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. Our program aims to attract digital talent who want to use their digital skills to build a better Australia. 

About the program

The Digital Graduate Program is for Australian citizens who've completed a university degree in a digital or technical field within the last 5 years or will complete their degree in the current year.

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. Please visit the Australian Government Graduate Portal for information regarding participating agencies.

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 you should be considered, please get in touch to discuss your options.

Graduate locations vary each year. Past participants were placed in the following locations:

  • Canberra (majority of positions)
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne.

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

Benefits of the program

In a graduate job you’ll get:

  • full-time permanent employment – pending a successful probation period
  • post-graduate qualification in digital technology for government
  • career coaching and mentoring
  • flexible working arrangements
  • competitive salary and super
  • membership to the Australian Computing Society (ACS)
  • access to private training about emerging digital trends.

In the graduate program you may undertake rotations through various digital areas and roles.

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 tasks and help you understand how your work is contributing to the agency’s goals. As a graduate you’ll:

  • do meaningful work from day one
  • be asked to contribute
  • be recognised for your perspective
  • see the impact you can make in the Australian community we serve.

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 graduates have worked in:

  • 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.

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

To learn more about how the digital skills you have gained at university apply to digital roles in government, you can access the Australian Public Service Career Pathfinder tool. The tool allows you to explore digital roles based on your current skills and interests, and shows you the skills you might need to land a job that interests you.

Applying for the program

Applications for this program are currently closed. When applications are open, the application form will be available on this website.

You'll need these documents for your application:

  • proof of Australian Citizenship (birth certificate or passport)
  • passport size photo
  • a copy of your university transcript
  • a resume.

Eligible candidates will be:

  • an Australian citizen by no later than 30 June 2021. Citizen applicants must have been invited to attend their citizenship ceremony before applying.
  • have completed an eligible digital Australian bachelor’s degree (qualifications Framework Level 7 qualification Bachelor degree) ,or equivalent or higher by 31 December 2021
  • have completed their eligible digital qualification no more than 5 years ago from the date that the application is lodged
  • be able to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance once accepted into the program where required
  • be willing to undergo any Police, character, health or other checks required.

Selection process

There are the 3 stages of the selection process. At all times, we will notify you of the outcome, whether successful or not.

Step 1: Submit your application online. We will review your responses and work-related qualities. If found suitable, we will shortlist you for the next round.

Step 2: Attend an online interview. You will be asked behavioural and scenario-base questions to demonstrate skills and abilities. If found suitable, you will be placed in the merit pool. You may then be invited at a later stage to the speed matching round. 

Step 3: Attend the speed matching round. This is a short online session with staff from all participating agencies. It’s an opportunity to showcase your skills and find out more about the agencies and what they are looking for. This is also an opportunity for agencies to review your skills and interest.

At the final stage, you will be asked to preference agencies you would like to be a graduate in. Agencies will also preference graduates they would like to hire. We will review all preferences and work with agencies to assist them make offers for roles.

Often there are more graduates than agencies. If you are not matched with an agency you will be placed in a merit pool for future consideration, which will remain open for 12 months.

The complete application assessment process usually takes around 5 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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