Graduate Development Program (GDP) 2022 [V488]

Graduate Development Program (GDP) 2022 [V488]

22 Apr
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Australian Capital Territory

22 Apr

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Australian Capital Territory

Graduate Development Program (GDP) 2022

The opportunity

We’re looking for fresh-thinking, innovative and high-performing Graduates to contribute to shaping the future of Australia’s infrastructure, transport, regional development, communications and creative industries.

We’re at the forefront of the Australian Government’s efforts to connect our communities, secure the nation’s economic future, improve living standards, provide access to high quality communication services and ensure all Australians can enjoy diverse artistic and cultural experiences.

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 also set the course for Australia’s digital future, encourage participation and excellence in arts and culture, and work on policy that supports and protects our cultural heritage.

Wherever you start your public service career as a graduate, you’ll do meaningful work from day one, be asked to contribute, be recognised for your perspective and see the impact you can make in the Australian community we serve.

If you are seeking a career where you can make a difference in the lives of everyday Australians, you will find it at Infrastructure!

Why choose Infrastructure?

We are seeking graduates to join our 2022 Graduate Development Program with a vision of Australia’s future and a willingness to identify problems and implement innovative solutions. You will have the opportunity to work in a way that enriches our communities, empowers our regions and leaves a positive impact for generations to come.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has a reasonably small group of graduates each year, which enables the Department to provide the highest quality, personable and tailored support to each incoming graduate. We understand that the transition from study to career can be a challenging one. For many, it is also the first time they have lived away from home, and most graduates are moving interstate. We work hard to make the whole process as easy as possible for you and offer a generous travel, accommodation and storage package. We also help you settle into Canberra with plenty of recommendations on housing, food, activities and experiences, with a generous relocation package to support you through the transition into life in Canberra.

The Program

The GDP is designed to add to the skills Graduates have acquired at university by developing professional public sector skills through a combination of work rotations, internal training and formal learning and development. The Department's GDP provides a unique 11 month accelerated career progression, a salary increase and advancement from the APS Level 3 to APS Level 5 on successful completion.

The key elements of the GDP comprises of:

- an 11-month generalist program that sources talent across all academic disciplines;

- three work rotations across the department (12 – 14 weeks each);

- commencement as an APS 3 employee;

- upon successful completion of rotations one and two, advancement to an APS 4;

- upon successful completion of the program, advancement to an ongoing APS 5;

- a structured learning and development program, which includes a formal qualification through a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (the Graduate Certificate) delivered by the University of Canberra (UC);

- a Major Research Project, a component of the Certificate; giving Graduates the opportunity to meet and work with the Senior Executive Staff (SES) and to research a topic directly relevant to the department and its outcomes; and

- participation in the coordination of corporate events including the department's Social Club and Christmas Party.

During the Graduate Program, you will have access to career coaching and professional development opportunities. Upon completion of the program consideration for financial support and paid leave to undertake further study in relevant areas, and broader Australian Public Service and mobility and career progression within the department.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Enterprise Agreement 2016 offers more information about our employment conditions.

We recognise and value that team diversity and a culture of inclusion enhances our work performance and the wellbeing of everyone. In 2019, Diversity Council Australia recognised our Department as an inclusive employer for our diversity measures. We encourage graduates of all backgrounds and identities to apply as we are committed to supporting you during the graduate program and beyond.

We are committed to supporting and engaging with Indigenous staff and communities. This is demonstrated in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Retention Strategy 2020-2022 and our upcoming Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan.

Who are we looking for

We are looking for graduates that are innovative, curious and future-focused, with a desire to learn and to help shape Australia’s infrastructure, transport, regional development, communications and creative industries.

Successful graduates explore opportunities and exemplify drive and adaptability. They are responsive and comfortable with change. Graduates want to be challenged in a flexible and fast-paced environment. But above all else, graduates have a positive attitude and a desire to learn.

We are looking for graduates who aren’t afraid to do things differently and create an impact – those who are bold enough to take the lead.


To be eligible for a position on the department’s Graduate Development Program you must submit a completed application form prior to the closing date and time, and provide evidence or confirmation of the following:

- Be an Australian citizen by January 2022 (you may be asked to provide evidence of this);

- Have completed (at least) an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 qualification (a Bachelor Degree), equivalent, or higher equivalent by January 2022;

- Have completed the most recent degree no more than 5 years from the date of the application being submitted;

- Have received a credit rating average;

- Be able to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance once accepted into a graduate program;

- Be willing to undergo any police, character, health or other checks as required; and

- Be willing to relocate to Canberra.

If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to the assessment process please note this in your application and we will contact you to discuss any additional support that will assist you throughout the assessment process.

Apply now!

Applications to apply directly with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications will be open from 9 March 2021 and close 27 April 2021 .

The first stage of the application process is online. Allow yourself around one hour to complete the application process and submit by 11.30pm on the closing date to avoid any technical issues. In addition to providing information about your interests, work experience and general application criteria (e.g. educational experience), you will require a copy of your current resume and academic transcript. You will also be asked to complete capability assessments that are described below:

Situational Judgement Questions : You will be asked to respond to a series of situational questions that reflect experiences which graduates may encounter in the program as well as some questions that will require a response. These questions will examine the fit between your preferred working style and the working environment and culture in the Department.

Written Motivational Question : You will be asked to respond to the below question in 500 words. We aim to assess your motivation behind applying for the program and what skills you will bring to the role. Don’t forget to respond using the STAR method and think about the capabilities we are looking for that have been outlined in this job pack.

What has motivated you to apply for a Graduate position at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications? Based on your skills and experience, how do you think you will be able to contribute to the work of the department?

Click "Apply" below to submit your application!

Further information regarding the application and assessment process can be found on the Graduate Development Programpage.

In 2021, we are also a participating agency in the following Graduate opportunities:

Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP) Generalist Stream

Applying through the Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP) means you will also be considered for a range of other Australian Government agencies, including ours. In 2021 we are participating in the following Graduate Streams:

Data Stream

Digital Stream

Economists Stream

Generalist Stream

For more information on application opening and close dates and how to apply, head to the APSJobs Graduate Portal here.

Indigenous Graduate Pathway Program

As an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, you will be able to complete one application and be considered for multiple Agencies and Departments within the Australian Public Service (APS). 

Whether you start your career with us, or somewhere else in the APS, you will do meaningful work from day one.

Applications to apply through the Indigenous Graduate Pathway Program are now open and close on 23 April 2021.

Apply and find out more here.


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