Frequently Asked Questions

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International students are welcome to apply; however, you must meet the eligibility requirements regarding permanent residency and recognition of degree. You must attend assessment centres in Canberra if you are invited.

You must provide proof of residency or proof of a current application underway when you apply for the program. If you are offered a position in the program, you must get permanent residency by 31 December 2019 for your offer to remain valid.

Yes, but you must be in your final year of university. If you are offered a position in the program, you must provide evidence of successful completion of your degree by 31 December 2019 for your offer to remain valid.

No, although relevant skills are considered as part of the selection process.

You can apply for up to two streams relevant to your qualifications.

We recommend completing your application well before the application due date in case technical issues arise. If you have already submitted your application then you should have received an automatic email confirming receipt of application.

Late applications will not be considered.

We recommended applying for the recrutiment stream that best suits your qualifications and interests. If you are still unsure review the content present on the graduate program website for guidance or contact the Graduate Program team at

No, the ACTPS Graduate Program is a full-time 10 month program.

The number of positions in the program varies, but the ACTPS has set a target of 61 positions for the 2020 program spread across the six recruitment streams. The number of positions available in each stream varies each year in line with workforce requirements.

We will let you know the outcome of your application in accordance with the estimated timeframes. We will call applicants who are successful in being invited to an assessment centre and/or given an offer of employment. We will email unsuccessful applicants.

Each shortlisted applicant will be required to attend a one-day assessment centre in Canberra. We will arrange transport for people from outside the Canberra region.

During the interview, you can express your preferences for a particular directorate/s or area of work. The panel will consider these preferences. However, decisions about rotations and permanent positions will be based upon organisational needs and the availability of positions in each recruitment stream.

Each graduate will have a unique experience in the program and the day-to-day tasks and activities will vary widely depending upon the directorate you are working in and your recruitment stream.

When you successfully complete of the graduate program, you will be promoted to a permanent position, usually located within the directorate where you conduct your first rotation.

During your graduate year you will receive support from your immediate supervisor, your Directorate Graduate Coordinator, and the Graduate Program Manager. The Inclusion Employment team is also available to help any graduates who identify as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Person or who have a disability.

You can also participate in a number of staff and social networks, approach the Respect, Equity and Diversity Contact Officers for advice or information on workplace issues and access the Employee Assistance Programs if required.

Successful graduates will begin the 2020 ACT Public Service Graduate Program on Monday 3 February 2020.

The 2020 ACT Public Service Graduate Program offers a starting salary of $71,309 plus superannuation.

ACTPS employees receive 4 weeks annual leave and 3.6 weeks of personal leave per year. Other types of leave are available, including compassionate leave, community service leave, maternity leave, bonding and parental leave, Defence reserve leave, leave for domestic violence purposes and cultural leave provisions. For more information, read our Enterprise Agreements.

Study: Each directorate has its own studies-support scheme providing varying levels of assistance in the form of paid and unpaid leave and payment of course costs to support staff undertaking tertiary studies. Staff under probation cannot usually access study schemes, so if you are interested in applying, you may need to wait until you have successfully completed the graduate program.

Professional accreditations: You might obtain funding through their work area to cover the cost of professional memberships where appropriate and you could raise this as part of your development discussions with your supervisor. Again, this is something more likely to be considered once you have been made a permanent staff member.

The probation period is the full 10 months of the program. You will typically complete three probation reports, one for each rotation.

We can provide relocation assistance. The amount of assistance you can get will depend on a range of factors