

Who can apply

Policy Futures is open to graduates from all degrees and disciplines who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • completion of a bachelor's degree or higher (including graduate certificate, master's degree or PhD) in the last 2 years.
  • be an Australian citizen, or a resident of Australia and have permission, under Commonwealth law, to work in Australia.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

As the state's largest employer, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce that better reflects the community we serve. We're looking for graduates with a range of skills, backgrounds and lived experiences.

As part of this commitment, we are continuing to create workplaces where everyone feels safe, respected and included. This includes promoting the skills and experiences of employees from all backgrounds and perspectives including:

  • Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people living with disability
  • culturally and linguistically diverse people
  • young people
  • older people
  • veterans
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people.

The Policy Futures recruitment process is an inclusive process that aims to provide all candidates the best opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for the program. We strongly encourage all graduates to apply for Policy Futures.

Hear what our grads say about diversity within the program

Email [email protected] to discuss any support or accessibility requirements. Adjustment can be provided at any point during the recruitment process of your employment.

What you can expect from the program 

The Policy Futures graduate program offers graduates:

  • an opportunity to kick start a in the Queensland public service
  • a comprehensive learning and development program
  • excellent employment conditions. 

How to apply

Applications for the 2023 Policy Futures Graduate Program have now closed. Recruitment for the 2024 program will commence in early 2023.

Contact

Email [email protected]

Want more information?

Visit Policy Futures Graduate Program

Gender Equality

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The Queensland Government is committed to equity of employment opportunity and improving the representation of women in leadership roles.

Queensland Government has a number of initiatives that help attract, retain and improve wellbeing for women in government. Visit the Queensland Women's Strategy page for more about the Queensland Government's approach to gender equity.

Department of Transport and Main Roads Graduate Program

The Department of Transport and Main Roads moves and connects people, places, goods and services safely, efficiently and effectively across Queensland.

We plan, manage and deliver Queensland's integrated transport environment to achieve sustainable transport solutions for road, rail, air and sea.

Our integrated transport planning approach ensures we contribute to:

  • people's quality of life
  • Queensland's economic wellbeing
  • a sustainable environment.

Central to our business is a proven commitment to actively listen and respond to Queenslanders. We then incorporate their views into decisions that may impact on people's lives.

All Queenslanders, irrespective of where they live and work, can expect to have appropriate transport choices and fair access to the transport system.

Disciplines we recruit

Civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, surveying, civil design, spatial science, HR and organisational psychology, policy, economics, communications, legal, audit, asset management cultural heritage, procurement, accounting, finance, data analysis, town planning, project management, property management.

Key dates (noting that dates may change)

Applications open – 28 March 2022
Applications close – 26 April 2022

Contact  

Email [email protected] 

Want more information? 

Visit the DTMR GradConnection profile or the Department of Transport and Main Roads graduate program website

LGTBIQ+

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We support a workplace where LGBTIQ+ employees feel safe, valued and supported to bring their whole selves to work.

Read our LGBTIQ+ inclusion strategy to see how the Queensland Government is strengthening LGBTIQ+ inclusion in our workplaces.

Registered Nursing and Midwifery Graduate Program

Queensland Health offers a range of graduate experiences for newly qualified registered nurses and midwives.

Our public health system is one of the most advanced in the world, with hundreds of facilities providing clinical care, timely interventions and community support to Queenslanders.

Graduate opportunities are available from large quaternary hospitals in metropolitan centres, to large and medium sized regional facilities as well as rural and remote locations.

Graduate employment opportunities are available across a range of specialities, ensuring your career is exciting, challenging, fulfilling and allows you to follow your passions. Be inspired to explore new horizons:

Working for Queensland health provides a range of great benefits and entitlements. We take pride in the employment conditions that are negotiated with our employees.

Apply for the 2023 Registered Nurse and Midwife Graduate Program

If you would like to start your nursing or midwifery career with Queensland Health you can apply for a Registered Nurse or Midwife Graduate Program position through the Queensland Health graduate portal.

Applications for 2023 are open from 10:00am AEST Monday 25 July 2022 to 11:59pm AEST Friday 19 August 2022.

You will find eligibility and application information on the Queensland Health website prior to the opening of the graduate portal.

Enquiries

Contact the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at [email protected].

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

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A number of Queensland Government departments provide scholarship and cadetship opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students from a variety of disciplines.

Some of the opportunities available include:

Queensland Government's Moving Ahead strategy

Read the Queensland Government's Moving Ahead strategy. Find out what actions Queensland Government agencies are taking to increase the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland's economy.

Digital and ICT Graduate Program

The Digital and ICT Graduate Program is your opportunity to get a head start on your career. During your two-year placement, you will contribute to a digital Queensland and work on exciting and innovative digital and ICT projects that deliver positive changes for Queenslanders.

It’s not just technical IT. We’re looking for graduates in all aspects of IT development, design and delivery of services to Queenslanders. 

Disciplines we recruit (noting disciplines may change) 

Information technology, cloud computing, cyber security, computer science, data analytics, robotics, telecommunications, information management, mathematics, business, marketing, procurement, project management, law, creative industries, web and multimedia design, user experience design. 

Commencing in March each year, graduates receive leadership training to advance their career fast as well as networking opportunities, work-life balance, generous leave and a $65k starting salary plus super. 

Key dates (noting dates may change) 

  • 1 July – applications open  
  • 31 July – applications close 

Contact

Email [email protected] or call 0448 540 470 or 0439 403 090 

Want more information?

Visit Digital and ICT graduate program  

Graduate Excellence Program

The Graduate Excellence Program is a 12-month program that enables you to build on your tertiary education and gain real-life experience in your field.

Application for our 2023 Graduate Excellence Program have now closed. Application for our 2024 Graduate Excellence Program will open in August 2023. Our graduate opportunities are posted below and on the Queensland Government Smart Jobs and Careers site.

The Graduate Excellence Program is a structured leadership development program that offers challenging and rewarding opportunities with real responsibility and accountability. It includes a mix of on-the-job experience and formal training workshops 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.

Benefits

  • A competitive salary that increases after 12 months, and includes up to 12.75% employer superannuation contributions plus leave loading
  • Generous leave provisions, including up to 5 weeks paid recreation leave (depending on location), 10 days sick leave and flex days
  • Exclusive graduate learning and development opportunities
  • Flexible work-life balance opportunities, with a 36.25 hour working week and work-from-home opportunities
  • A supportive, inclusive, and respectful departmental culture where you can bring your true self to work
  • Discounted fitness membership programs, free employee assistance program, and other health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Study and research assistance schemes to help you with further study

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2023 graduate program you must:

  • have completed at least an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 qualification (a Bachelor degree) or higher
  • have completed your degree between 1 January 2021 and the commencement of the program in February 2023
  • be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and have permission, under Commonwealth law, to work in Australia
  • pass a criminal history and employment check (these will be completed as part of the recruitment process).

COVID-19 Vaccination

  • All staff are required to be fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have had 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. You are not required to have had a third dose or booster. Acceptable evidence of vaccination must be provided. If you have a recognised medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccines, please speak with the panel chair to discuss your circumstances and available options.

Contact

Email [email protected]

Want more information?

Visit Department of Resources graduate excellence program and follow us on LinkedIn.

Want to start your career with the Department of Resources now?

Entry-level roles (generally classified as AO3 and PO2) are advertised here. We are located throughout Queensland (including Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns and Toowoomba). 

Applications for our 2023 Graduate Excellence Program have now closed.

Applications for our 2024 Graduate Excellence Program will open in August 2023.

Employee Profiles

Ahlia Karam

A 2017 Greater Graduate Program participant, Ahlia went on to become a Senior Policy Officer with the Department of Environment and Science, and has been benefiting from the Queensland Government’s flexible working.

“I have been able to flourish in my position due to my supportive team. Each member brings their own perspective and a world of experience to solving problems that we face.

As well as fulfilling the duties of my policy role, I have also been working casually in the Moggill operational office where I am able to continue pursuing my interests in reptile husbandry.”

Joshua Pe Benito

As a 2015 graduate, Joshua was supported to fast-track his career and was even employed as an Acting Manager with the Department of Transport and Main Roads in his early years.

"I've always dreamed of having a career that allows me to shape and mould what is important to me.

Based on my experience, I can honestly say that I've found this in Transport and Main Roads.

As a Queensland Government graduate you will have the opportunity to use your skills and talents and be a key piece in shaping and preparing Queensland for the future."

Meet Sharon, a graduate at the Department of Transport and Main Roads

Queensland Audit Office Graduate Program

The Queensland Audit Office is the independent auditor of the public sector. Our vision is for better public services for Queenslanders. Our purpose is independent, valued assurance and insights.

On behalf of the Auditor-General, we provide insights to hundreds of state and local government clients on how to deliver better public services for Queenslanders. As the state’s independent auditor, we are vital to Queensland’s integrity system, giving parliament and the public trusted assurance. QAO's authorised auditors assist the Auditor-General in achieving the mandate set out in the Auditor-General Act 2009

What do we do?

Innovation, teamwork and relationships are at the heart of what we do. We use some of the most contemporary practices and tools in today’s professional services industry to:

  • deliver high quality audit services
  • give the public sector insights on their performance, risks and financial management
  • report to parliament on the results of our work
  • investigate financial waste and mismanagement
  • share best practice across our client base and industry.

Where could our graduate program take you?

Joining the Queensland Audit Office (QAO) as a graduate is the first step toward an incredibly rewarding and versatile career. Unlock your potential while you help improve public services for all Queenslanders – from the local government services you use in your community, to your hospitals, energy providers, universities and more.

You’ll work on a range of portfolios, government sectors, and clients, as you deliver financial, assurance, and information systems services. Our entire team works across our business – from our graduates to our more experienced leaders. This knowledge makes you a well-rounded, sought-after professional.

Why should I apply for a graduate role at QAO?

Because the foundation you build with us can take you anywhere you want to go. Our graduate program not only allows you to put the knowledge you learned at university into practice, but also gives you hands-on experience in the challenging and unique world of public sector auditing and engagement. You will learn about how the state government and the public sector operates, while working on a range of portfolios, government sectors, and clients, as you deliver financial, assurance, and information systems services. All the while knowing of the work you do can help provide better public services for Queenslanders.

QAO staff are professionals. We invest in advanced audit capabilities, such as data analytics and information systems risk, and we use modern technology and work facilities. Our people are highly skilled and enthusiastic. You will be offered training, support, and learning opportunities every step of the way.

You’ll be part of a collaborative, inclusive and diverse team, working alongside friendly and supportive people. We’re all here to help each other achieve our goals, not compete. You’ll grow from hands-on experience and comprehensive training as you achieve your professional accreditation. You’ll have a dedicated mentor to help you settle in and work towards your goals. We also support flexible working arrangements.

Take on a role where you know that the work you do every day can improve the public services you, your family, friends, and the wider community rely on.

Find out more about who we are and what we do here:

Graduates | Queensland Audit Office

About us | Queensland Audit Office

Queensland Audit Office | LinkedIn 

Contact

Email: [email protected]

Perks & Benefits

As a Queensland Government graduate, you will have access to a total rewards package as part of your employment experience with us. Our careers are vast, and we offer employees the opportunities they need to achieve success in every part of their life. This includes rewards and benefits such as flexible work arrangements, health and wellbeing programs, competitive salary and superannuation, study assistance, employment security, and more. 

You can learn more about pay, benefits and leave on our website.

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