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 degree in a digital or technology-related field.

If you’ve completed 1st year (or equivalent) of your degree 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 for 2019 will be available in the following cities:

  • 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

The following agencies will participate in the 2019 cadetship program:

  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

  • Australian Signals Directorate

  • Department of Defence

  • Department of Home Affairs

  • Department of Human Services

  • Digital Transformation Agency

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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 for the 2020 program are open from 20 May to 1 July 2019.

When applications are open, the application form will be 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.