Australian Government Apprenticeship Program

If you are looking for a career change, to re-enter the workforce, or kickstart your career, the Australian Government Apprenticeship Program is a great opportunity for you to take your career in a new direction.

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Career Pathways - Australian Government Apprenticeship Program

We are looking for talented people from school leavers to mature-age workers keen to build on your experience by joining the Australian Public Service (APS).

The 12-month program will offer participants with a learning and development pathway, and the opportunity to expand their personal and professional capabilities. All while building confidence in a career with the APS.

Participants in the program are supported every step of the way with opportunities to learn and grow on the job, while completing a Diploma of Government — a formal and recognised qualification.

Coordinated by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR), the program enables participants to apply once to be considered for apprenticeship roles in a number of Australian Government agencies and departments.

More than just a job, this is an opportunity to launch a long-term career filled with opportunities to learn new skills, with the potential for advancement and most importantly a chance to work on issues that make a difference to the lives of all Australians.

What does the Australian Government Apprenticeship Program offer?

Successful applicants will commence at an APS 3 level (or equivalent) and undertake a combination of on-the-job training and formal learning and development activities, including a Diploma of Government. After successful completion of the 12-month program, you will gain a promotion to a permanent, ongoing position at the APS 4 level (or equivalent).

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for people from a diverse range of backgrounds and age groups—from individuals starting their career to those looking to re-enter the workforce or take their career in a new direction by joining one of Australian largest employers—the Australian Public Service.

We want to hear from individuals who are:

  • Passionate about working for the community
  • Interested in the workings of Government and the public service
  • Eager to take on new challenges and learn new things
  • Interested in a supported program that offers on the job experience and the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification.

We’re looking for people with the best potential at all life stages. Why not change things up with us and apply?

Why you should apply

There are a range of benefits for successful applicants including:

  • a competitive starting salary at the APS 3 level plus superannuation
  • A full-time permanent position from day one, transitioning to a permanent APS4 role upon successful completion of the program
  • structured learning opportunities to help build your career
  • a nationally recognised Diploma of Government qualification that will build on and develop skills, capabilities and experience to work effectively and to contribute to a high performing APS
  • flexible arrangements to help you balance study and work
  • access to peer support, mentoring and coaching.

If you are looking to take your career in a new direction, re-join the workforce or kickstart your career. Change things up with us!


To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen
  • Be able to obtain a security clearance
  • Be prepared to study a Diploma-level qualification
  • Be willing and prepared to relocate if required – with potential for relocation assistance

Applications for the 2023-24 Australian Government Apprenticeship Program will open in early – mid 2023. Register your interest for the next intake on our website. For more information, please contact

How does the recruitment process work?

Candidates will first submit an application, which will include a range of questions and upload a resume. From there candidates will be invited to complete online chat style behavioural interview questions at their own pace, in their own time. Based on your answers you may be invited to continue through the process at this stage to complete a psychometric testing assessment. Successful short-listed candidates will be invited to participate or complete further assessment activities including virtual panel interviews, and virtual ‘meet and greet’ sessions.

If your application is successful, you will start work on (approximately) 31 October 2023 at an APS 3 level. After successful completion of the 12-month program, you will gain a promotion to a permanent, ongoing position at the APS 4 level.

The work

Where will I be working?

More information on participating agencies will be available as you move through the recruitment process and this website updated accordingly. We offer various location options Australia wide and these are included in the application form to select location preferences. While location preferences will be taken into consideration you must be willing and prepared to relocate if required with potential for relocation assistance. Positions and locations are subject to change as we move throughout the recruitment process.

What work will I be doing?

Your work could involve answering enquiries from the public, records management, IT, data, data entry, human resources management, communications, project management, program management, policy, contract management, procurement, and other general administrative, clerical, operational or systems support. The opportunities are endless with what you might be doing. Rest assured more information will be provided specific to you, and you’ll be able to ask lots of questions when you attend the meet and greets.

What previous participants are saying

Before completing my university degree, I already knew I wanted to join the public service. Working for the Department of Education, Skills and Employment was my ultimate goal due to personal interests. I applied to the Australian Government Apprenticeship Program as it was a perfect opportunity for me to gain exposure to the public service whilst also being able to increase my skills and experience. What I didn’t realise when I started was the work/life balance working for the department would afford me. Not only that, but I have been guided and supported throughout my journey by many teams and sections within the department and made some wonderful new friends as well as creating a network of colleagues. All these benefits combined, makes me look forward to working with the department into the future.

Mahnoor, Program Officer – Higher Education Program Management, Department of Education, Skills and Employment


What is the Australian Public Service?

The Australian Public Service (APS) is one of Australia’s largest employers. The APS encompasses all people who support the delivery of public administration, public policy, and public services for the Australian Commonwealth Government. All employees of Government departments and statutory agencies are part of the APS.

Do I need to be a certain age to apply?

Yes, applicants must be over the age of 18 at the time of commencement in the program. Applications are welcome from all age groups over 18. We are looking for people with high potential looking to enter the public service for the first time, people re-joining the workforce, and young people starting their career. Whatever your age or life stage, if you are over 18, the Australian Government Apprenticeship Program may be the fresh start you have been looking for.

Do I need to travel to attend an interview?

All selection process activities are planned to be done virtually. While potential travel may be required during the selection process the department is continuously monitoring the impacts of the COVID-19 environment. The department will endeavour to advise at the earliest opportunity whether travel to participate in any stage of the selection process will be required.

What if I have preference for a certain city or position?

We’ll take your preferences into consideration during the matching process and our best efforts will be made to match you with your preferred position type. While location preferences will be taken into consideration you must be willing and prepared to relocate if required with potential for relocation assistance. Positions and locations are subject to change as we move throughout the recruitment process.

I’m already studying my Diploma – is that OK?

No, your current studies may contribute to your Diploma, this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Us

For information about and assistance with the recruitment process or program please contact our us via email in the first instance to:

Applications for the 2022-23 Australian Government Apprenticeship Program closed on 6 May 2022.