Visy Graduate Programs & Internships

Visy is a global leader in packaging and resource recovery and has been a pioneer in sustainability since our inception. 

Our unique closed loop systems – where we collect and sort used paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and metals and re-make them back into sustainable packaging – help power the circular economy. 

Not sure what the ‘circular economy’ is? At its simplest, it is a different way of thinking about how we make and use products as a…

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Visy is a global leader in packaging and resource recovery and has been a pioneer in sustainability since our inception. 

Our unique closed loop systems – where we collect and sort used paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and metals and re-make them back into sustainable packaging – help power the circular economy. 

Not sure what the ‘circular economy’ is? At its simplest, it is a different way of thinking about how we make and use products as a society. It’s driven by our need to move from a ‘throw away’ culture, where we use goods for a limited time and then discard them. This type of thinking drives waste, inefficiencies and the unnecessary use of limited resources. 

It’s why at Visy we make new cardboard boxes out of old used boxes. And new glass bottles and jars from old used glass. This reduces communities’ reliance on natural resources and reduces the amount of waste going to landfill. It is one really important weapon in our global efforts to address climate change. 

Not only do we aim to make our packaging from sustainable sources, we make simply loads of it! Last year we made more than 2 billion beverage cans, 3.5 billion glass bottles and jars, and 2.5 billion boxes. That’s not to mention all the food cans and other packaging we make. When you think about it, there’s a high chance that the packaging your breakfast ingredients came in, were made by the team here at Visy. 

As you can imagine, to make all that packaging we need a lot of facilities. We have more than 150 operations across Australia and New Zealand, with a team of more than 7,000 people. This means there’s lots of opportunities to develop and grow your career with us.

We have been a pioneer in sustainability since our inception. We're proud that sustainability sits at the centre of our operating model. We're committed advocates on some of the bigger issues that make a difference to us, our customers and our communities: from pushing for more sustainable manufacturing approaches to creating better economic futures for regional communities.

Because we seek to play an important role in what the future looks like, we need to think long-term to stay ahead. To reach our goals, we need people with vision who are willing to grow along with us. 

Our people are highly skilled and their work makes a lasting impact. In return, we are committed to investing in their growth and exposing them to a rich variety of work. 

We’ve designed our Graduate Program with the future in mind.

Why Join Us?

  • Enjoy a carefully designed program that includes formal training, mentoring, graduate community days and social events.
  • Take accountability for your work through projects that will stretch and grow your technical skills development.
  • Be valued for your ideas and contributions. If your idea can make a difference, we listen.
  • Take advantage of development pathways to advance your leadership, interpersonal and technical skills, supporting your graduate experience and setting you up for your future career.
  • Complete four rotations, providing you with exposure to different areas of our business to expand your knowledge and skills breadth.
  • Connect, share and enjoy support through our graduate community which is set up to help you get the most out of your two-year journey and beyond.
  • Participate in tailored Visy specific sessions on topics such as Lean, Sustainability and Project Management, development session on topics such as self-awareness, risk and creativity, and monthly graduate virtual sessions to increase cohort and business engagement.

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Graduate Program

Our two-year Graduate Program provides an opportunity for you to experience four diverse rotation experiences, supported throughout by a dedicated learning and development pathway. During your two-year graduate program you will also receive regular mentoring with established leaders within Visy’s business.

We are looking for passionate graduates in:

  • Engineering (Mechatronics, Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Chemical, Robotics, Automation, Civil)
  • Supply Chain / Logistics

You will undertake your rotations in divisions such as our Pulp and Paper, Recycling, Board, Primary, Packaging, Logistics, Industrial Enterprise Solutions and Automation.

In the following locations:

  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Tumut (regional NSW)
  • New Zealand.

Our ideal graduate is:

  • Energetic and passionate to learn how business and technical skills merge in an organisation like Visy 
  • Keen to get involved in day-to-day operations and manufacturing and enjoys hands-on learning
  • Someone who enjoys working with complex challenges 
  • A relationship builder who can engage with people at many levels, influencing the outcome based on what’s best for the business 
  • Results orientated, excited/.y the opportunity to get things done and enjoys seeing the =outcome of effort 
  • Able to manage pressure when operating in a dynamic and challenging work environment 
  • Keen to build a career from the ground up, recognising the need to establish sound foundations for a long-term career

Internships & Clerkship

Our Summer Internship program runs annually from November to February, providing opportunities for a wide range of students including Engineers, Cyber Security and Corporate Interns.

Over the 12-week program you will  gain invaluable exposure to on-the-job learning to support your university education and prepare you for the workforce. 

You will be buddied up with a current Visy graduate to help support you during your internship. During your placement you will experience regular development sessions such as self-awareness and workplace readiness to help prepare you for your career journey ahead.
 
You will complete your placement by presenting your learnings and accomplishments to the program cohort, managers and senior leaders.

Application Process

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Our ideal graduate is:

  • Energetic and passionate to learn how business and technical skills merge in an organisation like Visy 
  • Keen to get involved in day-to-day operations and manufacturing and enjoys hands-on learning
  • Someone who enjoys working with complex challenges 
  • A relationship builder who can engage with people at many levels, influencing the outcome based on what’s best for the business 
  • Results orientated, excited/.y the opportunity to get things done and enjoys seeing the =outcome of effort 
  • Able to manage pressure when operating in a dynamic and challenging work environment 
  • Keen to build a career from the ground up, recognising the need to establish sound foundations for a long-term career

Employee Profiles

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Nella Agh, Supply Chain Graduate

“In my current rotation I’m working on a project to reduce container detention costs. Steamship lines and airlines charge detention fees to compensate for the use of their shipping containers, after a certain amount of time. These charges tend to increase per day after exceeding a certain number of days. We are looking at root causes so we can minimise these costs. This is my final rotation and I’ve really enjoyed the exposure to different business units and the opportunity to gain a holistic understanding of the whole of Visy. This has provided me with an insight into the day-to-day obstacles of each department and the probable optimisation opportunities in each division. The best advice I’ve been given so far is not to avoid having the hard conversations.” 


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Michael Hart, Engineering Graduate

“In my current rotation I’ve been working on the implementation of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for multiple Visy sites, including the commissioning at the Epping Logistics Warehouse for paper reels and beverage can pallets, as well as supporting new up-and-coming projects for Visy Glass in Spotswood where we are automating the Pack Centre and Warehouse.” 


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Victoria Martinez, Graduate Automation Engineer

“Visy deals with one of the biggest challenges the world is facing today, recycling waste. It does it to produce a full range of products. Visy is an example of what can be achieved when we turn challenges into opportunities, and it inspires me every day. We are making history.” 

 

 


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Benjamin Ung, Graduate Mechanical Engineer 

“I am a big advocate for environmental sustainability and Visy’s relentless pursuit in creating solutions to combat waste attracted me to work for the company. The best bit of advice I’ve received so far is not to be afraid to reach out for help and to be relentless in getting what you want.” 

 

 


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Madeleine Stoermer, Graduate Mechanical Engineer 

“Some of my projects have involved doing deep dives into how particular machines are performing – by observing operations and analysing production data to find potential improvements. I’ve been working on tools that make it easier to visualise how the site, and individual machines, are performing. My favourite part of the graduate program so far has been gaining an understanding of how different parts of the business interact. This has helped me develop an understanding of the whole of Visy as a larger process and how the systems I work with on a daily basis form a small part of that larger whole.” 

 


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Bradley Luketina, Automation Projects Engineer (Former Graduate Engineer) 

‘To have a machine running in production for several months and seeing products I’ve been involved with sitting on shelves at retailers, which has been an immensely satisfying experience.’ 

“A highlight of my role so far was writing the programming behind the new EnviroPunnet sealing machine. To have a machine running in production for several months and seeing products sitting on shelves at retailers that I’ve been involved with has been an immensely satisfying experience. As an engineer, it is exciting to have real opportunities to make improvements in sustainability, efficiency and cost reduction.”  


Read more about our EnviroPunnets here.

A Day in the Life

Ben Ung

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6:00 AM

It’s the start of the day! I wake up to my alarm in the morning and get ready for work. Prior to leaving the house, I grab my pre-made lunch from the fridge and make my way to the office. It’s never a dull day working at Visy.

7:00 AM

I arrive at the office and make myself a coffee and breakfast before planning my to-do list for the day and replying to overnight emails.

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7:45 AM

I contact managers from other sites to obtain an in-depth analysis on the performance of their machines in preparation for my reports. These reports are presented at my meetings with the managers where we create an action plan that tackles any issues that are identified.

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8:30 AM

I collaborate with other graduates, working on designing new equipment to satisfy our customer's demands. We exchange ideas about our design and split tasks among each other, ensuring the project meets its scheduled deadline.

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9:30 AM

One of the projects that I am involved in is Inventory Management. I have regular catch ups with my project team planning the project while making sure we meet our deadlines. I conduct on-site preparation by cataloguing all raw materials and spare parts we used.

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11:30 AM

Lunch time! This is the perfect time for me to switch off from work and enjoy my downtime. I also enjoy catching up with my colleagues about their week.

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12:30 PM

It is necessary to replace old machines when they reach their life expectancy. I compare quotations from different suppliers to find the most cost-effective solution to suit our needs. 

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1 PM

The machines may occasionally encounter mechanical or electrical issues.. I walk over to the factory floor and identify ways to improve the process and productivity.

3 PM

Time for me to head home. Traffic is still smooth sailing and I arrive home to start cooking dinner. Tonight’s menu is Malaysian fish curry with rice.

6 PM

Football is a big part of my life. I arrive at the stadium for training and our coach runs through some shooting and defensive drills that we will look to implement in our next game. 

9 PM

Training is over and I am exhausted. I have my dinner I made earlier and wind down by watching Netflix before heading to bed.


Caitlin Welsh

5:50 AM

It’s cold, it’s dark – why did I suggest that I wanted to start work everyday at 7:00AM? I roll out bed, leaving my cozy sheets behind. Through my morning daze, I remember how stoked I was about the flexibility Visy offered me – allowing me to manage my own work hours, trusting that I would deliver. You know, I think the early mornings are worth it – allowing me to keep my work-life-balance, avoid peak hour traffic and utilise my whole day! 

7:00 AM

My work day begins. Every day is a bit different for me – challenges and diversity in my work is something I consider important. 

I work in an open-plan office, with a view that overlooks the factory. Generally, I start my morning looking through (and responding to) my emails and checking my calender. Depending on the content of the email, I either follow my day plan (set the day before) or my day is determined by business critial email content. 

(I realise my right screen is blank, I promise it’s usually turned on and filled with work…)

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9:00 AM

My team engages in weekly catch ups. We use this time to touch base and update each other on what we’ve been up to throughout the week. 

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9:00 – 12:00 AM

As I mentioned, I have a dynamic/ever-changing work schedule. During my rotation with the National Technical team, some of major projects I have been involved with include:

Colour Rationalisation

Conducting data analysis on the colours used across the Visy Board sites.

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Starch Kitchen Video

Working with the equipment supplier to understand the maintenance procedures of the kitchen and compiling an educational video for the sites.

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Artwork Specifications

Developing an understanding of the printing capabilities of our equipment and creating documentation to convey this to customers and artwork designers.

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12:00 PM

Lunch time provides me with the perfect opportunity to unwind and catch up with my colleagues or get some me time out in the sun on the grass around the factory.

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12:30 PM

Generally, I spend the rest of my afternoon continuing work on my various projects and planning for the next day. My current rotation doesn’t see me out in the factory too often, I predominantly spend time at my desk working away at projects. If I get restless though, a quick stroll through the factory can help me to refocus.

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3:00 PM

It’s home time. Finishing up at 3pm lets me avoid traffic and get home with plenty of time to do non-work-related things such as cooking, spending time with my birds or being out in my garden.

6:00 PM

Keeping work-life balance is very important to me. Depending on the day, I spend my evenings either playing volleyball, training for AFL umpiring, catching up with friends or catching up on me time.

10:00 PM

Time to get ready for bed and prepare for my next day.


Madeleine Stoermer

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06:30 

I wake up and get ready for work at the Visy Board site. The drive to work is about half an hour so I grab a quick breakfast – some toast and a protein shake. 

08:00

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I arrive at site and get set up at my desk in the office. I check my emails and prepare my agenda for the day. While I’m in the office I check in with the Maintenance or Operations managers to add any urgent items to my plan for the day.

08:30

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I spend my morning assisting with construction of a new Waste Water Treatment Plant at the site. I check in with the lead engineer and assist with directing contractors and interpreting engineering drawings. 

12:00

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I take a break for lunch and make myself a cup of coffee. I use this time to catch up with my colleagues as well.

12:30

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I’m working on a project that uses machine downtime data to identify problem areas in production. Using the raw data that’s reported by our systems, I’m able to figure out what might be causing issues and what we can do to prevent them. I can also use data visualisation to better communicate where problems are occurring and communicate this to operational staff.

13:30

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I spend some time talking to site stakeholders about some of the findings from my data dive. I present some of the data visualisation that I’ve worked on and we discuss some possible causes of the downtime. We plan to spend some time talking to operators and maintenance staff about the areas of interest that we’ve identified.

14:00

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I spend some time identifying any issues that emerge with maintenance, quality, or operations systems. Sometimes this can be getting information from sales or depot representatives that something in our process is causing issues for them, and tracking it down to its root cause at the site. Having knowledge of all the site’s processes means I’m able to track down what’s going wrong and gather information from the right people.

15:00

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I’m leading a project to install a pallet labelling robot at our site. Throughout this project I’ve been coordinating purchases, and speaking to interstate colleagues and overseas technical support to ensure integration with our existing systems. Today I’m developing some training material and instructions for our machine operators. I make sure to update our project record when I’m finished!

16:00

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Before I leave for the day, I make sure to schedule in time tomorrow to update my manager about my progress on projects. I send some last emails to anyone I worked with during the day to let them know what I have closed out and what still needs action, or to touch base with my colleagues in the Maintenance office or workshop before I leave.

17:00

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I get home and go for a short walk in the park near my house. I spend a little extra time cooking dinner tonight – it’ll pay off in pre-cooked meals for lunch for the next couple of days. I try and have an early night because I have a long day ahead tomorrow!

Social Responsibility

We have been a pioneer in sustainability since our inception. We're proud that sustainability sits at the centre of our operating model. We're committed advocates on some of the bigger issues that make a difference to us, our customers and our communities: from pushing for more sustainable manufacturing approaches to creating better economic futures for regional communities. 

While Visy’s network spans the breadth of Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the region, our plants, warehouses and people are primarily part of the local communities in which we operate, with many in regional locations.  

The Pratt Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Pratt family which owns Visy, supports initiatives and partners with like-minded organisations, to create positive change within these communities. 

Perks and Benefits

ViBe, Visy’s employee benefits program, is made up of four categories of benefits - health and well being, lifestyle, wealth and community. Each category incorporates benefits which support Visy's people-commitment and make being a Visy employee even more rewarding. 

We also offer an Employee Assistance Program, providing free and confidential counselling to all our employees and their immediate family members. Delivered by LifeWorks, this service offers initial support and assistance with personal and/or work related issues that may impact on the well-being, work performance, safety, individual and workplace morale and on the psychological health of our employees and family. 

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Diversity and Inclusion

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At Visy, we believe equal opportunity makes for a better world. We take pride in building upon our diverse and inclusive culture. Everyone at Visy should feel equally empowered to share ideas and be recognised for their contribution. 

Appreciating different perspectives, experiences and approaches – irrespective of age, race, gender or department – fuels creativity. 

And this helps people bring their best to work.

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Cultural Diversity

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At Visy, we believe equal opportunity makes for a better world. We take pride in building upon our diverse and inclusive culture. Everyone at Visy should feel equally empowered to share ideas and be recognised for their contribution. 

Appreciating different perspectives, experiences and approaches – irrespective of age, race, gender or department – fuels creativity. 

And this helps people bring their best to work.

Gender Equality

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At Visy, we believe equal opportunity makes for a better world. We take pride in building upon our diverse and inclusive culture. Everyone at Visy should feel equally empowered to share ideas and be recognised for their contribution. 

Appreciating different perspectives, experiences and approaches – irrespective of age, race, gender or department – fuels creativity. 

And this helps people bring their best to work.

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