In response to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic we will be delaying recruitment for the 2021 intake until later in the year. We still intend to recruit a new group of graduates for the 2021 cohort and will seek agencies interest in the program in the coming months. Discussions are being held on how we ensure the program moves forward.
Graduates can continue to register on the Queensland Government Graduate Portal for the 2021 intake, and we ask for your patience and continued support of our program.
Here's your opportunity to join our award winning program and secure a university graduate. Our graduate's want to be a part of something bigger, to lead projects that make a real difference to the communities of Queensland.
The program enables Queensland Government entities to tap into a pool of enthusiastic and bright future leaders. It also allows university graduates to launch their government career in a range of IT-related technical and non-technical roles
All Queensland Government departments, agencies and government owned corporations are invited to participate in the program, managed by the Queensland Government Customer and Digital Group (QGCDG).
Be rewarded with a graduate that can help you meet your IT business needs. Our graduate are enthusiastic, adaptable, agile and know how to navigate tech.
The IT Graduate Program's extremely high satisfaction rates speak volumes of it's success. We are a well-regarded, award-winning program that delivers wrap around support to you so you can get the most out of the program and find the best possible graduate fit.
Grow the talent within your team, as around 80% of graduates stay with us post program, filling the critical IT roles that are usually hard to fill and retain.
You will be assured of:
- a professionally-managed recruitment process
- a nationally-recognised development program
- support to find the best graduate fit for your business.
What employers say about the program
‘We wanted to thank you and your team for the efforts that are put into the IT graduate program and for its quality. The coordination and candidate screening/systems, and working directly with Sally and yourself (Debby) (sorry for all the phone calls and emails at the time!) allowed us to still use the program and find our graduate.’
‘I’d like to thank you very much for all you help over the last couple of months. It has been very much appreciated. Can you please also pass on our thanks to Debby who has been very helpful and patient with all of our queries.’
'Professionally managed recruitment and development program, providing a caring graduate network which facilitates career advancement'.
'The program brings new talent, viewpoints and ideas to our work area while helping to shape a newer mind set and help them grow'.
'The professionalism of the program attracts quality applicants and then the on-going support doesn’t end once the graduate commences'.
'We are always short staffed so to have the graduates it has been a god-send'.
About the program
The IT Graduate Program develops a workforce geared for a digital future, by encouraging Queensland Government entities to employ a fully-supported digital graduate.
With digital IT talent notoriously hard to attract and retain, the IT Graduate Program recruits digital experts for technical and non-technical roles in the Queensland Government. Our team can help your business by leveraging the profile of the program, engaging directly with university students and increasing awareness of the benefits of working for the Queensland Government to bring you the best candidates.
What's the commitment?
Participating departments take a graduate for a two-year temporary contract at the A03.1 classification level (or equivalent).
2021 Graduates must start with agencies no later than 3 February 2021 (date to be confirmed) (unless otherwise negotiated) or sooner if required and have an end date no earlier than 3 February 2023 (date to be confirmed).
In order to participate, departments are required to sign an Agreement with the Queensland Government Customer and Digital Group.
- Assign one agency contact (graduate coordinator) as the responsible liaison between your department and the IT Graduate Program Team.
- Ensure you have FTE number/s positions (at A03.1 level) are available and financial delegation has been approved for two years.
- Your agency agrees to the upfront payment of $6000 (+GST) per graduate for the two-year term of the program.
- Understand that graduates will be employed by your agency for the two-year term of the program.
- With a view to retention by your agency if possible.
How many graduates can you have?
You will need to consider number of vacant full-time employment (FTE) positions at A03.1 level you have available, your budget and workloads.
The number of graduates your department chooses to take on is up to your business unit. Generally, the program numbers are capped at 40 graduates per intake.
Nomination forms are to be returned to the IT Graduate Team with list of graduate numbers and roles required by your business needs, no later than end of June 2020 (date to be advised).
Late recruitment will be considered and must be negotiated with the IT Graduate Team. Late nominations, not only disadvantages the graduate, but creates an extensive workload for the IT Graduate Team of two people.
There are 24 specific roles that you can recruit for; each requires a technical or selected non-technical degree as a prerequisite.
If there is a specific role you would like filled, contact the IT Graduate Program Manager to discuss the opportunity of creating a new role.
By participating in the program, Queensland Government entities agree to employ a graduate student/s for two years beginning at an A03.1 level. Remuneration is dependent on which department you are with — from $60,605 per year plus super (core public sector).
In addition to their salary, the program costs $6000 +GST for each graduate student.
This fee covers recruitment, training and other expenses, including all of the following:
- initial recruitment process, including screening, testing, information gathering, video interviews and sorting of graduate roles
- comprehensive graduate training and development as listed on our training calendar.
- a tablet for training and day-to-day use. Agencies who chose to provide a device (BYO) for graduates will be discounted $250 per graduate.
Departments will be invoiced for the full cost after the commencement of the program.
QGCDG will provide you and all participating departments with high level support and guidance. In return you will be assured of recruiting a skilled, creative and innovative university graduate.
QGCDG hosts the whole-of-government program, providing:
- management of a 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
- supporting departments with cutting edge recruitment finding the most relevant candidates
- encourage business areas provide a welcome event to make the graduates feel a sense of belonging in their new role
- a three-day induction
- supervisors and mentor support
- profession leadership training, lunchbox sessions and networking opportunities
- comprehensive program marketing, including careers fair attendance
- continuous improvement of the program based on feedback from departments