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Please note: Our graduate program will not run in 2016.
Information on a 2017 program will be updated when available.
Recent graduates are still encouraged to apply for general vacancies advertised on Smart jobs and careers.

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, giving graduates a broad range of experiences in different areas.

Successful applicants will be on probation for the duration of the 12 month graduate program and will be appointed to a permanent position at a PO2 or AO3 level within the department at the end of the program.

"The best thing about the Graduate Program has been sharing the experience with the other graduates from a range of regions and disciplines, and developing new friendships as a result. The professional support of my mentor and the mentoring aspect of the Graduate Program have also been great." Billy Gannon, Provisional Psychologist, Oxley Service Centre (2013 Graduate Program participant).


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.

Read past graduate stories.

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

How to apply

Applicants who would like to be considered for a Queensland Government graduate program are encouraged to submit their application via the Graduate Portal.

You must meet the eligibility requirements prior to submitting your application.

The Graduate Portal is your gateway to a wide range of graduate positions on offer in the Queensland Government.

You may find some other information useful on the Graduate Portal:

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