About the Program

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Why choose the ABS Graduate Development Program?

The ABS Graduate program offers an opportunity to put your skills and background into practice to shape Australia's future. As an ABS Graduate you will be joining an internationally recognised statistical agency where you can contribute to producing Australia’s key national statistics.

As a graduate you will:
  • be placed in a permanent full-time role
  • undertake a 9 month development program
  • participate in on-the-job training specific to their role
  • participate in a structured training program; a mixture of virtual, self-paced and group learning activities.

Most graduates commence at the APS 3 level ($57,438) and on successful completion of the program progress to the APS4 level ($62,996). ICT stream graduates commence at the APS 4 level ($62,996) and on successful completion of the program progress to the APS4 level ($70,858).

Our graduate roles are available in most of our capital city offices. Our diverse workforce has a range of educational qualifications and previous life and work experiences.

The ABS has a breadth of roles and careers – check out our streams to help you decide on your entry path and our Graduate Profiles to see a sample of the diversity of our graduates and their careers.

Benefits of joining the ABS

Our people
The ABS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that values all of its employees. We actively encourage applications from people of diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Our Diversity and Inclusion page has more information.

Ongoing learning and development
Ongoing commitment to career development through tailored learning and development programs, the ABS Performance Management Framework and secondment opportunities.

Competitive Salary
Competitive and flexible salary packaging.

Work-life balance
Flexible working practices, including part-time employment, flexible working hours, teleworking, working from home arrangements and access to study support programs.

Leave entitlements
The ABS offers generous leave entitlements including:
  • four weeks annual leave per year
  • generous sick and carers leave provisions
  • access to 16 weeks paid maternity leave
  • access to study leave for external study
  • paid Christmas shut-down period

For Graduates relocating interstate, the ABS covers removalist costs and will provide support to settle into the new location.

Graduate experiences
Opportunities to travel interstate for formal training and networking. There are also active social clubs that sponsor many annual events such as the ABS Ball, as well as a number of sporting clubs.

Is this you?

Do you have excellent analytical and communication skills? Are you agile and innovative? Do you have the passion to make a difference? If you answered yes, we want you to apply!

We consider graduates from all fields of study. Many of our graduates have backgrounds in:
  • Economics/Econometrics
  • Statistics
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Demography
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
Candidates can make requests for modifications or adjustments to assist you in your application, or your position if you are successful. If you have particular requirements that need to be met in order to submit your application please contact the National Recruitment Unit.

I'm interested.....what next?

Applications for the 2019 Graduate Development Program closed in May 2018. Watch this space for our 2020 Graduate Development Program!

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