Graduates set to change the future of NSW

The NSW Government Graduate Program offers the opportunity for graduates to kickstart their careers in the public sector.



For prospective leaders wanting to shape and change the future of NSW, the NSW Government Graduate Program opens doors for those seeking a bright career in the public sector.

Building government careers

As Australia’s leading government graduate program, graduates work on projects that contribute to making NSW a great place to live, work and visit. With a trio of 6-month rotations across government agencies, the program offers a broad experience that allows them to build their career, no matter what degree they studied.

Graduates from diverse backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged, including people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, people with disability or where English is a second language.

Ongoing employment opportunities

With a competitive salary, support to complete post-graduate study, extensive mentoring and networking activities, the program offers graduates ongoing employment upon successful completion.


Overview of the NSW Government Graduate Program


NSW Government Graduate Program - Program Overview

“The Graduate Program is the stepping-stone that launched my career with the NSW Government. I continue to proudly work as a public servant many years later, because of my place in the program, and the opportunity it gave me to make this career start.”

– Emma, senior project officer, NSW Department of Education’s Early Childhood Education Directorate

“People always think about the job itself, rather than the change they want to make, but if you want to have a massive impact on something in society, there is a government job for you. With any type of work or policy in government, you will help so many people.”

– Jayden, transformational lead, Supportive and Palliative Care Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital

185 graduates participating in 2022, an increase from 25 graduates in 2016

  • Almost 4000 applications received for the 2022 program.
  • 50% of interns from the Disability Internship Program who applied for a place were successful in 2022.
  • Over the last 3 years, ranked in the top 5 organisations in Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Graduate Employers List competing with multinational companies.
  • In 2022, received the Most Popular Government & Defence Employer Award for the fifth year running in Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Graduate Employers List.

of graduates in the 2022 program identify as people with a disability.


of graduates in the 2022 program identify as Aboriginal.


of graduates in the 2022 program have English as their second language.

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