Department of Education Graduate Program

Discover Your Future

Discover your future! Applications for the Department of Education 2020 Graduate Program have now CLOSED. 

The Department of Education was voted Australia’s most sought-after graduate public sector employer for 2019 by Australian university students (GradAustralia). 

We are looking for graduates with ANY DEGREE that are ready to work in a fun and innovative organisation. We value your skills, knowledge and experience and are committed to supporting you discover your future.  Find out for yourself and apply to be a part of our dynamic, people-focused organisation!

As a graduate within the Department of Education, we will offer you:

  • An opportunity to grow your career through two diverse work placements over 10 months
  • Dedicated career pathways in different disciplines (Generalist, Legal, Human Resources and Data)
  • Exposure to our business and our people through the opportunity to get involved in employee networks, peer support and mentoring relationships
  • Dedicated graduate alumni and Senior Executive Champion 
  • Access to professional development including participation in the APS Graduate Development Program and on-the-job learning activities
  • Excellent employment conditions with competitive remuneration, superannuation and employee entitlements PLUS generous relocation assistance
  • A workplace culture that embraces work-life balance
  • A strong foundation for a career in the APS.

Applications have now closed.


The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with Department of Education Graduate Program.


  1. 2020 Graduate Program Guidelines

    Created: 9 July 2019

    Guidelines sets out the expectations for graduates, supervisors and the People, Culture and Capability Branch throughout the duration of the program. Successful completion of...

  2. 2020 Graduate Program Relocation Guidelines

    Created: 14 October 2019

    Document outlines the guidelines for graduates relocating to Canberra in 2020

  3. Data Career Pathway

    Created: 28 June 2019

    Are you passionate about working with data? Do you have a desire to use data to help develop and improve outcomes for education? If so, then we would love to hear from you. The...

  4. Department of Education and Training Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019

    Created: 14 April 2016

    Approved Enterprise Agreement for the Department of Education and Training (Fair Work Commission Agreement ID AE418420), effective from 8 April 2016

  5. Fact Sheet- Graduate Program Relocation Assistance

    Created: 31 August 2018

    The Department of Education and Training provides reasonable relocation assistance for Graduate Program participants who will require to relocate to Canberra to commence...

  6. Generalist Career Pathway

    Created: 28 June 2019

    Do you want to be part of something bigger — leading projects that maximise prosperity and opportunity through national leadership on education and making a real difference to...

  7. Human Resources (HR) Career Pathway

    Created: 28 June 2019

    If you have a mind for human resources and want to help our leaders develop the cultural and business intelligence necessary for the Department of Education to be a world-class...

  8. Legal Career Pathway

    Created: 28 June 2019

    Are you a legal graduate with a strong academic record, great interpersonal skills and a ‘can do’ attitude?  Do you want to work with friendly and high calibre colleagues who...

  9. Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2017- 2019.

    Created: 3 December 2014  |  Last modified: 18 December 2014

    The department is committed to reconciliation and supports workplace diversity. It values the contributions of people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives,...