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27 September 2017

​The Clean Energy Regulator Graduate Development Program provides you with the opportunity to develop a well rounded knowledge of the work of the agency, gain experience in the public sector and develop a deep understanding of Australia’s biggest policy developments. Participants of the 2018 Graduate Program will experience:

  • The rotation system to gain experience across the agency
  • An Intensive and engaging development program
  • Delivery of a major project in collaboration with the graduate cohort, and
  • A mentor and buddy program to help develop new skills and help you align your experience and knowledge with the agency. .


During your program, you will get the opportunity to work in three different areas of our business. The rotation structure allows us to give our graduates a wide range of experiences. This provides the chance to get a clearer idea of where you can take your career. Rotations give you plenty of opportunities to network and learn from different experts across the agency and Australian Public Service.

​Training and career development

Throughout the program, you will be provided with the necessary training and development required to be effective in your role and to provide you with the foundation skills required to launch your APS career. Through participation in the program, graduates will gain relevant knowledge and skills in government administration as well as the technical expertise required to be an effective technical specialist within the Clean Energy Regulator.

Completion of a major project

The program includes a unique opportunity to complete and present a major project. This project provides you with access to our executive and business experts across the agency. Past graduates have presented projects which have gone onto inform changes and improvements within the business. 

Organisational support

In addition to support from the agency and the graduate coordinator, you will also receive individual support from buddies (former graduates) and mentors. As a graduate, you will also have the opportunity to be involved in events across the agency as part of the agency's Social Club.​

What we are looking for in a graduate

As a regulatory agency working in a complex environment, we are looking for graduates from varied backgrounds. We are looking for graduates with high-level analytical and communication skills, along with people who work well in teams. Practical, results-oriented people who are able to work under pressure, occasionally in difficult environments, meet tight deadlines and who are pro-active in getting out and about and making contacts.

Recent graduates have had degrees in Environmental Science and Management, Development Studies (environmental sustainability), Science (Geology) and Engineering. 


To be eligible for this program, you will need to:

  • have completed an undergraduate degree or higher in the last three years or be in your last year of study (to be completed by January 2018)
  • have maintained a credit (or equivalent) average throughout the degree
  • be an Australian citizen or receive Australian citizenship status prior to the program commencing
  • be willing to relocate to Canberra (relocation assistance will be offered to the successful applicants)
  • be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance to a minimum of baseline level.

We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from a cultural or linguistically diverse background, people with a disability, and mature age candidates.

​About the Clean Energy Regulator

The Clean Energy Regulator is the government body responsible for accelerating carbon abatement for Australia through the administration of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme, Safeguard Mechanism, Renewable Energy Target and the Emissions Reduction Fund.​​

We work with our stakeholders and clients including Australian Government dep​artments and agencies, industry bodies, liable entities and the community to provide regulatory services of the highest standard.

Our organisational structure equips us to administer and implement the areas of legislation that are our responsibility and our agency values outlines our commitments.

Further information

Further information on the 2018 Graduate Development Program can be obtained by contacting the Graduate Coordinator​.

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