Be a part of something bigger and act on your ambitions. Consider a career with ACT Government. Where do YOU belong?
Applications for the ACT Government Graduate Program are open! Applications are now open and will close on Sunday 30 April 2023 at AEDT 11:59 pm.
Make an impact and be a part of the change in your community. Consider a career with ACT Government.
ACT Government is a professional, diverse and progressive organization. Our work directly serves the needs of the Canberra community. Working with us, you can make a difference in people’s lives every day. Join our 2024 ACT Government Graduate Program and we can support you to develop skills, knowledge and networks to build an exciting and rewarding career.
ACT Government can offer you diverse and rewarding career opportunities. So, where do YOU belong?
We offer an unrivaled range of career paths across numerous Service areas.
In ACT Government our work is diverse and we need people with all types of qualifications and backgrounds. That’s why we are encouraging applications from people with a broad range of skills and experience.
The ACT Government Employee Values and Signature Behaviours of Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, and Innovation define who we are as an organization and exemplify ways of working and the workplace culture that the ACT Government strives to nurture. They are the touchstones by which we should measure our own – and other’s – behavior, and what we value for when recruiting people to the ACT Government.
You will be asked to select an area of interest that aligns with where you want to build your career.
For more information on the ACT Government overall or the specific services we provide to the Canberra Community, please see the Our Directorates and About our ACT Government pages.
To be eligible for the ACT Government Graduate Program, you must:
Please note: that evidence of citizenship or permanent residency will be required by 30 September 2023 to be eligible for the ACT Government Graduate Program
The ACT Government Graduate Program offers adjusted eligibility for people from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with a Disability. If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person or person with Disability you must:
The ACT Public Service supports workforce diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, neurodiverse people, culturally diverse people and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.
Candidates will undergo a range of assessment for the 2024 ACT Government Graduate Program. All assessment is designed and developed to assess candidates alignment with the ACT Public Service (ACTPS) Values and Behaviours and our ACTPS Shared Capability Framework. All our assessment is virtual, including our Assessment Centres!
Applications for the 2024 program are open and will close Sunday 30 April 2023 at 11:59 AEDT. Following applications and if you are selected to progress, our process includes:
During the VAC you should anticipate behavioural or evidence-based questions, practical exercises (eg aptitude test, situational role-plays, written exams). Evidence-based questions usually aim to gather concrete and specific information about you and usually start with the following phrases:
Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand Citizens can join the ACT Government as temporary or permanent employees. Individuals with a valid work visa can only apply for temporary roles.
Note that a New Zealand citizen who resides in Australia and holds a Special Category temporary residence visa (SCV) under the Commonwealth Migration Act 1958 is treated as a permanent resident of Australia for the purpose of assessing that person's eligibility to be employed by the ACT Government but does not affect a person's residency status in relation to any other federal, state or territory law.
The 2024 ACT Government Graduate Program offers a starting salary of $76,225 per annum plus superannuation. On successful completion of the program, graduates are promoted to an ASO5 (or equivalent) Classification on a salary of $85,749 per annum plus superannuation.
ACT Government employees are entitled to various types of leave including four weeks of annual leave and 3.6 weeks of personal leave per annum. Employees can also use compassion, Defence reserve, community service, maternity, bonding and parental leave.
Under ACTPS Enterprise Agreements, graduates may be eligible to receive reimbursement for reasonable costs associated with relocating to the ACT. For further information take a look at the Agreement or speak with the ACTPS Graduate Program Manager about reasonable relocation costs and what is required to access this entitlement.