2025 Graduate Development Program

We’re now accepting applications for our 2025 Graduate Development Program. 
Do you want to work with us at the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW)? Our Graduate Development Program is an opportunity for early-career professionals and recent graduates to make their mark. Our work focuses on important environmental, climate, and energy-based issues.

Apply now to DCCEEW

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Our offices are located across Australia, and you’ll have the opportunity for regional placements during the program. In previous years graduates have rotated through Kakadu National Park, Norfolk Island and other exciting locations.

You will work on issues of national importance from the very start. Our workplace supports driven, intelligent, and passionate professionals. Some of our most senior executives started out in graduate programs.

Gain experience

Working with us will give you the experience to take your career to the next level, no matter where your journey goes. You can gain valuable insights from real-world exposure. Develop your professional networks and gain transferable skills you can take anywhere.

We deliver value for Australia, and with a career at DCCEEW you can too.

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Apply now

Applications opened on 04 March 2024 and close on 15 April 2024.

DCCEEW will be recruiting graduates for our 2025 Graduate Development Program across Australia in a wide range of capabilities and expertise. You + DCCEEW will include more career opportunities than ever before.

DCCEEW will be leading its own Generalist Stream recruitment campaign, where graduates from all disciplines are highly valued and encouraged to apply.

Apply now to the DCCEEW Generalist Stream

Specialist streams

Further, if you are a specialist, DCCEEW is part of the Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP), where we are seeking graduates from the following streams.

Indigenous Graduate Pathway

The Indigenous Graduate Pathway (IGP), led by the Department of Defence, provides a rewarding career in the Australian Public Service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary graduates.

DCCEEW has a strong focus on careers for First Nations Graduates, and as a participant in the IGP stream, DCCEEW will provide you with hands-on experience along with formal development opportunities tailored to build your skills and knowledge. All combined with the unique opportunity to contribute to the department's responsibilities in creating an Australia that is prosperous through sustainability, with community and Country at the heart of our actions.



The Legal stream is run by the Attorney General’s Department. Legal Graduates will have the opportunity to work within roles across Legal Policy and Legal Practice and play a vital role in DCCEEW operations. Participation in this stream is a great opportunity to do meaningful work that supports the Australian community and our objectives.

Human Resources (HR)

The HR stream is run by the Australian Taxation Office for the Australian Public Service. HR Graduates will participate in a specially developed Learning and Development program and will gain hands-on experience to develop their professional capabilities within DCCEEW.


Led by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, DCCEEW will be seeking Data Graduates to support our mission, specialising in one or more of the following sub-streams:

  • Data Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Managers
  • Geospatial Analysts
  • Data Scientists or Statistician.

Accounting and Financial Management

The Accounting and Financial Management Stream seeks graduates who are skilled in a wide variety of aspects in finance, commerce, business or accounting who are eager to strengthen their professional skills. DCCEEW has a broad and complex range of financial management arrangements that will provide graduates with these capabilities a fantastic career path.

Apply now to one of the AGGP Streams

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The graduate program was a solid base for my future APS career. The opportunity to dive-in and actively contribute to such a wide variety of the department’s work was a unique and invaluable experience. I recommend it as a great way to commence a rewarding and diverse career in the APS

Michelle Croker, Head of Portfolio Strategy Division, DCCEEW

the previous 12 months have been incredible, I’ve applied my knowledge of environmental policy and learnt about how I want to use my career to contribute to environmental initiatives

Georgia, DCCEEW

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It has been such a great year. I’ve had the opportunity to experience such a wide variety of work in the HR stream of DCCEEW’s graduate program.

Imogen, DCCEEW

Join us

We invest in our graduates and will provide you the opportunities, tools and support network for you to achieve great things.

Our Graduate Development Program is not too big or small. We ensure graduates can connect easily with one another and forge strong relationships across the graduate cohort.

As a valued employee, your voice matters and you will receive tailored support to succeed. We are committed to the growth of our most important resource – you.

Service is something that's near and dear to my heart whether you serving the country or serving your community. I like knowing that I'm a part of something bigger than myself it's a really rewarding environment you get to work with some inspiring people.

As a graduate I've only just started my work in the public sector and so I wanted to make a meaningful change. It's been a fantastic opportunity to see projects from start to finish. I help to develop Priority Health campaigns.

I get to work really closely with State and territory governments it grants me the opportunity to listen to our communities and get their feedback.

I've also had a lot of opportunities and been supported to do initiatives across the APS. I think that's a testament to how supportive my team has been.

I'm really lucky to work with an agency that has a really diverse staff base. We have staff based all across the country and when you hear a community group say thank you for the work that you're doing nothing compares to that.

I'm supported to have a working arrangement that is flexible as a working mother and I also really enjoy that I get to work on a broad range of content and this is incredibly rewarding because you get to see the impact of what you do. It has given me a lot of opportunity which I never imagined possible.

Absolutely love it couldn't recommend it enough to other people. You really feel like you're contributing.


Our program provides a number of benefits to graduates including:

  • Career Progression: With over 5000 positions in our department, you will have access to extensive career progression opportunities. Graduates start as an APS Level 3 and will progress to an APS Level 5 on successful completion of the program. Refer to the Australian Public Service Commission website for more information on APS levels.
  • Competitive Remuneration Package: Your starting salary is $71,444 per annum plus 15.4% superannuation contributions. Graduates are eligible for salary/level advancement during and on successful completion of the program.
  • Exposure: Learn from experts through on-the-job training and activities. You will also meet with our senior executive throughout the program.
  • Support: You will be supported by a dedicated Graduate Management Team prior to and during the program.
  • Buddy Program: You will be paired with a buddy from the previous year’s graduate cohort who will support you and share their experiences and insights.
  • Relocation Assistance: If moving interstate for your graduate role, you will receive a relocation assistance package.
  • Flexibility: You will have access to a number of flexible work practices and receive excellent work conditions that promote work/life balance.
  • Diversity Employee Networks: Help contribute to a positive and inclusive workplace culture by joining one or more of our 6 Diversity Employee Networks.
  • Community: Participate in Social Club activities and events to connect with colleagues across the department.


We encourage applications from people with diverse experience and backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTIQ people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, mature age and people with disability. We are an inclusive employer and are committed to supporting people who are transgender / gender divergent.

Contact us

Want to know more about the program?

Email: dcceewgrads@hudson.com