Updating Results

Australian Government Digital Emerging Talent Programs

4.1
  • > 100,000 employees

About Australian Government Digital Emerging Talent Programs

  • Government & Public Service
  • Technology

Are you passionate about digital technologies? Do you have a knack for problem-solving?

Work on things that matter with a digital or technical career in the Australian Government.

Apply once to access many digital and technical roles for early career professionals. Or start a new career.

A career with the Australian Government can give you valuable industry experience while working on projects that help everyone. From technical problem solving and analytics to digital design and development, you can find an opportunity to suit your level of skill and experience.

You'll get to

  • work on things that matter
  • gain a relevant qualification
  • learn and be mentored by experienced professionals
  • gain practical industry experience
  • work with a wide range of technologies
  • apply once for many opportunities across government
  • get a membership to the Australian Computing Society
  • attend professional networking events
  • access private training about emerging digital trends
  • get support for your future career progression
  • access flexible working arrangements
  • earn a competitive starting salary

3 ways to start your career

1. Start an apprenticeship — no degree or experience necessary

If you're looking for a career change or finishing year 12, you can start your digital career now and gain your qualification while you work.
Work full time and complete a Certificate IV or diploma in a digital or technology-related field. It's all paid for by your government employer.

Once your qualification is complete you'll be able to continue working with permanent employment.

In this program you'll get:

  • industry experience while you study
  • vocational training in digital technology for government
  • support from supervisors
  • competitive salary and super
  • permanent government employment

2. Already studying? Get paid while you finish your degree

If you will complete the minimum 1st year (or equivalent) of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a digital or technical field by January 2021, you can apply for a paid internship (cadetship) with the Australian Government.
In this program you'll get:

  • industry experience while you finish studying
  • paid flexible part-time hours around your class timetable
  • reimbursement for your uni fees if you pass (up to $800 per subject)
  • likely credit towards your degree
  • permanent government employment at the end of your degree

3. Professional jobs for recent graduates

If you've completed your digital or technical degree in the last 5 years, you can apply for a graduate job with the Australian Government.

In a graduate job you'll get:

  • full-time permanent employment
  • post-graduate qualification in digital technology for government
  • career coaching and mentoring
  • flexible working arrangements
  • competitive salary and super

Recruitment Process

Application assessment

There are 3 stages of the application assessment process:

Stage 1

Online application

we will review your responses to the assessment questions looking at how best skills and attributes have been demonstrated for digital roles
we will review your work-related qualities to perform duties.

If our selection panel finds suitable qualities, you will be shortlisted for an online interview. If you are not shortlisted, you will be notified by email as soon as possible.

Stage 2

Online panel interview

You will be asked behavioural and scenario-based questions to demonstrate skills and abilities.

If you are found suitable you will be placed in the merit pool. If you are placed in the merit pool you may be invited at a later stage to the speed matching round. In both cases, you will be notified by email of the outcome.

If you were not suitable you will be notified by email as soon as possible.

Stage 3

Online speed matching

This is a short online session with staff from all participating agencies. It's an opportunity to showcase your skills and find out more about the agencies and what they are looking for. This is also an opportunity for agencies to review your skills and interest.

You will be asked to preference agencies you would like to be a graduate in. Agencies will also preference graduates they would like to hire. We will review all preferences and work with agencies to assist them make offers for roles.

Often there are more graduates than agencies. If you are not matched with an agency you will be placed on a merit pool for future consideration, which will remain open for 12 months.

The complete application assessment process usually takes around 5 months from the time applications close.

Remuneration & Career Growth

Benefits

In a digital emerging talent role job you'll get:

  • full-time permanent employment – pending a successful probation period
  • career coaching and mentoring
  • flexible working arrangements
  • competitive salary and super
  • membership to the Australian Computing Society (ACS)
  • access to private training about emerging digital trends

Participants may also undertake rotations through various digital areas and roles

Graduate Review

Overall Score
4.1
Overall score based on 19 reviews
They Score Best in…
8.1
Culture
8
Diversity
8.1
Satisfaction
8.1
Culture
8
Diversity
8.1
Satisfaction
What Graduates Say About Them
  • Very friendly and helpful team members
  • Flexible working conditions (work from home). Working with modern technology stacks. Friendly people. Great office facilities with central office location. Casual clothes (jeans, t-shirts) is acceptable to wear. Good vision to transform government.
  • The opportunity to work on solving problems that have the potential to influence the entire country.
  • Lots of learning opportunities are provided for the employees. The work environment is so ethical.
  • Purchased training and paid study time. Working with capable people (learning from those more experienced). Management takes an interest in my professional goals.
  • Slow progress with areas such as policies, resources or the environment resulting from such ambitious projects.
  • The IT section being geographically separated from the policy section. This has proven to be a challenge whilst a grad.
  • Small department and more individual task
  • Red tape in government and restrictive budget conditions placed on the department.
  • Salary progression is slow

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Canberra, ACT; Sydney, NSW; Melbourne, VIC; Adelaide, SA
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
E
Engineering & Mathematics
I
IT & Computer Science

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
A career with the Australian government will give you valuable industry experience while working on projects that help everyone.

Adam Smith

  • Graduate stories
A career with the Australian government will give you valuable industry experience while working on projects that help everyone.

Adam Smith

  • Graduate stories
A career with the Australian government will give you valuable industry experience while working on projects that help everyone.

Adam Smith

  • Graduate stories
A career with the Australian government will give you valuable industry experience while working on projects that help everyone.

Adam Smith

A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Kate Newborn

Kate Newborn graduated with a Bachelor of Web Design and Production at the University of Canberra in 2017 and is now working as a User Researcher at Australian Government Digital Emerging Talent Programs.
  • Day in the life

Kate Newborn

Kate Newborn graduated with a Bachelor of Web Design and Production at the University of Canberra in 2017 and is now working as a User Researcher at Australian Government Digital Emerging Talent Programs.
  • Day in the life

Kate Newborn

Kate Newborn graduated with a Bachelor of Web Design and Production at the University of Canberra in 2017 and is now working as a User Researcher at Australian Government Digital Emerging Talent Programs.
  • Day in the life

Kate Newborn

Kate Newborn graduated with a Bachelor of Web Design and Production at the University of Canberra in 2017 and is now working as a User Researcher at Australian Government Digital Emerging Talent Programs.

Videos


Digital Graduate Program Graduation address

Meet the representative of 2020 Digital Graduate Program representative, Justin Vaughn.

Meet the Grad, Sukhraj Ghuman.

Meet Raj, a part of the ICT skills program.

Digital Graduate Program Graduation address

Meet the representative of 2020 Digital Graduate Program representative, Justin Vaughn.

Meet the Grad, Sukhraj Ghuman.

Meet Raj, a part of the ICT skills program.