Graduate Program Overview


The Department

The Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

About the program

The graduate program runs for ten months beginning in February 2019 and concluding December 2019 with promotion to the APS4 level upon successful completion. Graduates are provided with diverse work placements across the department that will help develop professional public sector skills that best suit your skills and interests. As a graduate within the Department of Education and Training, you will participate in the APSC Development Program and have opportunities to engage in additional learning and development opportunities based around the department’s business throughout the program.

Our Graduates

At the Department of Education and Training, our graduates are strategic and analytical thinkers, innovative and future focused. Our graduates demonstrate a high level of integrity, flexibility and resilience. They are collaborative communicators, intellectually curious and seek out learning opportunities. 

Valuing Difference - Respecting Our People

Workplace diversity and inclusion is vitally important in creating a productive and harmonious environment for people to work. The department recognises and embraces the diversity that each employee brings to the workplace, creating an environment of trust, mutual respect and appreciation.

We work to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and employees with disability. We also focus on other diversity groups on the basis of: race, gender identity, sexual orientation, intersex status, language, cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Many of our policies and programs celebrate diversity and tackle discrimination and bullying, and we continue to build on these initiatives through our Diversity Champion, Indigenous Champion, Indigenous Leader, Employee Support Officers (ESO) and Employee Networks.

Employee Networks

Ability NetworkPride NetworkAboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Employee NetworkWomen's Network

Assessment Process

You will be required to undertake a range of assessment activities as below:

Indicative date

Assessment task

24 September

Applications close

2 October

Virtual interview

12 October

Psychometric online assessment

29 October –
2 November

Half-day assessment centre
(Canberra-based, travel arrangements funded and managed by the Department of Education and Training)

5 November

Referee checks conducted

13 November

Employment offers


Development opportunities

The Program provides graduates with the opportunity to participate in a range of internal and external development activities such as the APSC Development Program.

Graduates are supported on the job by workplace coaches/mentors and a suite of eLearning.

    Program requirements

    Graduates participating in the program are required to:

    • successfully complete a six month probation period with the department
    • actively participate in all graduate learning and development events
    • adhere to the Department of Education and Training Enterprise Agreement, all departmental policies, procedures and guidelines
    • comply with the APS Values, APS Employment Principles and APS Code of Conduct
    • demonstrate a commitment to supporting the department’s culture and objectives.

    You will be supported by the People Services team who will work closely with you and your supervisor to ensure you have everything you need to complete the program successfully.

    You will be matched with a graduate buddy from the previous Graduate Program cohort to help you transition into your workplace and the APS.

    Please see the 2019 Graduate Program Guidelines for further information.