How to apply to the National Graduate Program

There are 6 steps you need to complete to apply to our National Graduate Program.

Applications to our 2022 National Graduate Program are closed.

Steps to apply

Step 1: Online application
Step 2: PredictiveHire FirstInterview
Step 3: Video interview
Step 4: Assessment centre and referee checks
Step 5: Merit pool and matching you to a role
Step 6: Verbal employment offer and pre-engagement checks

Step 1: Online application

To complete and submit an online application, you need to:

  • confirm your eligibility
  • provide your work experience history
  • provide qualification details
  • provide referee details.

Step 2: PredictiveHire FirstInterview

Once we receive your application, we'll send you an email with a link to an online tool called PredictiveHire. The online tool’s easy to use and lets us have an interview through a text conversation. You'll get a message with a question and you'll write back the answer.

The interview includes questions tailored to the graduate role. You can complete this task with any device that has internet access. The task is untimed, however it takes around 25 minutes to complete.

We’ll send you instructions on what you need to do.

If you don’t progress to step 3, feedback will not be provided at this stage.

Step 3: Video interview

If you’re successful at step 2, we’ll invite you to complete a video interview. This is a one-way interview that takes about 15 minutes.

You’ll answer up to 4 questions. They’ll be a mix of motivational and behavioural questions.

You’ll be able to practice before your interview. We suggest you do some system tests to make sure your device is ready to go. We’ll send you instructions on how to log on and complete the interview.

Step 4: Assessment centre and referee check

If you’re successful at step 3, we’ll ask you to participate in an assessment centre where you’ll complete a:

  • behavioural interview
  • group activity
  • written task.

Expect to be at the centre for about half a day. You may need to take some time off work or away from your studies. You can attend either a morning or an afternoon session.

The location of assessment centres varies each year, but they’re usually held in capital cities. We’ll try to book you in to the closest assessment centre.

Assessment centres may be conducted virtually due to COVID-19 physical distancing requirements.

If you don’t participate in an assessment centre, we’ll withdraw your application.

We’ll also complete your referee check at this stage. We’ll ask your referee to comment on your skills, abilities and past work performance.

Feedback will be available to all candidates at the end of the assessment process.

Step 5: Merit pool and matching you to a role

All candidates found suitable for a role in the National Graduate Program are placed into a merit pool.

The merit pool is valid for 12 months. For more information about merit pools, go to the APS merit principle.

Step 6: Verbal employment offer and pre-engagement checks

Our verbal offers at this stage are conditional. They’re dependant on you successfully completing an eligibility, suitability and medical check.

Eligibility and suitability check

This check searches your details against a national database for any prior infringements or criminal charges or convictions

If you have criminal charges or infringements, we manage it on a case by case basis.

Medical check

The medical check is a general health check. It helps us know if we need to make workplace adjustments for you. It also lets us know that you can perform the requirements of the role.

We’ll schedule your medical check and find your closest available location.

Your personal medical provider can’t complete this medical check for you.

Indigenous graduates

Our program includes an Affirmative Measure to help employ Indigenous Australians. You must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australian and confirm your Indigenous heritage to apply through this measure.

You can apply to our program using this measure, through the Australian Public Service Commission’s Indigenous Graduate Pathway.

After you confirm your Indigenous heritage, you’ll have access to a support officer. They’ll help you through the application process and offer appropriate cultural support. You can email our recruitment provider, Hudson, for more information.

Graduates with disability

We have an application process for Australians who identify as having disability.

As part of the application process, you’ll need to provide evidence of disability. This can be a letter from either a:

  • registered medical practitioner
  • Disability Employment Service (DES) provider
  • tertiary institution disability service unit.

Or, you can provide a statutory declaration.

Read about disability definitions on the Australian Public Service Commission website.

APS RecruitAbility scheme

If you meet the disability definition you can also apply under the APS RecruitAbility scheme. The scheme helps people with disability put forward their skills and experience during the selection process.

You need to opt in to the scheme when you apply to the 2022 National Graduate Program. You also need to do both of these:

  • declare you have disability
  • meet the minimum requirements of the program.

We’ll support you to apply in a way that suits you. We can make adjustments for you throughout our recruitment process, if needed. Contact us to discuss options.

Graduates with human resources qualifications

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is recruiting human resources (HR) graduates for 2022 graduate programs, on behalf of some APS agencies.

If you want to work for us in our HR stream, you need to apply through this process. You can find out how to apply on the Australian Public Service Human Resources graduates website.

HR graduates can also apply to our generalist stream, through our own recruitment process.

Graduates with data analytics qualifications

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is recruiting data analytics graduates for 2022 graduate programs, on behalf of some APS agencies.

If you want to work for us in our data analytics stream, you can:

  • apply through the ABS process
  • apply to our data analytics stream through our own recruitment process.

Data analytics graduates can also apply to our generalist stream, through our own recruitment process.

Letter of offer

If you pass the pre-engagement checks, we'll email you a letter of offer. Make sure you complete all paperwork by the due date set out in the email.

The letter will outline details about your salary and conditions of employment. We’ll also send you information about the program and relocating.

Start working with us

We look forward to welcoming you in February 2022.

When you start, you’ll get an orientation where we’ll outline the opportunities you have in the program. You’ll also get to meet your supervisor and the team you’ll be working with.

Contact us

Our recruitment provider is Hudson. If you have any questions about the program, you can contact them by:

You can also connect with us on ourNational Graduate Program Facebook page or the Services Australia LinkedIn page.

Page last updated: 13 April 2021