2019 Graduate Development Program

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About us

The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is responsible for the design and implementation of the Australian Government's infrastructure, transport and regional development policies and programs.

We work to:

  • Promote, evaluate, plan and invest in infrastructure and regional development, including Australia's largest infrastructure projects in decades, with the development of Inland Rail and Western Sydney Airport.
  • Position our cities, regional and metropolitan, to reach their full potential.
  • Foster an efficient, sustainable and competitive transport system.
  • Facilitate local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities.
  • Provide good governance in the Australian territories.

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What to Expect

Our Graduate Development Program is an eleven-month generalist program that sources talent across all academic disciplines.

As an Infrastructure graduate, we will add to the skills you have acquired at university by developing your professional public sector skills through a combination of work rotations, internal training, post-graduate study and an interstate industry tour. From roads to large-scale shipping, city planning to the development of regional Australia, the department shapes the future direction of Australia. As part of our Graduate Development Program, you will be right in the thick of it as you build your career.

On commencement of our Program:

  • You'll be invited to a familiarisation day before you start so you can get to know Canberra, the department and your fellow graduates. This is a great opportunity to network and find out more about our department, and perhaps find a housemate already.
  • You will have the opportunity to connect with a ‘buddy’ who is a former graduate who can show you the ropes and help you settle into Canberra—just one way we'll help you transition from university to full time work, and navigate relocating to Canberra.
  • You will attend an induction week as a fun way to connect with your cohort, gain cultural awareness skills, learn about diversity and inclusion and get a quick introduction to working in the department.
  • You will undertake a diverse range of learning and development opportunities, which are individualised to align to your area of study and your future career path. This includes undertaking a post-graduate qualification funded by the department; career planning and coaching training sessions; and other training to provide you with job ready skills.
  • We will help you figure out where you might want to work, with rotations through three different areas of the department. These rotations may be in areas such as major infrastructure investment; program management; rail planning and policy; communications; vehicle safety; corporate services; aviation and airports policy or cities strategy and engagement, just to name a few. Throughout the year, you will get a say in which areas of the department you work in.
  • You will participate in an interstate industry tour with your fellow grads, which is a great way to see how the work of the department impacts the Australian community. Our graduates consistently tell us this is one of the best parts of the program! The Industry Tour is a great opportunity for you to gain an understanding of the diverse functions of the department while undertaking academic research. You will work in small groups to manage all aspects of the project including organising an interstate tour to meet with various stakeholders of the department. Training in project management is also provided to help you to plan for and undertake the Industry Tour out in the field.

Above all, the department will ensure you are able to create your own career path beyond the Graduate Development Program.

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What Are The Other Benefits?

You'll receive a starting salary of $58,019 during your graduate year, plus 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program your salary will advance to $71,768.

You'll also have access to the following workplace support and conditions, including:

  • 20 days recreation leave a year
  • 20 days a year of personal circumstances leave, which includes sick, family, emergency and cultural leave
  • 18 weeks paid maternity leave or 6 weeks paid supporting partner leave after 12 months of continuous service
  • Flexible work hours
  • Employee health and wellbeing initiatives.

Following the program, as a member of the department, you'll also have access to:

  • Career coaching and professional development opportunities
  • Financial support to undertake further study in an area relevant to the business of the department and broader APS
  • Mobility and career progression within the organisation.

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Living in Canberra

So, you have finished your degree and are looking for the next step in your career, what's next?

  • You'll relocate to Canberra—at our expense
  • You'll receive up to three weeks temporary accommodation in the heart of Canberra City
  • Your belongings will be moved and temporarily stored for up to three weeks while you find your new home.

Its reputation may precede it, but with a population in the vicinity of 390,000 Canberra really is much more than just Australia's public service hub and the seat of Australia's Parliament.

Canberra is Australia's largest inland city and is brimming with lifestyle, city services and world-class events and attractions. The shopping is great, nightclubs are stylish and trendy, the café culture is buzzing and its people are friendly.

Canberrans love their sport and have the highest participation rate in Australia—from lawn bowls to water polo and everything in between. Whether you are cheering on Canberra's top rugby league and rugby union teams, watching AFL, cricket or playing golf, bushwalking or cycling around our many bike trails, Canberra has the sports and recreational facilities to suit your needs.

We're also just a few hours' drive from the NSW snowfields, Sydney and the south coast's legendary beaches. The Canberra region boasts some of the best food and wine experiences Australia has to offer, with more than 10 wineries within a 30km drive.

By capital city standards Canberra is an affordable place to live, with an outstanding education system, excellent health services, shorter commuting times, plenty of fresh air and community living.

More useful information on Canberra can be found here:

  • The ACT Government's Live in Canberra website is a great source of information and their team can help you with advice on settlement, employment, housing and lifestyle.
  • Australian Capital Tourism's Visit Canberra website has all the info on where to go and what to see and do in the capital.
  • The Brumbies Rugby and Raiders website has all the info on memberships.
  • The National Capital Authority's website is also a great source of information.
  • To find out what other graduates are up to in Canberra, check out the Social Network of Graduates.

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To be eligible for the Graduate Development Program, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Have completed a minimum of a three year undergraduate degree by January 2019
  • Have completed your degree within the last 5 years
  • Have achieved a minimum of a credit average
  • Be able to obtain and maintain a baseline security clearance
  • Be prepared to relocate to Canberra.

Please note there are two graduate recruitment streams:

  • 2019 Graduate Development Program: is open to all eligible Australian Citizens.
  • 2019 Graduate Development Program—Special Measures: is open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians.

For more information on Special Measures, including eligibility requirements, please see our fact sheet.

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2018 Career Fair Dates

The Entry Level Program Team will be attending the following Career Fairs, so please come along and chat to your Graduate Managers as well as some enthusiastic staff from our 2017 Graduate Development Program.

University of Technology Sydney Wednesday 28 February
University of Wollongong Thursday 1 March
University of Melbourne Tuesday 6—Wednesday 7 March
University of New South Wales Thursday 8 March
Monash University Thursday 8 March
University of Sydney Tuesday 13 March
University of Western Australia Tuesday 13 March
Flinders University Wednesday 14 March
Curtin University Wednesday 14 March
University of Adelaide Wednesday 14—Thursday 15 March
Macquarie University Thursday 15 March
Newcastle University Tuesday 20 March
University of Queensland Wednesday 21 March
Deakin University Wednesday 21 March
Tertiary to Work—Canberra Universities Thursday 22 March
Bond University Thursday 22 March

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How to Apply

Applications for the 2019 Graduate Development Program are open from 5 March 2018 to 3 April 2018. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for further updates.

For any additional support in accessibility to our application and for any questions please contact our Entry Level Programs Team on (02) 6274 6161 or entrylevel@infrastructure.gov.au.

If you have any questions, please review this page and our FAQs, or contact us using the details above.

We look forward to receiving your application, good luck.

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Last Updated: 5 March, 2018

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