Graduate Development Program

Quick Overview

Starting level: APS3, around $57,000 (+ 15.4% superannuation)

Level on successful completion: APS5, around $71,000 (+ 15.4% superannuation)

Duration: Mid-January to Early-December

Location: Canberra

Graduate banner

We have extended our 2018 Graduate Program Application dates!

Applications are now open from Monday, 13 March to Monday, 17 April. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for further updates.

Graduate Development Program

We’re looking for high-quality graduates with a strong vision for Australia’s future.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s responsibility is to design and implement the Australian Government’s infrastructure, transport and regional development policies and programmes. We assist the Australian Government with one of its major aims: fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system. Our staff provide policy advice, administer programmes and implement regulations across a diverse portfolio.

As an important part of our workforce, you will have the opportunity to develop your professional public sector skills, grow your network and contribute to solving the infrastructure, transport and regional development challenges of the future.

Graduate Development Program overview

The Department is seeking graduates from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds. Our ideal graduate is able to work collaboratively, innovatively and efficiently, in order to achieve the right outcome.

Our 11 month Graduate Development Program starts in January each year and finishes in December.  It is designed to provide graduates with the opportunity to work across a diverse range of projects and key business areas including;

  • infrastructure planning, investment, financing and coordination
  • regional development, policy and coordination;
  • major projects facilitation;
  • maritime transport;
  • land transport;
  • transport safety;
  • transport security;
  • civil aviation and airports;
  • territories’ reform and service delivery; and
  • local government programs.

Graduates will have the opportunity to:

  • Complete three diverse and challenging workplace rotations
  • Undertake an interstate Industry Tour, where you will learn about the diverse ‘real world’ functions of the Department through meeting with key stakeholders
  • Extend your professional development by completing a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and other learning and development opportunities
  • Build valuable networks and experience by helping run the Department’s Social Club
  • Work in a flexible, supportive and diverse working environment
  • Upon successful completion of the program, gain an ongoing (permanent) promotion from APS 3 (current salary $57,445) to APS 5 ($71,057)

For further information see the 2018 Graduate Development Program.