Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some of the questions we often get asked the ABS Graduate Program. We will continue to add to this list as needed so if you cannot find the answer to your question on any of our web pages please contact us. If we think the answer will benefit others we will add your question to the list.


Hide details for Am I eligible to apply?Am I eligible to apply?
To apply for the ABS Graduate Development Program you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian Citizen or be granted Australian Citizenship prior to the program commencing. You will be asked to provide evidence of your Australian Citizenship. New Zealand citizens are not exempt from this requirement.
  • Have recently completed or will have complete a minimum of an Australian recognised Bachelor Degree by 31 December 2016.

Hide details for Will I be a permanent employee?Will I be a permanent employee?
Yes, from the moment you start the Graduate Development Program you will be an ongoing (ie. permanent) employee of the ABS. Like most new ABS employees your employment will be subject to a six-month probation period. If your work performance or conduct is considered to be unsatisfactory during the probation period your employment may be terminated on the grounds of failing to meet a condition of your engagement.

Hide details for Are there opportunities available in locations other than Canberra?Are there opportunities available in locations other than Canberra?
Opportunities will be available in across all ABS Offices. Offices are located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.

Hide details for What happens if I have to move to another State?What happens if I have to move to another State?
If you need to move outside of your home State to take up your graduate position you will be provided with relocation assistance. This may include relocation of yourself, your family, belongings and temporary accommodation. Successful candidates will be contacted directly to provide more information and make arrangements for their relocation.

Hide details for Can I re-apply if I have applied for the Graduate Development Program previously?Can I re-apply if I have applied for the Graduate Development Program previously?
If you have previously applied for the Graduate Development Program, you can apply again this year, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements

Hide details for Can I defer the start date for commencement on the Graduate Development Program?Can I defer the start date for commencement on the Graduate Development Program?
Unfortunately no. All graduates are expected to commence at the same time. That is one of the benefits of being on the program. Everyone gets to have the same experience right from the start. Placement on the program can also NOT be deferred. If, for any reason, you are unable to start in February 2017 you will need to re-apply for a place on the 2018 ABS Graduate Development Program.

Hide details for Will higher grades mean a greater chance of being considered for a position at the ABS?Will higher grades mean a greater chance of being considered for a position at the ABS?
Our selection process is competitive. We are looking for students with a credit average or higher particularly for grades achieved in the final years of their qualification. Your academic results are important and will be a part of the assessment process. However, our assessment process will also consider your skills, knowledge and experiences. We are looking for graduates who enjoy a challenge and value the opportunity to build professional relationships in a friendly and diverse team environment. We are seeking graduates who have strong analytical skills who can think laterally and strategically. Graduates should have the ability to adapt to change, show resilience, display initiative and be driven to achieve results.

Hide details for Does the ABS provide support for further study by Graduates?Does the ABS provide support for further study by Graduates?
The ABS has a generous Studies Assistance Program available to Graduates on the completion of the Graduate Program. Study leave or financial assistance will not be supported whilst you are on the Graduate Development Program. If you are intending to do further study next year which would require you to take regular leave or work part time it may be better to defer your application until 2016.

Hide details for How will you contact me throughout the selection process?How will you contact me throughout the selection process?
You will be primarily contacted on the email address you provided when you registered your application with us. At the end of a particular stage of the selection process, you will receive an email informing you of whether you have successfully progressed to the next stage or if you were unsuccessful.

When completing the application form, it is important to include your full postal address, correct email and alternative contact numbers. If your contact details change through the year, you can update them through the online application system.