Who we’re looking for in the National Graduate Program

We want you to apply if you've recently graduated from university or are in your final year of study.

Applications for the 2021 National Graduate Program have closed.

We're looking for graduates who want to make a positive difference to the lives of Australians. We want the future leaders of the Australian Public Service to apply.

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace. We value our staff for their unique qualities, ideas and perspectives.

Our policies support workplace diversity and we implement strategies and initiatives to champion this.

Read more about how we manage workplace diversity and inclusion.


To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen on 26 June 2020
  • be willing to relocate if required
  • have completed or will complete an undergraduate or post graduate degree between 7 February 2016 and 7 February 2021.
  • have a Weighted Average Mark of 60 or above to apply for the legal discipline.

If you got your degree overseas, you’ll need to have it recognised by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Read more about overseas qualifications on their website.

If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, you can apply through our Affirmative Measures – Indigenous application process. If you do, you’ll also need to confirm your Indigenous heritage. After you do, you’ll have access to a support officer. They’ll help you through the application process and offer cultural support.


The majority of roles for our graduate program are in Canberra. We also have roles in other major cities and regional towns. We provide help if you need to relocate.

Read more about relocating.

Educational requirements

To apply for the Generalist Pathway, you can have any degree.

To apply for the Professional Pathway, you need a relevant degree in 1 of these disciplines:

Skill requirements

For your application to be successful, you’ll need to demonstrate all of the following:

  • proven initiative
  • ethical, adaptive and evidence-based judgement
  • strong problem solving skills
  • excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • the ability to establish positive working relationships with team members and stakeholders
  • support for a workplace culture that values diversity, respect and inclusion
  • knowledge of current issues and practices related to your discipline – if you apply for the professional pathway.

Meet our graduates

Read more about our program from some of last year’s graduates.

Page last updated: 30 June 2020