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Graduate Development Program

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21 September 2023

Our Graduate Development Program is an 11-month program where you will:

  • rotate across 3 different work areas. The first rotation is decided before the program starts, but you get a say in your second and third rotation
  • take part in the Australian Public Service Commission Graduate Development Program
  • have access to other learning and development opportunities
  • attend networking events and activities
  • work with other graduates to run our internal Social Club
  • join a mentor and buddy program to help develop new skills and knowledge of the CER.

Applications are open

Applications for our Graduate Development Program are open from October 3 – October 31, 2023. You can apply via our current job opportunities.


To apply for the Graduate Development Program, you must:

  • have completed an undergraduate degree (or higher) in the last 3 years or be in your last year of study and will complete your study before the program starts
  • have maintained a credit (or equivalent) average throughout the degree
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be willing to move to Canberra (we will help you move if you’re successful)
  • be able to get and maintain a minimum Baseline security clearance.

What we're looking for in a graduate

As a regulatory agency, we want graduates with analytical and communication skills. You must be able to work under pressure to tight deadlines. Our graduates ideally have a passion for the work of the CER, and a drive and desire to contribute to the CER’s goals.

We're looking for motivated graduates with a wide range of qualifications and experiences, including but not limited to:

  • business and management
  • communications
  • engineering and mathematics
  • humanities, arts and social sciences
  • IT and computer science
  • law, legal studies and justice
  • property and built environment
  • sciences.

Benefits for you

We employ our graduates as APS3 staff. That means you will have a salary between $70,827 to $73,998 plus 15.4% superannuation. Other benefits include:

  • generous leave entitlements (paid annual and personal/carer’s leave, public holidays, and Christmas shutdown)
  • paid relocation to Canberra (including up to 4 weeks of temporary accommodation)
  • a full-time permanent APS4 role after you complete the graduate program.

How to apply

1. Prepare your application

Update your resume

Make sure you update your resume with your current personal details, education and relevant work experience.

Get a copy of your most recent academic transcript

Contact your university for a copy of your academic transcript.

Let us know, in between 500 and 750 words:

  • your understanding of what our Graduate Program is
  • how you see the program connecting with your broader career goals and aspirations
  • which parts of the program would most benefit you.

2. Submit your application

When you're ready to submit your application:

  • log in to eRecruit
  • complete the online application form and answer the questions. You can save your progress as you go and come back anytime
  • copy and paste your statement of claims into the system
  • upload your resume and any other documents needed (for example, tertiary qualifications)
  • preview and submit your application.

3. Next steps

After applications have closed, our Graduate Selection panel will assess them. If you’re shortlisted, we will invite you to take part in further assessment, which may include:

  • online work test
  • online personality and skills assessments
  • interview with the panel conducted virtually
  • referee checks. (We prefer references from a current or former manager: from a part time or casual job is fine. If that is not possible, then a university advisor.)

The shortlisting and assessment process can take 4 to 6 weeks from the date applications close.

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