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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 training to help you quickly build your capability to become effective in the ABS environment. 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
    • improve your communication skills
    • gain experience with the statistical cycle
    • improve your understanding and gain experience in project management
    • better understand your strengths and preferences in the context of your work
    • develop your soft skills to effectively contribute to the strategic direction of the ABS

In addition to the Graduate Development Program, you will:
• be provided with training specific to your subject matter area as determined with your Supervisor
• undertake work rotations if you are placed in an area where this is possible
• be offered access to a variety of networking opportunities

To hear more about the program from our past graduates, take a look at our Graduate Profile page.

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.


    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 this classification upon successful completion of the Graduate Development Program.

    Following advancement, your career progression is through merit based recruitment processes or opportunities to work Higher Duties

    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
      • Flexible working arrangements
      • Study support available to undertake external study in an agreed field
      • Paid Christmas Shutdown

    These employment conditions are subject to the negotiation and implementation of the current ABS Enterprise Agreement. For more information about our attractive employment conditions and to review the current ABS Enterprise Agreement, 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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