The Graduate Development Program
As an ABS Graduate, you will join a world leader in its field and contribute to providing statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population, and environmental matters that are highly relevant and important to the Australian community.
At the ABS you will find diverse and challenging careers for individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisations. We provide you with opportunities to utilise your degree and encourage you to expand your existing knowledge and skills.
The ABS provides a supportive environment where graduates are nurtured, their skills are developed, and achievements are recognised. As an ABS Graduate you will have the opportunity to make a difference to society through important work which informs key decisions affecting the Australian population.
The ABS Graduate Development Program (GDP) provides you with practical on-the-job training through team based work or projects. Your program will involve structured formal training and development activities that are designed to:
• assist you to transition into the ABS and the Australian Public Service
• provide you with training specific to your subject matter area
• provide work rotations and formal projects (subject to areas placed)
• give opportunities to access buddies
• offer networking opportunities
Your career path beyond the GDP is through merit based recruitment processes or opportunities to work Higher Duties.
What We Offer
The ABS’s contribution to the Australian and international community is second to none. Alongside our national population Census and economic accounts (GDP and inflation figures), the ABS delivers leading statistical surveys and publications for each demographic and industry sector of the Australian population and economy.
Over 9 months you will be exposed to both formal and on the job training, software and business processes, section rotations (in some areas), be guided by professional development mentors and have access to external networking events. You will be offered unique training courses while learning methods of data collection and implementing new strategies to improve the quality of shared information – you will be shaping the future of our organisation.
To hear more about the program from our past graduates, take a look at our Graduate Profile page.
The ABS provides a holistic approach to employment where commitment to deliverables and development is matched with flexible work-life conditions. With eight offices around Australia there are career opportunities in both statistical and non-statistical areas such as fieldwork, developing new methodologies, technology projects, corporate services and working on publications.
ABS generalist graduates commence at the APS 3 level and advance to the APS 4 level upon successful completion of the Graduate Development program. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) graduates commence at the APS 4 level and advance to the top of the classification upon successful completion of the Graduate Development Program.
Attractive Employment Conditions
- Annual Leave annual credit of 20 days for full year’s service
- Personal Leave annual credit of 18 days
- Purchased Annual Leave option of purchasing additional four weeks per year
- Option to cash out annual leave
- Long Service Leave
- Maternity Leave
- Leave Without Pay
- Flextime Scheme for APS 1 – 6 employees
- Access to working from home and part time work arrangements
- Study support available to undertake external study in an agreed field (following completion of the Graduate Program)
- Paid Christmas Shutdown
For more information about our attractive employment conditions, refer to our Why Work at the ABS page.
Community and Environment
You will be encouraged to share your skills and ideas with your team and the ABS through relationship building and networking. In addition the ABS strengthens its people culture through professional development, an active social club and regular social events. The ABS is committed to an environmentally responsible approach in delivering its business objectives.
For more information about working with the ABS in Canberra, from some of our past graduates view our video below
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This page last updated 12 March 2013