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Department of the Environment and Energy
Position Level: 
Graduate APS
$65,363 - $71,862
Canberra - ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
31 March 2019
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The Department designs and implements Australian Government policy and programs to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage, promote climate action, and provide adequate, reliable and affordable energy. Our portfolio responsibilities are high profile, diverse and interesting. We are passionate about delivering sustainable work programs that span environmental regulation, program delivery and scientific research.

Our work is developed and implemented through a lens of economic, social and environmental considerations. We want experts from a range of fields so that our advice, policies and programs meet the needs and expectations of the community, industry, governments and stakeholders.

What we offer graduates:
Please note, ALL positions are located in Canberra, ACT.

The best thing about working for us is the workplace culture. To prepare you for the future workforce requirements we will leverage the unique expertise you bring to the organisation and provide you with the skills and experiences you need to fulfil your career with the Department. We have a committed, dynamic and positive workforce where people are supportive, energetic, respected and valued. You will develop your personal and professional skills with interesting and meaningful work, and through our one-on-one mentoring program. Learning and development is encouraged and innovation is critical to achieving our goals.

The Department of the Environment and Energy Graduate Program is a 16 month program aimed at people seeking a career, not just a job. Our graduates reflect a broad range of backgrounds, study areas and work and life experiences. We are interested in all high achieving and motivated graduates.

Our Indigenous stream is open to all graduates who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. At the Department, you will be supported by a cohort of previous Indigenous graduates as well as the Indigenous Staff Network (ISN) who aim to:

  • Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees working in the Department.
  • Share information and experiences between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in the Department.
  • Inform the Department of trends or key issues identified through ISN business.
  • Promote cultural awareness and respect across the Department.

Our program combines the GradAbility, Indigenous, General and Internal streams to create one diverse and supportive cohort. 

The time you spend in our graduate program is designed to give you experience in several different areas within the Department. The program provides a number of benefits to graduates including:

  • Four work rotations in different divisions throughout the Department, including potential opportunities in Antarctic Division and the Parks Division in Tasmania, Christmas Island, Booderee National Park Kakadu National Park, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Science Division and Parks Division in Darwin.
  • Exposure to work that challenges you – and at the same time provides you with opportunities to use and develop your skills.
  • An innovative, dynamic and supportive workplace with diverse responsibilities.
  • Flexible work arrangements and excellent work conditions that promote work/life balance.
  • Relocation assistance if moving from interstate.
  • A competitive remuneration package with salary/level advancement during, and on successful completion of the program.
  • Access to a network of people including a dedicated Graduate Team who will provide guidance and support.
  • Comprehensive learning and development opportunities.
  • One on one mentoring from Executive and Senior Executive Staff.

As part of our program, graduates participate in a formal learning and development program which has been specifically designed to complement and expand on what you are learning in your daily work. As part of the formal learning, graduates will undertake a Diploma of Government in the first 12 months of the program.

We offer a competitive program with graduates engaged as full-time employees commencing at the APS3 level ($65,363 per annum plus superannuation) and progressing to the APS4 level ($65,877 per annum plus superannuation) part way through the program. On successful completion of the program graduates will advance to the APS5 level ($71,862 per annum plus superannuation). 


To be eligible to apply for the program, graduates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian Citizen, or will be granted Australian citizenship before January 2020.
  • Have completed at least a three-year degree by 31 December 2019 or have completed a degree in the last five years.
  • Have the ability to obtain and maintain a baseline security clearance. 
  • Can provide evidence of your Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander Heritage.
  • Be willing to relocate to Canberra, ACT.


The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

This vacancy has been nominated for filling within the agency's graduate program. A graduate program is a structured, on the job program, designed to introduce graduates to an APS organisation. Successful applicants receive training and development, mentoring and on the job support.

About Department of the Environment and Energy 

The Department designs and implements Australian Government policy and programs to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage, promote climate action, and provide adequate, reliable and affordable energy.

We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment that values diversity and supports staff to reach their full potential. We encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, and people from other diverse backgrounds. We support flexible work practices and the professional development of our employees.

Selection documents are also available on our website: https://www.environment.gov.au/about-us/employment/current-vacancies

For more information: 
Entry Level Program Team
(02) 6274 2200
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