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

The 12-month program offers participants a learning and development pathway, and the opportunity to expand their personal and professional capabilities. All while building confidence in a career with the Australian Public Service (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 across the APS.

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 matter.

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 (or equivalent). Upon successful completion of the 12-month program, you will have the opportunity to advance to an 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!

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2024-25 AGAP, you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen
  • Be willing to undergo any police, character, health or other checks, as required
  • Be willing to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance
  • Be prepared to study a Diploma-level qualification
  • Have not completed a Diploma in Government qualification (or equivalent) within the most recent two years

How does the recruitment process work?

Candidates will first submit an application, which will include a range of questions. You will also need to upload a resume. From there candidates will be invited to complete a Situational Skills Assessment. Successful short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in a virtual panel interview.

If your application is successful, you will commence the program on (approximately) 28 October 2024 at an APS 3 level. Upon successful completion of the 12-month program, you will have the opportunity to advance to an ongoing position at the APS 4 level (or equivalent).

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 in the APS.

“Before completing my university degree, I already knew I wanted to join the public service. Working for the department 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

FAQs

What is the Australian Public Service?

The Australian Public Service (APS) is one of Australia’s largest employers. The APS encompasses people from all walks of life 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.

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.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about the program, including the assessment process please see the candidate information pack.

Contact Us

For information about and assistance with the recruitment process or program, please contact our us via email in the first instance to: entrylevel@dewr.gov.au.

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