NSW Government Graduate Program - Public Service Commission

Register your interest for the 2020 NSW Government Graduate Program


NSW Government Graduate Program

Do you want a challenging and varied career with the opportunity to help deliver better outcomes for the people of NSW?

Apply for our award-winning NSW Government Graduate program and begin your journey with Australia's largest and most diverse employer. The Program offers:

  • 18 months’ experience across various NSW government agencies
  • Work on a variety of project initiatives
  • A personal mentor and executive sponsor
  • Opportunities to develop professional networks
  • A Diploma of Government qualification
  • Ongoing role offer on successful completion of the program
  • Competitive salary from day one

About the Roles

Find out about the structure of the program and the work successful candidates will engage in.
Find out about the role >>

Who should apply?

Information about eligibility and desired attributes.
Find out if you're eligible >>

Participating agencies

NSW public sector agencies and departments participating in the program.
Find out who they are >>

Graduate Recruitment Process - An Overview

Applicants will be assessed in a number of ways.
About the application process >>

Meet the grads

Find out more about our grads.
Meet the grads


More information about the program and application process.
Read frequently asked questions >>

2020 Program
Key Dates

15 July 2019: Applications open

1 August 2019: Information evening

12 August 2019: Applications close

September/October: Assessment days

November: Offers of employment

February 2020: Start your career in the NSW public sector



Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible for the NSW Government Graduate Program?

We encourage applications from all disciplines and backgrounds. To qualify for the 2019 NSW Government Graduate Program you must:

  • Have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the last two years (i.e from June 2016) or be completing your degree* by December 2018.
Be either:

  • an Australian Citizen,
  • a permanent resident of Australia,
  • a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand passport, or
  • hold a current visa that allows you to work full-time in Australia until at least August 2020

*Qualifying degrees as rated by the Australian Qualifications Framework are at level 7 and above.

 Please visit the Australian Qualifications Framework website for information. 

2. How is the NSW Government Graduate Program different to other agency programs?

The NSW Government Graduate Program is different to other agency programs as it provides a whole-of-government experience and professional development program. The Program is managed by the NSW Public Service Commission and focuses on providing graduates with exposure to a broad range of projects and work though rotations across different NSW agencies. As part of the Program, 2019 graduates will gain:

  • 18 months of diverse experience working across various several NSW government agencies
  • Invaluable experience working on policy and project initiatives, which contribute to building the future of NSW
  • A supportive environment with a personal mentor and executive sponsor
  • Exposure to the largest professional network of leaders, analysts, policymakers and educators in Australia
  • A Diploma of Government to assist the transition from university to work in the NSW government
  • Ongoing employment on successful completion of the program

3. What streams are included in the 2019 Graduate Program?

The 2019 Graduate Program does not include streams. The Program offers a range of diverse experiences in different agencies regardless of a graduate’s degree, discipline or agency preference.

Graduates will be placed in a variety of roles in policy, project and other program initiatives covering one or more of the following functional areas of interest:

  • Policy
  • Service Delivery
  • Procurement
  • Audit and Risk
  • Finance/Business/Economics
  • Digital Design
  • Digital Development – Solutions Architecture
  • Communications and Marketing
  • HR (People)
  • Analytics
  • Project Management

Please visit the About the Roles page for more information about these functional areas of interest. 

4. How much will I be paid?

Start your career with a competitive remuneration package of approximately $76,402. Package includes salary ($68,929), employer’s contribution to superannuation (9.5%) and annual leave loading.

5. Can international students apply for the program?

To be eligible you must hold a visa that allows you to work full-time in Australia until at least August 2020. If you are not eligible, you may wish to explore other temporary employment opportunities on I work for NSW [opens in new window].

6. Can I apply for the 2019 Graduate Program if have only 1 or 2 subjects left and won’t finish them until January 2019?

No. You must have completed your degree by the end of 2018 to be eligible for the 2019 Graduate Program.

7. What kind of work experience do I need to apply for a graduate role?

We understand that recent graduates may not have a lot, or any, work experience. This is not an essential requirement for this program. You will, however need to demonstrate that you are able to meet all of the focus capabilities [see section about the role]. You can include any volunteer or project experience you may have gained during your studies as these can demonstrate your skills and experience. You should also include any part-time or casual work and ‘uni jobs’ in areas such as retail, hospitality or customer service.

8. I am currently completing my Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice. Will I get an opportunity to be supervised by a solicitor to meet the practical requirements of this qualification?

As this is a generalist, not discipline (legal) specific graduate program, there is no requirement for an agency to provide practical experience placements.

9. How many graduate roles are available?

We are recruiting for up to 200 roles for the 2019 Program. Whilst we are committed to filling all roles for the Program, the number of roles is subject to change due to agency and operational requirements.

10. Can I join the Graduate Program on a part-time basis?

No, the NSW Government Graduate Program is an 18-month full-time temporary role requiring successful completion of all work placements and mandatory learning and development.

11. Do I get to choose which agency I work in?

No. Our priority is to provide you with diverse experiences. You will be rotated across different agencies to help broaden your experience and discover how NSW Government works in a variety of different contexts.

12. When will I find out if my application is successful?

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an acknowledgement email. You will also be contacted after the initial screening process is complete (approximately three weeks after the application closing date) and will be kept informed about the status of your application throughout the assessment process. If you are unsuccessful, at any stage, we will let you know as soon as possible. Please remember to regularly check your emails including the spam/junk folder.

13. What happens at the end of the 18 months?

Upon successful completion of all components of the program, you will be offered an ongoing (permanent) role within the NSW Government.

14. I am having difficulties with my online application, what should I do?

Please look through the 'Frequently asked questions' information on I work for NSW [opens in new window] . If you do not find a resolution, contact the I work for NSW support team on support@iworkfor.nsw.gov.au or 1800 562 679.

15. Do you reimburse or pay candidates their travel expenses to attend the assessment centre?

No. Attendance at the assessment is at your own expense.

16. What if I need to request a reasonable adjustment?

Candidates will have access to request a reasonable adjustment throughout each step of the recruitment process. If you require a reasonable adjustment to the recruitment process, please contact Mahum Ali on (02) 8918 0888 or email mali@peterberry.com.au.

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