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03 November 2021

Applications for the 2022 program open on 25 October and close on 7 November 2021. Please note that due to tight timeframes, we do not accept late applications.

Our application process has three simple stages with video interviews available to meet COVID-19 restrictions. This process has been designed to draw out the best in all applicants. We will keep you informed of your progress at every stage.

If you need more information before you apply, please see About our Graduate Development Program.

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Steps for the application process

  1. Online application form

    To start your application process, please click the above Apply now button.

    Please ensure you have already prepared the following as you will be required to include them with your application:

    • Your resume or CV;
    • Copy of your most recent academic transcript; and
    • Your statement of claims.
  2. Need tips?

    Need tips on writing your statement of claims? See our hints and tips for applying.

  3. Assessment centre – Written assessment and panel interview

    If you are shortlisted, a select number of applicants will progress to the assessment centre. This will involve a written assessment and a video conference interview.

  4. Offer

    If you are successful at the assessment centre, a verbal offer for placement in the program will be made to you. As part of the offer pack, you will be required to satisfactorily obtain a Baseline Security Clearance.

Recruitment timeline

Applications open
Applications will open Monday 25 October 2021 and close at 11.30pm on Sunday 7 November 2021. Please note late applications will not be accepted.

Candidates shortlisted
The selection panel will shortlist candidates by the end of Mid November 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in an assessment centre process. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by mid-December.

Assessment centre
Shortlisted candidates will undertake assessments which may include, written and virtual interview. Assessment centre assessments will be conducted in November 2021.

Referee checks
Where candidates are found to be competitive following the assessment centre, referees will be contacted to confirm suitability.

Offers will be made to suitable candidates by early December 2021.

Hints and tips for applying

How to respond to the criteria in your statement of claims

Taken from Get it Right: A Recruitment Kit for Managers, APSC, 2003; see APSC Cracking the Code for further information.

To structure your response in your written application to the selection criteria, we recommend that you use the 'STAR' approach.

The STAR approach will assist you when responding to the questions asked.

STAR approach

The STAR approach asks you to answer some specific questions, giving examples of when and how you have used your skills.

  • Situation—Set the context by describing the circumstance where you used the skills or qualities and gained the experience.
  • Task—What was your role?
  • Actions—What did you do and how did you do it?
  • Results—What did you achieve? What was the end result and how does it relate to the job you are applying for?

When writing your response:

  • Use examples from work, university or other areas of your life
  • Focus on your own involvement in various situations (use 'I' rather than 'we')
  • Provide recent examples wherever possible
  • Use examples that have a clear beginning, middle and end

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