Graduate streams

The ACTPS graduate program offers six specialised streams that will guide the nature of your work during the program and in your permanent position afterwards. You will also get an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and work in areas you may not otherwise have considered.

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  • Commerce and Business graduate roles include corporate/business roles with a specialist focus in areas such as finance, economics, accounting, management, human resources, public relations and communication. Commerce and Business graduates will be open to a vast array of opportunities, from working on the ACT Budget, to communicating with the local community about upcoming events.
  • Positions in this stream are available across all directorates.
  • Recommended Qualifications: Finance, Accounting, Costing Analysis, Economics, Human Resources, Management, Public Relations, Communications and Marketing.
  • What our 2018 Commerce and Business graduates had to say:
    • ‘I was so fortunate to participate in the 2018–19 Budget Review and the initial stage of the 2019–20 Budget in my last rotation at Treasury. It gave me good insight into the Government’s Budget processes and broadened my understanding about various social issues faced by the ACT Government (such as disability supports or child protection services - which I would never know otherwise). It was great to know that my work actually contributed to a better and more liveable Canberra.’ - Julie
    • ‘Completing the graduate program has made me reaffirm that I want to continue to work in the public service and contribute to the great work the ACTPS does for the community. Getting to work in very different areas across the 3 rotations allowed me to develop a greater understanding of the innovative work the organisation undertakes.’ - Tom
    • ‘I was so fortunate to work on a pilot staff health and wellbeing program that directly improved the physical, psychological and psychosocial wellbeing of staff.' - Kristina
  • Human Services graduate roles include work in frontline and policy human service, in areas such as social work, psychology, social welfare and social science.
  • Positions in this stream sit within the divisions of Housing ACT and Children Youth and Families.
  • Graduates will work to support the social policy for the local Canberra community – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women, children and young people, people with disability and seniors and veterans.
  • Graduates will work in roles that offer early and statutory support to vulnerable Canberrans, services for children, young people and families, access to safe and secure housing, child protection and youth justice interventions.
  • Due to the technical nature of this stream, graduates will usually only rotate within the Community Service Directorate and will be placed in a case management role upon successful completion of the graduate program.
  • Recommended qualifications: Social Work, Psychology, Social Welfare, Social Science, Human Services and relevant experience where possible.
  • Additional requirements: Graduates will need to have a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) registration when beginning work and will need to be able to get a driving licence.
  • What our 2018 Human Services graduates had to say:
    • ‘I am so fortunate to have worked, and to continue to work, with ensuring the care and protection of Canberra's most vulnerable children and young people. I never expected to work on writing a speech for a Minister to be used at an Awards presentation - it was a challenge. - Ashleigh
    • ‘I am incredibly fortunate to have worked on a truly diverse number of tasks/projects that have significantly developed my confidence and skills in a range of both government and health professional specific areas. This has opened my eyes to the number of pathways I can pursue with my qualifications and interests and I am grateful the graduate program has provided me with this experience.’ - Casey
  • ICT graduate roles include working within a modern ICT environment which includes four major data centres, and an extensive private optical-fibre voice and data network. Other services provided include Server and Desktop support, Database Design and Management, ICT project management and business system development and support.
  • Positions in this stream are in either directorate-specific ICT teams or in the ACT Government Shared Services. Shared Services ICT provides a range of ICT and services to all ACT Government Directorates and their staff as well as to ACT Government schools and the Canberra Institute of Technology. Due to the technical nature of this stream and the location of ICT rotations, graduates in this stream will usually only rotate within ICT-specific work areas.
  • Recommended qualifications: ICT Engineering, ICT Security, Application Support, Infrastructure Management and those who have had exposure to Business Analysis and ICT Project Management, Computer Science, Innovation and Design.
  • Types of roles you might experience:
    • application development
    • application lifecycle management
    • business analysis
    • customer relationship management
    • data centre management
    • desktop management
    • development and test environment management
    • enterprise architecture
    • ICT security
    • IT service management
    • networks management
    • operational infrastructure
    • platform systems management
    • project management
    • service desk
    • storage and backup management
    • web development.
  • What our 2018 ICT graduates had to say:
    • ‘I felt instantly welcomed by my team when I commenced the Grad Program. They put a real effort in to getting to know me and we socialised through morning teas and BBQs. I’ve also enjoyed meeting other grads and forming friendships throughout the year. It’s great having peers to share your experiences with and have a laugh together at grad events like the annual Grad Debate.’ - Tom
    • ‘I got to design and build online forms for different agencies within ACT Government. This also includes the graduate program form. I think being part of this team give me an opportunity to know and learn about the working of other areas as well because I need to understand the workflow of each business unit in order to build the online form to improve the customer online experience.’ - Ploy
  • Infrastructure graduate roles include environment and planning, town planning, civil and urban architecture, or an engineering focus.
  • Positions in this stream are typically located in Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate, the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, the Health Directorate and the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate.
  • Recommended Qualifications: Sustainability and Environment, Town Planning, Architecture, Engineering and Surveying.
  • Types of roles you might experience:
    • architecture
    • computing science
    • ecologist
    • electrical engineering
    • engineers (civil work)
    • geographer
    • landscape architecture
    • policy and economics
    • urban design (city and township design)
    • urban planning.
  • What our 2018 Infrastructure graduates had to say:
    • ‘I never expected to work on major data / IT projects, especially having no practical experience in the industry. It has been a fantastic opportunity to further my skillset and test my flexibility.’ - Brad
    • ‘I was so fortunate to work on projects that would make a real and immediate difference in the ACT.’ - Peter
  • Law graduate roles include policy work where a legal background is required or beneficial to the position. You should be aware that opportunities for practical law experience in the Graduate Program are rare.
  • Positions in this stream are typically located in the Justice and Community Safety Directorate and the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate but may also become available in other directorates.
  • Recommended qualifications: Law, Legal studies combined with Commerce; some exposure to commercial contracts would also be relevant.
  • What our 2018 Law graduates had to say:
    • ‘I never expected to work on law reforms that I would see introduced into the Legislative Assembly.' - Kara
    • ‘I never expected to work on reforming combat sports.’ - Claudia
  • Public Policy and Administration roles give graduates the opportunity explore all facets of policy and government administration in different areas of the ACTPS.
  • Positions in this stream are available across all directorates.
  • Recommended qualifications: Government Administration, Public Policy, Public administration
  • What our 2018 Public Policy and Administration graduates had to say:
    • ‘The ACTPS Graduate Program is a transformative experience - you finish the Program having developed capacities that prepare you to make a significant contribution to the public sector and beyond. - Christopher
    • ‘My experience in the ACTPS Graduate Program was amazing! I had so many opportunities to work on – and lead! – really interesting and valuable work in all of my rotations. My supervisors helped me to develop my Public Service skills, and supported me throughout the program. Graduate training and events like the Graduate Debate allowed me to network with the other graduates and better understand the diverse roles within the ACT Government.’ - Kate
    • ‘I never expected to work on so many different things in a 10 month period. I have visited a retirement village as part of the Retirement Villages Act reform process, been to all sorts of meetings, participated in community information sessions and workshops, worked on procurement, appointments, cab subs, etc. It has been a fantastic experience.’ - Oliver