Application and eligibility

​​​​​Applications for the 2019 Graduate Development Program will open on 8 March 2018

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 2019 Graduate Development Program will open on 8 March 2018​.

You will have to respond to three set questions with a specified word limit. 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.

Please note: Positions that are filled at the APVMA will be relocating from Canberra to Armidale within the next two years – joining other research and development organisations as part of an Agricultural Centre of Excellence.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ABARES Entry Level Professional Programme (ELPP) for graduates has its own application process. For information on eligibility and how to apply for this programme please go to ABARES Careers.​

​Reasonable adjustments

If you need any equipment or assistance to participate in our selection process, let us know during the application process.

Recruitment process

The recruitment process involves several assessment tasks. Each task is designed to assess your ability to demonstrate that you possess, or have the real potential to develop, the required skills, knowledge and qualifications to perform the graduate role.

The process can take several months with successful applicants likely to be notified in September/October 2017 and start the programme in February 2018.


To be eligible for the 2018 Graduate Development Programme you must be an Australian citizen.

You must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or higher qualification) by the programme’s commencement in February 2018.

There is no timeframe as to when you completed your degree. A minimum academic standard will not be set, although grades will be taken into consideration as part of the assessment process.

International qualifications

If you received your degree overseas, you will need to have it recognised by the office of International Education at the Department of Education and Training. If you have any questions in relation to your overseas qualification, contact International Education on 1300 615 262 or visit International Education's website.

Security clearance and medical examination

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

You will need to undergo a security clearance to the Negative Vetting Level 1 which involves a police records check and checks by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA).

You will need to undergo a medical examination by the department’s external health provider to determine if you are medically fit to undertake an APS position.

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