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Please note: Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services will not be running a Graduate Program in 2014.

To receive updates on a program in 2015 please register your interest on the Queensland Government Graduate Portal.

About the program

Our Graduate Development Program provides recent university graduates with an extensive professional development program to enhance their leadership skills and personal capabilities.

During the 12-month program, graduates gain competencies through their work placement and by participating in a variety of mandatory professional development activities and individually nominated courses.

Mentoring relationships and peer support help to consolidate learnings and adapt to employment within the Queensland Public Service.

The program also offers optional rotations into other business units, providing graduates with a broad range of experiences in different areas.

Successful graduates will be on probation for the duration of the 12 month program and will be appointed to a permanent position at a PO2 level within the department at the end of the program.


During the program, graduates are supported by:

  • their managers and supervisors
  • a mentor
  • a peer network (including graduates from other agencies)
  • consultants from Human Resources and Ethical Standards.

Through the department’s Achievement and Capability Planning process, graduates will have the opportunity to set goals and targets to help manage their own development and career.

Eligibility requirements

The program is for people who have graduated from university in the past two years in the desired disciplines.

In addition to a minimum three years full-time or equivalent undergraduate degree, graduates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • have completed their qualifications during the two years immediately prior to applying for this program
  • are prepared to present academic credentials or transcripts as part of the recruitment and selection process
  • are Australian citizens or hold New Zealand citizenship with a special category visa or permanent residency.

Graduates of all ages are encouraged to apply.

Please note: Some graduate allied health professional positions require a minimum four years full-time or equivalent degree (e.g. Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, etc) or post-graduate qualification (e.g. Psychology with Honours).

If you have any questions regarding the graduate program, email