Who we’re looking for in the National Graduate Program

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

We’re looking for graduates who want to deliver a simple, helpful, respectful and transparent experience for our customers. We want the future leaders of the Australian Public Service - graduates who are bold and forward-thinking who have big ideas.

We’re looking for a wide range of people to join us and 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 for the program, you must be an Australian citizen.

You’ll need to have successfully passed and completed:

  • an undergraduate degree within the last 5 years
  • a postgraduate degree within the last 5 years.

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

Some specialist streams have additional requirements. Find out what the requirements are for each stream:


We have positions available in major cities and regional towns. You may be required to relocate for the National Graduate Program. We’ll help you if you need to relocate.

Read more about moving for the National Graduate Program.

Skill requirements

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

  • 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 the specific stream you apply to.
Page last updated: 27 February 2024.
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