Digital Graduate Program

The Digital Graduate Program gives you an opportunity to excel in a digital or technical career after you’ve graduated from university. As a recent graduate, you’ll have an opportunity to further develop your skills while working for the Australian Government.

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Who is this program for?

The Digital Graduate Program is for Australian citizens who've completed a university degree in a digital or technical field within the last 7 years or will complete their degree in the current year.

If you've studied 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 graduate 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 graduates have worked in the following areas:

  • cyber security
  • digital media
  • 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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Graduate locations vary each year. We publish a complete list of available locations when applications open. Past graduates have worked in:

  • Canberra
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne

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

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Who you’ll be working for

Participating agencies vary each year. The following agencies have confirmed participation for 2020 at this stage:

  • Australian Electoral Commission
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Department of the Environment
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Home Affairs
  • Department of Jobs and Small Business
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Digital Transformation Agency

Further agencies are also likely to participate in the 2020 Program.

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In a graduate job you’ll get:

  • full-time permanent employment
  • post-graduate qualification in digital technology for government
  • career coaching and mentoring
  • flexible working arrangements
  • competitive salary and super

In the graduate program you may get to do a number of rotations through various digital areas and roles.

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 now closed. Applications for the 2021 program will open in March 2020.

When applications are open, the application form will be available in the jobs section of our website

You'll need these documents:

  • proof of Australian Citizenship (Birth Certificate or Passport)
  • passport size photo
  • a copy of your university transcript  
  • a resume

3 stages to success

These are the 3 stages of the selection process:

  1. Submit your application. You will be contacted if you application is successful.
  2. Attend an interview.
  3. Meet with participating agencies. At this stage you will get to select a preference for which agency you would prefer

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.