Information for applicants

This information is for applicants applying for data and ICT graduate positions, where the process is run by the ABS.

Key dates
Applications open9 March 2021
Applications close11 April 2021
Initial assessments and video interviewsApril to May 2021
Live video or face-to-face interviewsJune to July 2021
Applicants advised of outcomeLate July to August 2021
Graduate Development Program startsFebruary 2022


  • have completed, or expect to complete, a minimum qualification of a three-year bachelor degree (recognised in Australia) within the last five years
  • be an Australian citizen by 30 June 2021
  • be available to commence the formal program in February 2022.
  • provide a copy of your latest academic transcript.

Application process

Our application process will include a face to face interview to assess your suitability for a graduate role. If applying in the Data Graduate Stream and found suitable at interview stage, you will be asked for your preferences in agency placement and location. 

If successful, you will also be required to meet health, integrity and character clearances, and may need to acquire and maintain at least a baseline security clearance.

All suitable candidates will be advised by email and any offer will be made verbally. 

Whilst the formal program begins in February 2022, many of our graduates are given the opportunity to start as a non-ongoing or permanent employee earlier. Your availability to start early will have no bearing on your assessment of suitability.

Complete your application online. We’ll ask you to provide your personal details, resume, answer ten multiple choice and one technical question and upload a copy of your most recent academic transcript.

To find out more information or to apply visit Current Vacancies.

HR and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates.

The ABS accept graduates in HR roles from the Australian Public Service HR Graduate Program.

For more information on applying for HR graduate positions visit Australian Public Service HR Graduate Program

The ABS accept Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates from the Indigenous Graduate Pathway.

For more information on applying for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate positions visit Indigenous Graduate Pathway | Indigenous Careers.