As a graduate at the Department of Agriculture, you will make a valuable contribution to Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries.

We have nine career streams to choose from, assisting our graduates to build world-leading careers. Graduate positions are also available in other agencies within the agriculture portfolio, including the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Learn more about our purpose and responsibilities.

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What to expect

Our 12-month Graduate Program will develop your existing knowledge and skills, and ultimately your confidence in the workplace.

Each and every stream of work supports our agricultural sector so it can be sustainable and internationally competitive. Learn more about each stream:


Graduate positions are also available in other agencies within the agriculture portfolio, including the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Previous graduates have found our program to be both challenging and rewarding. Read about what they had to say.

Our commitment to diversity

Our vision is to foster a workplace where employees feel included, valued, and have access to opportunities and resources that support full participation at work. We embrace the variety of experiences, skills and perspectives that people bring to the workplace and want to harness these to achieve the department’s objectives.

The unique perspectives our employees bring to the workplace could include how they identify in relation to their age, caring responsibilities, cultural background, disability, gender, Indigenous background, sexual orientation and socio-economic background.

One of our key priorities is increasing our representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff, and ensuring their cultural safety. Our Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-19, is about building respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian Community, and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy 2018-2020 outlines our target of 4 per cent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff by 2020.

We are committed to being an employer of choice for LGBTIQ+ employees, and participate in the Australian Workplace Equality Index every year. This index is a national benchmark on LGBTIQ workplace inclusion, and helps us gauge the impact of inclusion initiatives and helps us do more where we can.

We’re also focused on ensuring gender equality through our Gender Equality Implementation and Delivery Plan.  This plan outlines our commitment to a workforce where opportunities do not depend on an individual's gender, and the aspirations and needs of all genders are considered.

We are also a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability.

Our Employee Networks play a key role in promoting an inclusive workplace. Within our five networks identifying staff and allies can share experiences, build relationships and promote awareness of diversity in the department through events and other initiatives.

Program eligibility

To be eligible for the 2020 Graduate Development Program, you must be an Australian citizen or have been granted citizenship prior to 1 January 2020.

You must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or higher qualification) at a minimum, prior to the programs commence in February 2020. There is no timeframe as to when you completed your degree. Find out more.

Living and working in Canberra

Canberra is ranked the #1 city for quality of living worldwide and the #3 city in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018. The Canberra region is renowned for its snow, surf and stunning scenery. Relocating here for our Graduate Development Program would be sure to tick all the boxes!

Find more information on living and working in Canberra.

Apply for the DAWR Graduate Program

Applications for the 2020 Graduate Development Program open 14 March 2019.

You will be required to submit a 1000 word statement outlining why you want to be employed on the Graduate Development Program. You will also be required to upload a copy of your CV and academic transcript. Find more information.

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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