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Our Department

Great Cities. Strong Regions. Connecting Australians.

The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is at the forefront of the Australian Government's efforts to secure the nation's economic future and improve living standards. We do this by building stronger communities through major infrastructure planning, investment advice and delivery, transport system reform and strategic development of policies and programs.

We manage some of Australia's most significant infrastructure projects which impact the wider community, including regulating airports, implementing the Smart Cities Plan and the development of the Western Sydney Airport and the Inland Rail.

Graduates are an important part of our workforce and you will have the opportunity to develop your professional public sector skills, grow your network and contribute to supporting productive, accessible, liveable cities and solving the infrastructure, transport and regional development challenges of the future.

Our Graduate Development Program

Are you looking for a head start in your Australian Public Service career? Our 11-month Graduate Development Program is a generalist program that sources talent across all academic disciplines.

As an Infrastructure Graduate, we will add to the skills you have acquired at university by developing your professional public sector skills through a combination of work rotations, exciting capability development opportunities and an interstate industry tour. From roads to large-scale shipping, city planning to the development of regional Australia, the department shapes the future direction of Australia. As part of our Graduate Development Program, you will be right in the thick of it as you build your career.

During our Program, you will experience:

  • A familiarisation day before you commence
  • The opportunity to connect with a buddy from the previous year’s Graduate cohort
  • An induction week to help you settle in
  • A chance to work in different work areas across the department for each of your rotations
  • A pay rise after successfully completing your first two rotations
  • A diverse range of learning and development opportunities that align to your career goals
  • The responsibility of coordinating and hosting the department’s Social Club fundraising activities
  • A once in a lifetime industry tour week with your graduate cohort, and
  • An awesome graduation ceremony with the departments’ Executive!

The Benefits

You'll receive a starting salary of approx. $59,000 during your graduate year, plus 15.4% superannuation. Then after successfully completing your first two rotations, you’ll advance to approx. $66,500. Upon successful completion of the program, your ongoing salary will be approx. $74,500.

You'll also have access to the following workplace support and conditions, including:

  • 20 days recreation leave a year
  • 20 days a year of personal circumstances leave, which includes sick, family, emergency and cultural leave
  • 18 weeks paid maternity leave or 6 weeks paid supporting partner leave after 12 months of continuous service
  • Flexible work hours
  • Employee health and wellbeing initiatives.

Following the program, as a member of the department, you'll also have access to:

  • Career coaching and professional development opportunities
  • Financial support to undertake further study in an area relevant to the business of the department and broader APS
  • Mobility and career progression within the organisation.

What to Expect

We pride ourselves on giving you the best candidate experience possible – we want you to relax, have fun, and maybe even learning something new!

Our application and assessment process is phased. If you’re successful in progressing through each phase, you can expect to:

  1. Submit an online application form – no written application or CV necessary! Just give us a few personal details via our online form and that’s it!
  2. Undertake a few initial assessments – this will include a cognitive assessment and video interview, but don’t panic! We have a great team to guide you, and a dedicated hotline available for you to ask any questions.
  3. Participate in an Assessment Centre – we want to meet you in person! This is your chance to really show us who you are and what you’re made of. Assessments may include but are not limited to:
    • A group activity with other candidates
    • A work sample testing activity
    • An individual panel interview or presentation
  4. Referee checks – we think you’re amazing! This is when we confirm just how amazing you are with your two chosen referees.
  5. Receive an offer of employment – congratulations, you did it! Our Executive want you to join the department as part of a fantastic cohort of future leaders.

Applications for the 2020 Graduate Development Program are open from Monday 11 March 2019 to 11:59 pm (AEST) Sunday 5 May 2019 – please see further details under “How to Apply”.

For more information about our 2020 Graduate Development Program, please download this handy Graduate Development Program Candidate Guide PDF: 1427 KB

What We Want From You

We’re looking for motivated Graduates with a strong vision for Australia's future and a willingness to identify problems and implement innovative solutions to join our 2020 Graduate Development Program.

Here at Infrastructure, we assess all staff based on 10 core capabilities that you are expected to display, listed under three categories:

CategoryCore Capability

Outcomes Driven

Optimises results

Makes evidence-based decisions

Engages effectively with stakeholders


Manages self

Acts with integrity

Communicates with influence

Develops others

Future Focused

Applies business acumen

Adapts to change

Strives for continuous improvement


Before you complete your application, you should consider your eligibility. To be eligible for our Program, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Have completed a minimum of a three year undergraduate degree by January 2020
  • Have completed your degree within the last 5 years
  • Have achieved a minimum of a credit average
  • Be able to obtain and maintain a baseline security clearance
  • Be prepared to relocate to Canberra.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 Graduate Development Program are open from Monday 11 March 2019 to 11:59 pm (AEST) Sunday 5 May 2019. Please use the below link to apply now.

For any additional support in accessibility to your application, or if you have any questions, please contact our friendly Graduate recruitment partner, Hays Recruitment on 02 6112 7620 or at

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates! We look forward to receiving your application, good luck!


Please download this FAQs document PDF: 792 KB. We hope it answers some of your questions about:

  • Life as an Infrastructure Graduate
  • The recruitment process, including Assessment Centres
  • Calculating your GPA or WAM
  • Indigenous Affirmative Measures (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians)
  • RecruitAbility (for people living with disability)

Career Fair Dates

Our friendly Graduate recruitment team will be attending the following Career Fairs, so please come and visit our stall to chat about the Program, as well as meet a number of our Executive and 2018 Graduates.

Career Fair


University of Newcastle

5 March 2019

University of Melbourne

5 March 2019

University of Melbourne

5 March 2019

University of Sydney

6 March 2019

University of New South Wales

7 March 2019

Monash University

7 March 2019

University of Wollongong

12 March 2019

University of Western Australia

12 March 2019

University of Technology Sydney

13 March 2019

Western Sydney University

13 March 2019

Curtin University

13 March 2019

Macquarie University

14 March 2019

Big Meet - Perth

14 March 2019

Big Meet - Adelaide

15 March 2019

University of Newcastle

19 March 2019

La Trobe University

19 March 2019

University of Queensland

20 March 2019

La Trobe University

20 March 2019

Tertiary to Work (ACT Unis)

21 March 2019

Bond University

21 March 2019

University of Adelaide

22 March 2019

Big Meet - Melbourne

22 March 2019

Big Meet - Brisbane

25 March 2019

James Cook University - Townsville

26 March 2019

Central Queensland University - Rockhampton

27 March 2019

Big Meet - Sydney

29 March 2019

Living in Canberra

If you’re an interstate candidate and are successful in gaining a position on our Graduate Development Program, you can expect to:

  • Relocate to Canberra – at our expense
  • Receive up to three weeks temporary accommodation in the heart of Canberra City
  • Have your belongings moved and temporarily stored for up to three weeks while you find your new home.

Its reputation may precede it, but with a population in the vicinity of 390,000 Canberra really is much more than just Australia's public service hub and the seat of Australia's Parliament.

Canberra is Australia's largest inland city and is brimming with lifestyle, city services and world-class events and attractions. The shopping is great, nightclubs are stylish and trendy, the café culture is buzzing and its people are friendly.

Canberrans love their sport and have the highest participation rate in Australia—from lawn bowls to water polo and everything in between. Whether you are cheering on Canberra's top rugby league and rugby union teams, watching AFL, cricket or playing golf, bushwalking or cycling around our many bike trails, Canberra has the sports and recreational facilities to suit your needs.

We're also just a few hours' drive from the NSW snowfields, Sydney and the south coast's legendary beaches. The Canberra region boasts some of the best food and wine experiences Australia has to offer, with more than 10 wineries within a 30km drive.

By capital city standards Canberra is an affordable place to live, with an outstanding education system, excellent health services, shorter commuting times, plenty of fresh air and community living.

More useful information on Canberra can be found here:

  • The ACT Government's Live in Canberra website is a great source of information and their team can help you with advice on settlement, employment, housing and lifestyle.
  • Australian Capital Tourism's Visit Canberra website has all the info on where to go and what to see and do in the capital.
  • The Brumbies Rugby and Raiders website has all the info on memberships.
  • The National Capital Authority's website is also a great source of information.
  • To find out what other graduates are up to in Canberra, check out the Social Network of Graduates.


Last Updated: 9 April, 2019

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Starting level: APS3, around $59,000 (+ 15.4% superannuation)

Level on successful completion: APS5, around $74,500 (+ 15.4% superannuation)

Location: Canberra, ACT