Digital Cadetship Program

Practise and develop your skills while you’re still studying. When you graduate, you're all set for a successful digital or technical career with the Australian Government.

Our program aims to attract digital talent to the public service by supporting their studies and giving them practical skills. We provide a rare opportunity for participants to experience a wide range of digital roles and disciplines, and help them decide on their digital career path.

About the program

The Digital Cadetship Program is for Australian citizens who are currently studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a digital or technology-related field. We place people who are looking to start their digital or technical career in government. Roles are available across the APS, and changes depending on the participating agencies.

Applicants must have completed at least the 1st year (or equivalent) of their degree by January 2021. 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 you should be considered, please get in touch to discuss your options.

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.

Benefits of the program

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.

Mentoring and support

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.

Learning opportunities

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

Government agencies have many different digital and technical roles. These roles support the core functions of each agency and are always changing.

Applying for the program

Applications for the 2022 Program are now closed.

All applications will need these documents:

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

Selection process

These are the 3 stages of the selection process:

Step 1: Submit your application only at the provided link. We'll contact you if your application is successful.

Step 2: Attend an interview. If your interview is successful we'll invite you to stage 3.

Step 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.

Get in touch

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

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