Types of graduate roles

Help build your graduate experience – Functional areas of interest.

This award-winning Program is open to all disciplines and backgrounds! The Program's Primary Stream offers a variety of roles in policy, project and other program initiatives covering one or more of the following functional areas of interest:

Policy is the overreaching body of work that helps create and deliver better outcomes for the people of NSW. Working on policy means that you will need to readily apply your research, analytical and communication skills to support the formulation of policy advice and recommendations to deliver advice on key programs or issues managed by your team. You’ll gain accelerated exposure to policy or programs design, facilitating consultation with stakeholder and community groups, developing research and insights, managing public relations and budgeting.

Read about Dragana's experience in this area

Are you interested in applying your knowledge to create better services and enhance user experiences? Service delivery is about creating solutions for citizens of NSW across a broad range of portfolios. You may be involved with designing and delivering an online patient data system or build a digital licence platform for the wider NSW community. You’ll learn how to apply a ‘citizen first’ approach to solutions and drive process improvement across the state.

Read about Lucy's experience in this area

The NSW Government is responsible for delivering public projects that have a huge impact on the community. To make these projects happen, decisions are made on who is best skilled to deliver these services or products. Procurement involves identifying and engaging the most appropriate suppliers to deliver these services or products on behalf of the government. You will gain exposure to developing strategies and guidelines, enhancing procurement capability across the sector, building stakeholder and budget management.

Learn more about government career opportunities in procurement

Read about Jesse's experience in this area

Do you consider yourself an enabler? Audit and Risk is all about understanding how to help project teams deliver better results and outcomes. You’ll get access to a network of senior decision makers and gain accelerated exposure to key business areas. You’ll learn how to exercise your analytical skills to profile, manage and advise on risks, develop audit strategies and procedures, and manage stakeholder relationships across key departments to contribute unique insights.

Read about Alyssa's experience in this area

Budgeting, macroeconomic policy and sustainable social enterprise – these are some areas which you will gain exposure to as part of this rotation. Whether your interest lies in formulating business strategy, forecasting financials, or analysing interest rates, you stand to gain unique and transferrable experience across broad range of areas. You’ll learn how to present your advice to diverse stakeholders and decision makers and contribute to driving innovation and incentives for the NSW economy.

Read about Denise's experience in this area

Are you interested in applying a 'citizen first' approach to designing and delivering products and services? Creating a seamless and intuitive user experience involves understanding how and why people interact with government products and services. You may be involved in designing a service that helps citizens apply for housing assistance or exploring and improving citizen journeys touching several departments. Gain accelerated exposure to research and analysis, creating personas and storyboards, designing prototypes and project management across an exciting portfolio of work.

Read about James' experience in this area

Are you interested in harnessing emerging technology such as virtual reality, blockchain and sensors to develop innovative and citizen-centric digital solutions? You'll play a part in redefining how the people of NSW interact with government services, building on research and digital solutions from recent projects. You'll apply your knowledge of information and communication technologies to build and manage digital products across critical areas such as health, housing and transport. From developing a platform to manage e-health records to identifying cyber security risks, digital development is critical in improving outcomes for both the NSW government workforce and community.

Read about Yan's experience in this area

Communications and marketing in government is about engaging and talking to the right audience, with the right message, at the right time. When done effectively, communications can help positively influence a community and allow citizens to better engage with government programs or policies. Communications professionals need to be at the forefront of the latest thinking and innovations to keep up with the constantly evolving way people consume information. This field is suited to those who have a passion for creativity, behavioural insights, and ability to create interesting and relevant content across digital, social, print and journalistic platforms.

Read about Philippa's experience in this area

People management is at the centre of all decision making and work delivered by the NSW Government. This key area involves designing and delivering strategies to attract, develop and retain people into the NSW public sector. You’ll gain experience in building a diverse workforce and help enable people to deliver their best work. You’ll also contribute to workforce initiatives and programs which are helping build the workforce of tomorrow.

Read about Paige's experience in this area

Data Analytics, Data Science and Big Data – you’ll stand to gain exposure to it all. Analytics and data do not operate in isolation to other government functions. It is valued as a strategic contributor to helps inform key decision makers in the NSW government. In this rotation, you’ll learn to analyse and present complex information and deep dive on trends to inform future directions of key initiatives and policies such as tackling crime, combatting obesity or addressing housing affordability.

Read about Timothy's experience in this area

Project management is a key contributor to how the NSW government achieves its policy outcomes. It involves applying skills and connecting people and skills towards a unifying goal and enables you to develop critical skills including stakeholder management and communication, budgeting and forecasting, and leadership and negotiation. You’ll stand to gain these skills in rewarding and supporting environment and help contribute to world class projects which range from clean energy initiatives, school infrastructure and regional development programs.

Read about Prakash's experience in this area

The NSW Government Graduate Program has introduced a new Legal Stream. This stream has been designed for those graduates looking to have a legal career in NSW government. Some of the exciting work legal graduates will do includes:

  • Litigation – Under supervision you will have the opportunity to gain litigation experience in accordance with model litigant requirements, apply relevant legal knowledge to analysis of facts, pleadings and evidence, deal fairly with other litigants, identify early options for resolution of disputes and conduct simple negotiations.
  • Advice – You will have the opportunity to provide quality advice and explanation of legal issues, analyse and apply relevant law to the facts, incorporating policy, probity, risk management and operational considerations, and considering the options available to clients, under supervision.
  • Policy – You will need to readily apply your research, drafting and communication skills to support the formulation of policy advice to deliver advice on key programs or issues. You will also gain accelerated exposure to advising on the process for developing legal policy and its potential impact while identifying and analysing the issues of law, logic, policy or implementation that relates to the drafting of legislation.

To be eligible for the legal stream you will have recently completed a law degree (in the last two years) and be willing to study towards a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. If you have already commenced this course, you will not be eligible for this Legal Stream, however, you may be eligible to apply to our Primary Stream.

Note: You will be asked in your online application whether you are interested in the Legal Stream, Primary Stream or both.

Whether you are interested in applying the knowledge gained from your degree or are keen to learn something new, our Program offers you the choice to help build your own graduate experience by tailoring rotations to suit your interests.

Working in different areas will help to broaden your experience and discover how NSW Government works in a variety of different contexts which is an important component of your career development and progression.

You will be rotated across various agencies in any of the above areas over the 18-month Program, however, if you have a particular career aspiration that you wish to pursue, please let us know in your application. You are able to nominate up to three functional areas of interest from the list above.

We’ll try our best to accommodate your preference to enhance your graduate experience. Whilst we can’t guarantee you will receive all your preferences, we work with agencies to ensure that all placements are designed to develop your capabilities and skills.

The Public Service Commission acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which our office stands.