Graduate development programme

We are a large department of over 9 000 people, who work together to make a positive contribution to Australia and have a real influence on people's lives – people are our business. If you enjoy working as part of a team, there are many exciting opportunities available with us allowing you to develop skills and experience in the sharp end of government either at the start of your career or if you are looking for a career change.

We were recognised as the third most attractive organisation in Australia to work for in 2014 in an independent survey.

IMMI Graduates 2015

Applications for the 2015 Graduate Development Programme have closed. Applications for the 2016 Graduate Development Programme will open in the first half of 2015.

Who are our graduates?

To be part of the team, you'll need to be flexible and adaptable to changing demands, work collaboratively and behave professionally.

We recruit graduates in two development streams: information communication technology (ICT) and generalist.

Generalist graduates

The programme is designed for you to gain experience in a number of areas within the department. You will develop a broad knowledge of the portfolio and the work of different business areas and gain valuable experience and a good understanding of policy, programme, and service delivery work.
As a graduate you could be involved in work as diverse as:

  • temporary and permanent migration initiatives which meet Australia's economic, social and demographic needs
  • citizenship
  • case management and care arrangements to provide early migration resolution for people in immigration detention
  • international engagement and border management
  • interpreting and applying legislation
  • refugee and humanitarian issues
  • technology services
  • financial services
  • corporate services.

This is why we recruit from a broad range of degree disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • accounting, business, commerce
  • arts, humanities, social science
  • Asian studies, international relations
  • public policy, government administration, political science
  • law, legal studies
  • economics, statistics
  • criminal justice, criminology, security studies.

The majority of our generalist graduate positions are located in Canberra. There may be a limited number of positions available at some of our state and territory offices. You should be willing to relocate to Canberra if necessary. We provide some financial assistance if you need to relocate.

ICT graduates

There is a streamed programme specifically for Information Communication Technology (ICT) graduates. ICT graduates are recruited with relevant skills to work in our ICT environment. There are over 1 000 people in our ICT workforce covering a wide range of ICT disciplines. As an ICT graduate you could be involved in work as diverse as:

  • business and systems analysis
  • user centred design
  • ICT architecture
  • production implementation
  • eBusiness
  • database administration
  • project management
  • data warehousing and reporting
  • data management
  • information management strategies
  • infrastructure monitoring
  • change management
  • helpdesk services
  • ICT disaster recovery
  • ICT risk management
  • information security
  • application development
  • application testing.

High quality ICT graduates are recruited each year from a diverse range of ICT related disciplines. ICT graduates have the opportunity to train, work with and contribute to teams using a wide range of environments/technologies.

All ICT graduate positions are located in Canberra at our National Office so you need to be willing to relocate if necessary. We provide some financial assistance if you need to relocate.

Personal and professional development

The Graduate Development Programme promotes the personal and professional development of graduates through:

  • participation in supervised work rotations
  • departmental orientation
  • extensive formal seminars, eLearning and on-the-job learning. Learning programmes are developed each year to align with the department’s goals and programme requirements
  • support of a graduate buddy (a previous years graduate) and mentor
  • performance development agreements and learning and development opportunities with constructive feedback to further develop your capabilities.

The Graduate Development Programme provides a solid base for your career with us and the Australian Public Service. At the completion of your probation and  the 10 month programme, you will be an ongoing full time employee of the department at the APS 4 level and will be well placed to gain promotion through a merit-based selection process.

Minimum requirements

Our graduates are required to:

  • have completed a three–year undergraduate (Bachelor) degree from an Australian university, or a degree recognised by the Department of Edication as equivalent, by the end of the year you apply
  • have completed tertiary qualifications within the past five years
  • be an Australian citizen.

If made an offer, graduates are required to be granted an Australian Government security clearance and complete a pre-employment medical by a nominated medical practitioner.​​​​ Our graduates must be willing to relocate if necessary.

Frequently asked questions about the graduate development programme are available.


Applications for the 2015 Graduate Development Programme have closed. Applications for the 2016 Graduate Development Programme will open in the first half of 2015.

There are several steps in the recruitment process for the 2015 Graduate Development Programme intake. These include:

  • application form that includes a multiple choice questionnaire via the online portal
  • two stages of online psychometric testing – to be conducted in July and August
  • assessment centres containing a work sample test and interview using behavioural based questions – to be held in August in the major capital cities.

We are participating in the Australian Public Service (APS) pilot of the Recruitability scheme. Our 2015 graduate applications are part of this scheme. The initiative is to support people with disability applying for jobs within the APS.

Last modified Wednesday 12 November 2014


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