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Services Australia

2021 National Graduate Program

As a graduate, we’ll develop you as a leader who will make a difference in the lives of all Australians. Our National Graduate Program will provide you with unlimited opportunities to kick start your career in the Australian Public Service.

Graduates work in national and regional offices, in teams who work to support our customers. You’ll participate in a variety of meaningful work that has a positive impact to many Australians.

We’ll team you up with an executive mentor and a graduate buddy. You’ll have the support and guidance to help you achieve career and personal objectives.

Our 10 month program offers 2 pathways—Generalist and Professional.

Generalist Pathway

Our Generalist Pathway accepts all degrees. You’ll get 2 placements, each lasting 5 months. This lets you experience diverse projects and learn how different areas operate.

Professional Pathway

The Professional Pathway provides a single placement. This lets you specialise and develop your skills in a particular area. We’re recruiting 6 disciplines:


To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen on 26 June 2020
  • be willing to relocate if required
  • have completed or will complete an undergraduate or post graduate degree between 7 February 2016 and 7 February 2021
  • have a Weighted Average Mark of 60 or above to apply for the legal discipline.
  • have completed or will complete an Australian Association of Social Work approved qualification to apply for the social work discipline.

To find out more about eligibility go to our website.

Placement locations

The majority of roles for our graduate program are in Canberra. We also have roles in other major cities and regional towns. We can help if you need to relocate.

Development activities

We have a range of formal and informal training and development to help you grow and create a career with unlimited opportunities. During our 10 month program you will be able to take part in a variety of learning including:

  • attend Australian Public Service Commission events
  • organise internal events
  • present to our Senior Executive Staff (SES)
  • see the work of our frontline staff and the diverse communities we serve
  • undertake formal training specific to your work area
  • obtain an accredited learning qualification, currently the Diploma of Government.

These opportunities will:

  • strengthen your networking skills
  • develop your career
  • expose you to our business
  • broaden your understanding of the Australian Public Service (APS) and the Australian Parliamentary process.

There are a number of compulsory elements you’ll need to take part in to successfully graduate from our program. These include:

  • a 2 day orientation in Canberra
  • an accredited learning qualification, currently a Diploma of Government
  • a graduate presentation to our SES. You will work with others in the program to develop innovative solutions to issues and present your ideas to our executive
  • a 3 day Outbound Journey
  • graduation ceremony.

Accredited learning

As a graduate, you will participate in the Diploma of Government, an accredited course which addresses the function and operation of the Australian Government, as well as rules and guidelines to help you transition into the APS.


We also know how important it is to feel supported throughout your time on the program. We have a dedicated team in place to support you from your initial offer and relocation, right through to your graduation ceremony.

We work hard to ensure you settle into the program and make the most of the unlimited opportunities our agency has to offer!

Our agency is committed to providing a working environment that values diversity and inclusion, and supports all staff to reach their full potential.

Our commitment is demonstrated through workplace diversity and inclusion strategies, policies and initiatives. Our team would be happy to talk with you about our RecruitAbility scheme available to candidates who identify as having disability.

We have 2 Affirmative Measures recruitment processes: 1 for candidates who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians, and 1 for candidates who identify as having disability.

For more information about the National Graduate Program go to our website and like us on Facebook.


Applications for the National Graduate Program close at 11:30 pm AEST on 26 June 2020.


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