What’s in it for departments?

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2016 Graduates with The Honourable Leeanne Enoch – Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business.

In return for employing a graduate, departments gain enthusiastic and bright individuals that contribute new and fresh ideas.

The Queensland Government Chief Information Office (QGCIO) hosts the whole-of-government program, responsible for:  

  • managing the two-year IT Graduate Program that recruits for both technical and non-technical roles with dedicated resources to take care of all the program needs
  • continuously improving the program based on feedback from departments
  • comprehensive program marketing, including careers fair attendance
  • supporting departments to test, short list and recruit the most relevant candidates welcome forum so all new participants can meet their fellow graduates and new supervisor/mentor
  • a significant induction for participants
  • an information session for all supervisors and mentors
  • providing updated soft skills training and development, lunch box sessions, conference attendance and networking sessions
  • a graduation ceremony at the end of the program.

How does it work?

Participating departments nominate how many graduates their department requires for the next intake. Numbers are dependent on their unique budget and employee FTE restrictions.  Departments directly employ the graduate/s on a temporary basis at the AO3-1 classification level (or equivalent) for two years and QGCIO manages the program including, training and development and ongoing support.

Program purpose

We want to promote IT as a career and introduce new and innovative thinking into the government IT sector. The program is designed to complement a department’s existing workforce strategy by meeting the specific skill shortages in IT roles and developing skills in the areas needed most.


Potential graduate candidates register their interest for the program through the Queensland Government Graduate Portal. After the close of registrations (2018 registrations close 26 July), QGCIO will review those candidates that have registered. QGCIO works with a recruitment partner to screen, test and gather information from each potential candidate. Through this process, candidates get to choose two graduate roles  that best suit their qualification and interest. QGCIO provides the final list of potential candidates to participating departments, separated into graduate role types. Participating departments then shortlist, interview and appoint candidates in-house.

What’s the cost?

Participating departments pay $6000+GST for each graduate for the two-year program. Included in the cost is the first part of the recruitment process including screening, testing and sorting by graduate roles.  All training and development listed on our training calendar (including the conference) and supply of a tablet for all training materials is also included. Departments will be invoiced shortly after the start of the program for the full program cost.

Graduate roles

We have 24 specified roles that we recruit as part of the program. If you are looking to fill a role that is not listed, just let us know and we can create a new graduate role based on your needs.


The number of graduates your department chooses to take on is an independent decision. Generally, the program numbers are capped at 50 graduates per intake.  We took 50 graduates in 2016, and 35 have commenced for the 2017 cohort..

Training and development

Based on best practice and direct feedback from our employing departments, a new training and development plan has been developed for 2016. The majority (80%) of the training will be delivered in the first year with a focus on getting the graduate established and supporting them with soft skills development. The second year has a focus on the host department, including engaging graduates in activities that enhances their thinking about their contributions to improve business and delivery outcomes.  The second year gives an opportunity for departments to set up formal rotations, enrol them in role-specific training, give graduates more complex work/projects and for the graduates to focus on their career development.  

Two-year training and development plan for the 2017 group: TandD_Plan_17 (DOCX) (108.53 KB)

Want more information?

Email the IT Graduate Program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request our current Participation Guide for departments.