Application and eligibility

​​​​​​​​​​​​Applications for the 2020 Graduate Development Program close 23rd April 2019

To help us achieve our goals and foster our positive workplace culture we are seeking graduates with the following characteristics:

  • aspiring leaders – you willingly tackle important issues
  • creative minds – you are open to doing things differently to achieve success
  • future thinkers – you anticipate and adapt to new situations
  • compassionate – you are mindful of the impact you have on others
  • responsive and collaborative individuals – you make things happen and build on partnerships to succeed.

To complement these characteristics, you will also have the following skills and attributes:

  • high motivation
  • well-developed written and oral communication skills
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • the ability to work well in a team
  • well-developed critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • ability to use initiative and be a flexible team member.


Applications for the 2020 Graduate Development Program are now open. You can apply here

You will be required to submit a 1000 word statement outlining why you want to be employed through the department’s Graduate Development Program. You will also be required to upload a copy of your CV and academic transcript.

We may use this process to fill graduate positions in other agencies within the agriculture portfolio, including the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). Please select the Generalist stream in your application to be considered for these roles.

Recruitment process

The recruitment process involves several assessment tasks that form gateways to the next. Each task is designed to assess your demonstrated ability to, or have the potential to develop the required skills, knowledge and qualifications to perform the graduate’s role.

The recruitment process is very in-depth and as such can take several months to complete. All applicants will be notified of their progress throughout the process. Successful applicants are likely to be notified in September 2019 and start the program in February 2020.

​Reasonable adjustments

Should you require any equipment or assistance to participate in our selection process, please nominate through your application form. For further information, email Graduate.


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.

International qualifications

If you received your degree overseas, you will need to have it recognised by the office of International Education. This website provides contact details for each state and territory.

Security clearance and medical examination

To be offered a position on the 2020 Graduate Development Program, you will need to obtain an Australian Federal Police (AFP) police records check. If you are cleared to be offered a position you will then be required to undertake the following.

  • Undergo a security clearance to the Negative Vetting Level 1, which involves a services of assessments and background checks conducted by AGSVA
  • Undergo a medical examination by the department’s external health provider to determine if you are medically fit to undertake the APS positions (this will include a Q fever vaccination).

Failure to undertake these processes or achieve the appropriate clearance may jeopardise your employment.

You must complete these processes if you are offered a position with the department.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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