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FAQs

What do I need to study to get into the IT Graduate Program? 
We are looking for a mix of IT technical people and non-technical people. If you have studied information technology, information management, computer science, telecommunications, project management, web/multimedia design, business/commerce/law, marketing or procurement —we want you!

What benefits does this program offer me?
If you are successful in gaining a position, you will be working for the Queensland Government, the largest employer of IT professionals in the state. The program will also give you the opportunity to play an important role in a variety of innovative and challenging projects. You will be provided excellent opportunities for networking with your graduate group, innovative professional development, mentoring, as well as flexible work conditions (for most roles) and a competitive salary. Later in your program you will be offered career assistance and support is always provided by the IT Graduate Program team on any matter you wish to discuss. See our what’s in it for graduate’s page.
 
Do you have age limits for graduates?
No, we accept all people of all ages. All graduates will be selected on their capabilities (including test results), work experience and values.
 
I’m graduating from a postgraduate course. Can I apply for the program?
Yes. The program is open to all graduates that hold a degree, graduate diploma, masters or PhD qualification. Graduates must have completed their course at an Australian university in the last three years. Undergraduate students are not eligible to participate in the program.
 
Is previous work experience or an internship in an IT role required?
No, work experience or vacation employment is not a mandatory requirement, although we are interested in finding out about your experience as well as what you would like to achieve and what your interests are.

The program is focused on ensuring graduates are matched to the roles on offer, to ensure ‘best fit’ with their home agency and the types of projects they will be working on. A range of criteria will be considered in selecting graduates including (not in order of importance):

•    test results
•    academic results and qualifications
•    personal achievements and extra-curricular activities
•    interpersonal and communication skills
•    cognitive ability, values and work preferences.

What's the starting salary?
The amount paid will depend on which department you are placed with, and the enterprise bargaining agreement that has been negotiated for your department. Starting from $55,812 per year plus up to 12.75 per cent superannuation.

Can I apply if I’m not an Australian citizen?
The Queensland Public Service Act 2008 provides the legislative basis for eligibility to work in the Queensland Government. We are only able to offer graduate positions to Australian citizens or permanent residents. This means that you need to have your residency status confirmed at the time of application.
 
Do I need to have a medical to gain entry to the program?
No, a medical is not a requirement for this program.
 
What sort of employment conditions do graduates have?
The Queensland Government promotes work/life balance and flexible working arrangements. Generally, you would be required to work between 36.25 and 38 hours a week. The core hours vary between departments because staff can be employed under different certified agreements. Remuneration is commensurate with the hours you work. Most departments offer flexi time and other leave entitlements including 10 days sick leave and 20 days recreation leave each year, paid public holidays and long service leave accumulation.

What happens to my IT career with the Queensland Government after the program?
At the end of the program, graduates will have learned a great deal about working for the Queensland Government and will have developed new skills. This means you will be well placed to seek and obtain an ongoing position. Throughout the program, we will help you develop your confidence and skills and obtain further employment opportunities.

Will I work in the same role for the duration of the program?
During the two-year program graduates may experience a rotation placement within their home department. Rotations are not mandatory and are up to you and your host department to arrange. Some graduates are very interested in rotating and others like to remain in their position for the duration of the program. The program is focused on promoting skills development, giving you exposure to a wide variety of roles, environments and experiences.

How will my performance be appraised while I am on the program?
Receiving feedback on your performance is extremely important to your ongoing professional development. The Queensland Government department you are placed with will manage your performance in line with their professional performance and review processes. This means you will work with your manager to write performance targets that are consistent with your own personal goals for growth and development and the organisation's business direction.

Do you offer internships?
We do not offer internships. 

How long do I have to wait to hear if I have been successful in getting an interview?
The time between applying for the program and being asked to interview can be lengthy and ranges from two to six months. See the how to apply page for more information about the selection process.

How long do I have to wait to hear if I got the job after the interview?
You will usually be informed within four weeks but this can vary.  See the how to apply page for more information about the selection process.

When does the program start?
In February each year, however if interviewed early, graduates can be offered an earlier start date.