Digital Cadetship Program

The Digital Cadetship Program gives you an opportunity to practise and develop your skills while you’re still studying. You’ll get to work in the industry while you finish studying and get a leg-up for a successful digital or technical career with the Australian Government.

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Who is this program for?

The Digital Cadetship Program is for Australian citizens who are currently studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a digital or technology-related field.

If you’ve completed  the minimum 1st year (or equivalent) of your degree by January 2021 you can apply for the digital cadetship program.

If you’re currently studying one of the listed degrees then you should consider applying.

Double and honours degrees in these fields are also accepted.

If your degree is not listed but you believe it’s suited to a digital cadetship placement please get in touch to discuss your options.

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What you’ll get to work on

Government agencies have many different digital and technical roles. These roles support the core functions of each agency and are always changing. Past cadets have worked in the following areas:

  • cyber security
  • user research
  • programming
  • interactive media
  • software engineering
  • big data
  • networking
  • systems analysis and design
  • web development
  • data analytics
  • systems testing
  • infrastructure support
  • networking
  • applications development
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Cadetship locations vary each year, past participants were placed in the following locations:

  • Canberra
  • Brisbane
  • Adelaide

You may be eligible for relocation assistance if you need to move to another city for a cadetship.

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Who you’ll be working for

Positions in 2021 will be available across the Australian Public Service for people seeking to start their digital or technical career. Participating agencies will vary each year.

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In this program you’ll get:

  • industry experience while you finish studying
  • competitive salary for flexible part-time hours around your class timetable
  • reimbursement for your uni fees if you pass (up to $800 per subject)
  • likely credit towards your degree
  • permanent employment when you finish your degree

You’ll work a minimum of 2 days per week around your university classes while you complete your degree.

Support and coaching

You will have support from your supervisor and a dedicated career liaison to give you the best chance of success.

Your supervisor will provide guidance and feedback on day-to-day work and help you understand how your work is contributing to the agency’s goals.

Your career liaison will help you with your studies and job skills. They will help guide your professional development towards a successful and rewarding career.

You will also get to network with other participants and develop professional relationships that will support you throughout your career.

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How to apply

Applications are now open and will close at 11.59pm AEST on Monday 28 June 2021.

The application form is available in the jobs section of our website.

You will need these documents:

  • proof of Australian citizenship (birth certificate or passport)
  • passport-size photo
  • current university transcript
  • a resume

3 stages to success

These are the 3 stages of the selection process:

  1. Submit your application. We’ll contact you if your application is successful.
  2. Attend an interview. If your interview is successful we’ll invite you to stage 3.
  3. Meet with participating agencies. At this stage you’ll get to nominate which agencies you’d prefer to go to.

If you’re not successful at a particular stage, we’ll let you know by email and give you feedback as soon as possible.

At the end of this process we’ll do our best to match you with an agency that you prefer and that has roles available to suit your skills.

The process usually takes around 4 months from the time applications close.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions about starting a digital career with the Australian Government you can email or call 02 6120 8701.

Or you can follow us on Facebook for all program updates.