About the Program

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    Register your interest for the 2018 ABS Graduate Development Program now!

    Who is the ABS?

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.

    We have an important leadership role, coordinating statistical activities and collaborating with official bodies in the collection, compilation, analysis and distribution of statistics. This assists in maximising the value of government investment on these activities, and ensures outputs are fit-for-purpose. By doing these things, we aim to inform decisions on important issues. This will lead to a more informed community; more efficient markets, economic growth and productivity enhancements; better policy development and evaluation; and targeted and more efficient service delivery.

    We operate in a dynamic environment, with new opportunities for accessing and interrogating a vast amount of administrative, transactional and other data are becoming available, increasing the potential to provide new insights into matters of importance to Australians. In response to this, the ABS is undergoing a major transformation over the coming years. It will encompass how we operate as an organisation, both internally and as part of the wider information community; our statistical infrastructure; our people and culture; and the statistical solutions we deliver.

    With so much happening and so many exciting opportunities available there has never been a better time to join us ...

    What does the ABS Graduate Development Program look like?

    We are currently reviewing our Graduate Development Program to ensure we provide graduates with the skills and experiences to help shape the future ABS and the wider Australian Public Service.

    Our current graduates commenced in February 2017 and are undertaking an 9 month program. Graduates will participate in on-the-job training specific to their role which will continue to build their analytical, conceptual and critical thinking, while enhancing their statistical capability. Graduates will also be participating in our new SES shadowing program, where they will each shadow one of our Senior Executive Service for a day.

    All graduates will also undertake a graduate project (in small groups) with each project sponsored by a Director or Senior Executive Service member. They will present their project work to our Senior Executives, sponsors and stakeholders at the end of the Graduate Development Program. In 2016 presentations provided a range of ways the ABS can improve and innovate, including: improving how the ABS disseminates data, reducing red tape, supporting ABS transformation and improving how the ABS builds capability of staff.

    ABS graduates are engaged as permanent full-time employees at either the APS3 or APS4 classifications, and on successful completion of the Graduate Development Program will be progressed to the APS4 level (if an APS3) or top of the APS4 level.

    Over half of our graduates who commenced between 2002 and 2014 are currently at the APS6 classification or above, with a number of our graduates from the program now occupying executive level positions. Take a look at our Graduate Profiles to see a sample of the diversity of our graduates and their careers. ABS staff can also be out-posted to other departments and organisations to learn from others and share their expertise.

    The ABS has nine offices across across Australia, with ten divisions covering our Statistical, Transformation, Partnerships, Corporate and Technological areas. Our diverse workforce has a range of educational qualifications and previous life and work experiences. It would be a challenge to find anyone who has had the same career path.

    Is this you?

    The ABS is looking for highly motivated graduates from a wide array of disciplines and life experiences, who want to play a part in shaping Australia's future and informing the decision making process. We are looking for graduates who have excellent analytical and communication skills, are agile and innovative, and have a passion to make a difference.

    We invite applications from a wide range of fields of study including, but not limited to;
    • Economics/Econometrics
    • Statistics
    • Information and Communication Technology
    • Demography
    • Business
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Software Engineering
    The ABS encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, mature age workers, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex applicants. In 2017, 17% of our graduate cohort are either an Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander person and/or a person with disability.

    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 in ..... what next?

    Go to the 2018 Graduate Development Program register of interest and fill in your details. We will keep you up to date with developments, let you know when applications are open and provide you with all the information you need to apply.

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