Graduate Program Overview


At the Department of Education, 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.

The Department

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

About the Graduate Program

The graduate program runs for ten months beginning on 5 February 2020 and concluding December 2020 with promotion to the APS4 level upon successful completion. As a graduate within the Department of Education, 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.

For the 2020 graduate program, the department will offer a number of Career Pathways. The Department welcomes applications from all degree disciplines for our generalist pathway. Degree disciplines in Commerce, Finance and Accounting, Business Administration will be considered for specialist placements within the Generalist pathway. Further information on the 2020 Career Pathways is available below:

Graduate Program Requirements

Graduates participating in the program are required to:

  • successfully complete a 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, Culture and Capability Branch 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.

About the Graduate Recruitment and Assessment Process

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

Indicative timing

Assessment task

31 July 2019

Applications close

August 2019

Online Assessment (Cognitive/Psychometric

August/September 2019

Virtual Interview

End of September 2019

Assessment Centre (held in Capital Cities)


Referee checks conducted

November 2019

Employment offers

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 through our Indigenous Affirmative Measure and RecruitAbility scheme. 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