How to apply

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You can register on the Queensland Government Graduate Portal at any time.

We will formally open program applications from 3 to 26 July 2017 for the 2018 intake.


To apply for the 2018 Queensland Government IT Graduate Program you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • have graduated or be about to graduate from an Australian university and hold a degree, graduate diploma, masters or PhD qualification completed within the last three years
  • be willing to work mainly in Brisbane and surrounding suburbs

We will not take any registrations after 26 July 2017 for the 2018 program.

The recruitment process

Registration (JULY*)

Register your interest on the Queensland Government Graduate Portal and nominate Information Technology as one of your preferences. 

Testing (AUGUST*)

All eligible registered candidates will be asked to participate in cognitive and work based testing. The test results last for one year and will apply to any other requests you receive to do the same test/s for other graduate roles.

At this stage, you must nominate two preferences for jobs (graduate roles).  In 2017, the top roles that our departments were looking to fill were Information security, Business analysist, ICT generalist, Software development, ICT Project support.

Shortlisting (AUGUST/SEPTEMBER*)

If successfully shortlisted for an interview, a representative from the department will offer you an interview in person or via skype.


Interviews will be held in various locations in Brisbane, but mainly in the CBD. Skype interviews can be made available to those candidates that are outside the Brisbane region. Most interviews run for around 30 minutes and you will be asked multiple questions about your interests, abilities and knowledge of our business and strategic direction. Usually three panel members are involved in the interview.


Selection is based on your experience, test results, qualifications and performance at interview.  An order of merit will be created, and the successful person will be offered the role. If by chance that person cannot take the role the panel will refer to the order of merit and if applicable select the second successful candidate, offering them the role. 


If you are successful, a representative from the interviewing department will call you to offer you a place on the program. If accepted, a letter of offer will be sent once all relevant paper work is submitted by the successful candidate and approved (this may include criminal history consent form, ID and referee checks). Once you have accepted an offer you should not attend any other interviews.

Key dates for 2018 intake

  • Register on the Queensland Government Graduate Portal by 26 July 2017
  • Testing will commence in August 2017
  • Please note that the time between applying for the program and being asked to interview can be lengthy and ranges from two to six months. Interviews generally will be held between August and October 2017.

* please note months listed above are indicative only and can vary slightly

Application tips

Applying for your first job can be overwhelming, so we have put together some handy tips to help you with our application process.


Your resume lay out should be clear and simple. Include the following information about yourself:

  • full name
  • a blurb about you and your work interests, what you really want to work on and achieve
  • your contact details including an email address and phone number/s that you access regularly. Ensure your voicemail recording and email account is professional (i.e. not This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • education, training qualifications and professional certifications
  • professional memberships
  • experience you have had with hardware, software, languages, databases etc. This is the first thing employers will look for when filling a technical role
  • your professional work history and any other relevant work experience (paid or unpaid)
  • list two contactable referees — get their permission to use them before submitting your resume
  • photos are so yesterday, don’t include one.


  • You will normally be given a few days to prepare for an interview. Check if you are required to bring any supporting documentation or items of completed work.
  • Interviews for the public service are conducted by a small panel comprising a minimum of two people, however most panels consist of three people.
  • Interviews are based around set questions. Be prepared with several actual examples that show your job knowledge or relevant experiences—this may be based on university projects, paid or volunteer work.
  • You will usually have the opportunity to peruse the questions before your interview (generally 10-15 minutes perusal). This process may depend on the department interviewing.
  • Approach the interview in a confident, considered manner and engage with panel members when you speak - eye contact is important.
  • If you do not understand a question, ask for clarification.
  • Always research the organisation to gain an understanding of core business and clientele (e.g. the business of government is to serve the community).
  • If you have any questions about the job or the organisation, note them down and ask them at the end of the interview.
  • What will you wear? Queensland Government is a professional work environment, so dress accordingly.

Most importantly, be yourself!