ICT entry-level programs

Introduction to digital careers

Are you wondering what Information and Communications Technology (ICT) job opportunities exist for you to begin your career in the Australian Public Service?

Our entry-level programs provide a great opportunity for those interested in developing their ICT skills whilst working as part of a supportive workforce that nurtures professional expertise and opportunities for skills development.

ICT Apprentices, Cadets and Graduates will experience:

Australian Government ICT Apprenticeship Program

The Australian Government ICT Apprenticeship Program is for students who are currently completing their Year 12 Certificate, and people with a passion for ICT who are looking for a new and exciting career change.

As an ICT Apprentice you will work the equivalent of 4 days per week within an Australian Government agency, with the remainder of your time dedicated to completing a Certificate IV (2 years) or a Diploma (3 years) in one of the following:

Please note that some study fields are not available in all locations and selection is at agency discretion.

The course fees for your qualification will be paid by your agency, which means no out of pocket expenses! You will also be provided with paid study leave in order to attend your classes.

What will I do?

You will be employed at the APS1 level (or equivalent) in one of many exciting Australian Government agencies participating in the Program, across the country. Within your agency you will work as part of a team in one of the following ICT related areas:

How will I stay on track?

To help you succeed in your ICT Apprenticeship you will be provided with a large amount of support.

Your workplace supervisor will guide you in your day-to-day work, answer questions and provide you with advice. A dedicated career development and support officer will also assist with your academic and workplace progress, as well as act as an informal mentor and career coach.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in networking events where you can socialise with other apprentices in order to develop professional and social networks.

In addition, you will participate in training activities that will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a high performing Australian Government employee.

How do I apply?

To apply you must:

Applications for the 2017 Program are now closed. Applications for the 2018 program will be open in June 2017.

Australian Government ICT Cadetship Program

The Australian Government ICT Cadetship Program is for current university students who have completed their first year (or full-time equivalent) of an undergraduate degree in ICT, or an undergraduate degree with an ICT major.

As a cadet you will work a minimum of 2 days per week within an Australian Government agency. The remainder of your time will be dedicated to finishing your university study, which should take a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 3 years to complete.

During your cadetship you will also receive a generous study allowance to support your university costs.

What will I do?

You will be employed at the APS2 level (or equivalent) in one of many exciting Australian Government agencies participating in the Program, across the country. Within your agency you will work as part of a team in one of the following ICT related areas:

How will I stay on track?

To help you succeed in your ICT Cadetship you will be provided with a large amount of support.

Your workplace supervisor will guide you in your day-to-day work, answer questions and provide you with advice. A dedicated career development and support officer will also assist with your academic and workplace progress, as well as act as an informal mentor and career coach.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in networking events where you can socialise with other cadets in order to develop professional and social networks.

In addition, you will participate in training activities that will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a high performing Australian Government employee.

How do I apply?

To apply you must:

Applications for the 2017 Program are now closed. Applications for the 2018 program will open in June 2017.

Australian Government ICT Graduate Program

The Australian Government ICT Graduate Program is for ICT Graduates who have completed their degree in ICT within the last 7 years.

As a graduate you will work full-time in an Australian Government agency while completing a Graduate Certificate in Government Informatics. The 12 month Program offers ICT Graduates looking for a challenge with a unique opportunity to apply for a position with numerous Australian Government agencies.

As an Australian Government ICT Graduate you will receive:

To underpin your future ICT career, the Program will offer development opportunities to help you transition into the Australian Government and understand the broader ICT work environment. You will also become a graduate member of the Australian Computer Society to help you strengthen your employment credentials, manage your ICT career, gain new skills and keep your knowledge current.

You will complete a graduate development program and attain a Graduate Certificate in Government Informatics which includes a development opportunity to complete a major ICT project.

How will I stay on track?

You will be offered dedicated support services to ensure your success during the Graduate Program year.

Your workplace supervisor will also guide you in your day-to-day work, answer questions and provide you with advice. A dedicated Career Development and Support Officer will also assist with your academic and workplace progress, as well as act as an informal mentor and coach.

In addition, you will participate in learning and development activities which will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a high performing Australian Government employee.

Participating agencies

Agencies participating on the Program in 2018 include:

This is a live list and may be updated throughout the application process. Check back for updates!

How do I apply?

To apply you must:

Applications for the 2018 Program will open on 6 March 2017.

Contact us

ictentrylevelprograms@digital.gov.au