Expand your team with an IT graduate

The Queensland Government IT Graduate Program has been attracting graduate talent for over 10 years, contributing to a workforce dedicated to government’s responsive and digital future.

The program enables Queensland Government entities to tap into a pool of enthusiastic and bright future leaders. It also allows university graduates to kick-start 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 Chief Information Office (QGCIO).

By partaking, you can benefit from employing someone with an innovative and creative approach that can help drive change and meet your business needs.

The IT Graduate Program's extremely high satisfaction rates speak volumes of it success.

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.

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 and tech-savvy 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 o bring you the best candidates.

What's the commitment?

Participating departments will take on a graduate for a two-year temporary contract at the A03-1 classification level (or equivalent) for the graduate (see costs below).

Graduates must start with agencies no later than 6 February 2019 or sooner if required and have an end date no earlier than
12 February 2021.

Participating departments will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Queensland Government Chief Information Office (example MOU extract (DOCX, 95.03 KB)).

The MOU:

  • clarify roles and responsibilities in relation to the program and its graduates
  • foster cooperation and enhance communication and understanding between parties
  • ensure actions taken by stakeholders are coordinated, make the most effective use of resources and maximise the benefits for all parties.

The number of graduates you can take on

The number of graduates your department chooses to take on is up to your business unit. You will need to consider workloads, number of vacant full-time employment (FTE) positions you have available and your budget. Generally, the program numbers are capped at 50 graduate per intake.

Graduate roles

There are 27 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.

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 provide a device for graduates will be discounted $250 per graduate.

Departments will be invoiced for the full cost after the commencement of the program.

Program support

QGCIO 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.

QGCIO 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
  • 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

Agency testimonials:

'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 have excellent candidates who are keen to develop their skills in government'.

'We are always short staffed so to have the graduates it has been a god-send'.

The Graduate's recruitment process

Potential graduate candidates register their interest for the program through the Queensland Government Graduate Portal.

After registrations close (2019 registrations will open 2 July and close on 23 July 2018), QGCIO review the registered candidate. QGCIO then works with a recruitment partner to scree, test, video interview and gather information from each potential candidate. Through this process, candidates select two graduate roles that best suit their qualification and interest.

QGCIO provides the final list of potential candidates to participating departments, ranked top to least scorning and separated into graduate role types. Participating departments then shortlist, interview and appoint candidates in-house.

Download the 2019 Master recruitment timeline (DOCX, 31.35 KB).

Graduate training and development

The graduate training plan is very successful. The majority (80%) of the training is delivered in the first year. Training has a focus on getting the graduate established in their role and supporting them with effective soft skills, leadership and government-focused development.

In the second year, training has a focus on the host department, including how to engage graduates in activities that encourage them to generate innovative ideas for improved business outcomes. This year is an opportunity for departments to set up form rotations, instigate role-specific training and/or challenge graduates with more complex work.

Download the 2018 two-year training and development plan (DOCX, 107.88 KB)

Employment obligations

Employment of the graduate/s is the sole responsibility of the department, agency or government owned corporation. Any performance issues should be managed by the employer; QGCIO will provide support and advise where appropriate.

The program encourages employers to expand the opportunities available to their graduates to include a broad range of experiences across the business, including rotations, short term acting up opportunities and formal secondments. Opportunities should be given to the graduate and - where possible - consideration should be offered for the graduate to retain their formal role (A03 position).

Graduate mentors and supervisors

Mentoring and support have been proven essential for the successful development of graduate students. Once you have engaged a graduate you will be asked to nominate their supervisors and mentor. A separate person for each role of mentor and supervisor is preferable, as they play very different roles.

Supervisors and mentors will be invited to the induction to hear about their role in supporting the graduate. This way, all parties involved in the program are provided with an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge - not just the graduates.

Progression and retention

While it's the aim of the program to retain graduates within the Queensland Government, we understand this is not always possible. The graduate program team work with graduates throughout the program to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to effectively manage their ongoing career options. We do this by:

  • providing networking opportunities
  • providing a program-appointed mentor
  • delivering career management workshops
  • assisting graduates with resume, application and interview preparation.

We maintain an excellent rate of retention, with approximately 87% of our 2016 cohort remaining in the Queensland Government.

A recent survey revealed, most graduates go on to achieve and A04 or A05 position upon completion of the program. Some graduates have landed senior roles across the Queensland Public Service, or re-joined the program as a graduate supervisor or mentor, providing a valuable experience for the incoming graduates.

Learn more

To confirm you agency's participation in the program, you will need to complete a Nomination form.

To receive Nomination form and Participation pack, email the IT Graduate team on the contact details below. Department nominations must be received by 29 June 2018 for the 2019 intake.

Debby Ramsay                                  or                           Sally Campbell

Program Officer                                                               Manager Graduate Program

Phone: 07 3215 3930                                                    Phone: 07 3215 3911

Email: ictgradprog@qld.gov.au

Last Reviewed: 22 June 2018