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Graduate Recruitment Selection Process

Applications Open – 24 March 2014
Applications Close – 13 April 2014

For more information dates in the selection process, refer to the Key Dates page.

How to Apply for the Graduate Development Program

Applications for ABS vacancies are lodged through the ABS eRecruitment system. The electronic application process consists of three simple stages: registration, drafting your application and review. The system will guide you through each of these stages.

When submitting your application, please be sure that you respond to all the mandatory questions, complete your responses to the selection criteria and upload a copy of your resume and your most recent academic transcript.

Steps in the Selection Process

The Selection Process consists of seven (7) clear stages which are outlined below:

Show details for Stage 1 - Advertising and EligibilityStage 1 - Advertising and Eligibility

Show details for Stage 2 - Online Application FormStage 2 - Online Application Form
Hide details for Stage 3 - ShortlistingStage 3 - Shortlisting

    Initial short-listing will involve assessment of your application including your responses to the selection criteria and the research questions, your academic record and your resume.

Show details for Stage 4 - Online Written AssessmentStage 4 - Online Written Assessment
Hide details for Stage 5 - InterviewStage 5 - Interview

    If you are successful at stage 4, you will be invited to an interview. The interviews will generally be conducted in two phases. The interviews will generally be conducted in two phases. The first phase will be a phone interview to primarily assess your oral communication skills. The second phase will be a personal interview at your closest ABS office*

    * Alternative arrangements will be made if you cannot attend in person (this may include a teleconference)

Show details for Stage 6 - RefereesStage 6 - Referees
Show details for Stage 7 - Offer of EmploymentStage 7 - Offer of Employment

Please note, other than your written application and interview, considerations that may form part of your assessment and possible placement to specific graduate roles may include your professional qualifications, skills and experience, the needs of the ABS, the expectations and duties of the classification and position, any preferences you indicate and your willingness/capacity to relocate to where the position is available. This is so the ABS can place successful graduates to various locations around Australia requiring certain qualifications and skill sets, and provide you with the best opportunity to grow your ABS career.


Selection for all employment opportunities within the ABS are made on the basis of merit. This means that an assessment is made of the suitability of applicants using a competitive selection process.

For more information about merit, please visit the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) website

Further Information

For further information about this opportunity contact the Graduate Recruitment Team on 1800 675 125 or email

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