Graduate Program

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At the Department of Education, our goal is to create opportunities and drive better outcomes for all Australians through access to quality education.

By supporting a strong early childhood education system, we help children build social and behavioural skills to help them prepare for school.

Through education and learning, we change lives – opening a world of possibilities for children and young people to achieve their life goals by creating pathways from school to higher education or employment.

We provide advice to our Ministers and lead the implementation of Government policies and programs to build a strong education system. To do this, we draw on the best available research, evidence and data and work collaboratively with industry, stakeholders and state and territory governments. This is diverse and rewarding work.

As an organisation of approximately 1,400 staff, we pride ourselves on our positive, supportive and inclusive workplace culture that nurtures talent and encourages employees to achieve their full potential.

To learn more about our role, refer to our 2022–23 Corporate Plan.

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Why join us

  • Career progression: Start as an APS Level 3 and progress to APS Level 5 on successful completion of the program. Refer to the Australian Public Service Commission website for more information on APS levels.
  • Salary increase: Start at $69,863 (plus 15.4% superannuation) and progress to $83,908 (plus 15.4% superannuation) when you graduate.
  • Program details: 10-month program, involving two 5-month work placements, allowing you to work on a variety of priority policies, programs or projects.
  • Supervisor: You will be assigned a dedicated supervisor to help you transition into the department and get the most from our program.
  • Buddy Program: We will match you up with a ‘buddy’ from the previous year’s graduate program, who can support and guide you by sharing their experience and insights.
  • Location options: Canberra (some opportunities may be available in Melbourne, Adelaide, or Brisbane). Relocation assistance is provided to candidates who relocate to Canberra, including temporary accommodation and travel assistance.
  • Employee Networks: Help contribute to a positive and inclusive workplace culture by joining our Employee Networks.
  • Community: Participate in Social Club activities and events to connect with colleagues at every level across the department.

How to apply

Applications for the 2024 Graduate Program have now closed.

You can find out more information about the streams we participate in below:

Visit the APS Jobs Career Pathways website for more information.

Applications for the 2025 Graduate Program will open in March 2024.

Make a difference by creating opportunities through access to quality education. You have what it takes. Join us!

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The department has consistently featured in the Top 100 Graduate Employer rankings over the past several years. This achievement highlights our active commitment to supporting talented graduates, helping them to expand their skills and experience, and reach their full potential.