Graduate program

Our graduates help us shape healthy, safe and productive workplaces. Through our graduate program, you can access exciting opportunities in our Canberra office.

Being a graduate at Safe Work Australia gives you all the benefits of joining our excellent team.

We welcome people with diverse skills and experiences, who want to contribute to healthy and safe Australian workplaces.

What a Safe Work Australia graduate does

As one of our graduates, you’ll be based in Canberra and be a member of the Australian Public Service.

You will:

  • get hands-on, practical experience
  • contribute to our meaningful work
  • learn and develop your skills.

As a graduate with us, you get the same benefits of working as part of our team, plus you will: 

  • take part in the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) Graduate Development Program
  • do 3 workplace rotations to develop your skills and learn about the agency 
  • complete a major project, as part of the Graduate Development Program
  • get mentoring.

We will also help you with:

  • ongoing employment when you finish the graduate program
  • moving if you live outside Canberra. 

Applying to be a graduate

We employ graduates through:

Applications for our agency graduate recruitment process are currently closed, however we will start accepting them for our 2023 program soon. Email us to register your interest.

Who is eligible to be a Safe Work Australia graduate?

To be a part of our 2023 graduate program you must:

  • be an Australian citizen 
  • have completed (within the last 5 years) or will complete by January 2023, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree with a credit average or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution
  • undertake a police and character check
  • be able to start full time work in Canberra by February 2023
  • be willing to move to Canberra.

Data and STEM applicants

We are a participating agency in the data and STEM streams as part of the AGGP.

If you apply to one of these streams through the AGGP, a range of Australian Government agencies can consider you.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates

We also recruit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates through the Indigenous Graduate Pathway.

You only need to apply once to the Indigenous Graduate Pathway to access a range of opportunities in the Australian Government.


Email us to find out more about the graduate program.

Meet our Graduates