How to apply

Applications for 2023 have closed!

We will re-open applications in July 2023 for the 2024 cohort!

The Queensland Government is a proud employer of a diverse range of people, and we would like to encourage people with a disability or impairment to apply to the program. Increasing the representation and inclusion of people with a disability or impairment in our workforce is a priority for us. The Digital and ICT Graduate Program offers a supportive work environment, with opportunities for skills development and an exciting career pathway.

Candidates with an impairment, can contact the ICT Graduate Team at any stage of the recruitment process for support and guidance in your application.

Our program has a thorough recruitment process designed to be as fair as possible to every candidate. Below are handy hints, tips and frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you with your application.

We appreciate that you may want to apply for more than one Queensland Government graduate program, and if you have also registered on the Graduate Portal SmartJobs you may also be notified when other graduate program applications open, who are  seeking your qualifications.


31 July 2022

Applications close for 2023 Intake  

August - September 2022

Shortlisting and interviews

September - October 2022

Interviews continue

October - November  2022


November 2022 - January 2023


PLEASE NOTE - All dates can vary as each department is responsible for their individual HR processes. These processes can take weeks, to several months to complete.

6 March 2023

Digital and ICT Graduate Program commences - Induction dates confirmed 29, 30 and 31 March 2023
You may be invited to start sooner depending on your hiring agency and their business needs.

The recruitment process

There are several stages in the recruitment process described below. This process is your chance to show us that you have what it takes to succeed in the Queensland Government.

* Please note: the months listed below are indicative and may vary between departments, depending on the recruitment processes of individual business areas.

Stage 1: Online registration form 

You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for any of the Queensland Government Graduate Programs.

Once you are invited to apply to our program, you will be given instructions on the Gradsift platform. You will need to create a profile, upload your resume, academic record and create a short video to introduce yourself. You will also be asked to choose two to three roles you feel would suit your passion and qualifications. This year we will also be seeking interest for rural and regional positions, but the majority of our roles on offer will be Brisbane based.

Suggest you do not use a University email address, as once you graduate and leave, it will no longer be a valid email for contact.

Stage 2: Shortlisting 

Once you have completed your GradSift profile and applications have closed, applicant lists will be forwarded to those departments seeking the specific roles they require for their business area. Each department is responsible for their own recruitment processes, collating shortlist of applicants selected for interview (face to face or via MS Teams). Successful applicants will be contacted by the department directly for interview.

Stage 3: Interview 

Interviews will be held in various locations in Brisbane, but mainly in the CBD. MS Teams interviews can be made available to those candidates that are outside the Brisbane region. Most interviews run for approximately 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.

Stage 4: Selection 

Selection is based on your experience, 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, offer the role to the next successful candidate.

Stage 5: Offers made 

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 paperwork is submitted by the successful candidate and approved (this may include a criminal history consent form, ID and referee checks). This process can take weeks to several months to complete.

If you have any queries about your interview, time frame or commencement, you have every right to contact the Chairperson from the interview panel directly to find out what is happening.

Once you have accepted an offer you should not attend any other interviews.

Application and interview advice

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

Writing your resume

A good resume is vital for gaining an interview. Your resume lay out should be clear and simple. Here are a few tips to make your resume shine:

  1. List your full name, postal and email address and contact phone number. It’s a good idea to have a professional voicemail recording and email address (i.e., not ). Again, do not use a University email address, as once you graduate and leave, it will no longer be valid.
  2. Include a blurb about you and your work interests. For example, where your passion lies and what you really want to achieve at work.
  3. List your education, training qualifications and professional certifications, as well as any professional memberships.
  4. Outline your knowledge and experience using hardware, software, programming languages, databases etc. This is the first thing employers will look for when filling a technical role.
  5. Include your professional work history and any other relevant work experience, whether paid or unpaid.
  6. List two contactable referees, including their name, job title and company (if relevant), email address, contact phone number and their relationship to you. Remember to ask their permission first before listing them on your resume.
  7. It’s not a good idea to include a photo of yourself, however you may choose to include a link to your LinkedIn profile instead.

Prepare for your interview

Preparing for an interview can improve your chances of making a good impression and securing the job. To help guide your preparation, here are a few tips and suggestions:

  1. You will normally be given a few days to prepare for the interview. Check if you are required to bring any supporting documentation or items of completed work.
  2. Interviews for the public service are conducted by a small panel comprising a minimum of two people, however most panels consist of three people.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Approach the interview in a confident, considered manner and engage with panel members when you speak. Eye contact is important!
  6. If you do not understand a question, ask for clarification.
  7. Research the organisation to gain an understanding of their core business and clientele (e.g. the business of government is to serve the community).
  8. If you have any questions about the job or the organisation, note them down and ask them at the end of the interview.
  9. Think about what will you wear to the interview. The Queensland Government is a professional work environment, so dress accordingly.

Most importantly, be yourself!


What do I need to study to get into the Digital and ICT Graduate Program? 

We welcome candidates from all disciplines with a Bachelor, Graduate Certificate or Masters in one of the following areas:-

computing, computer science, computer engineering, digital, technology, information, science, security, software, telecommunications, networking, mathematics, data, cloud, AI, machine learning, robotics, UX (user experience), human-centred design, enterprise architecture, systems, design, law, psychology, business, commerce, communications, arts, games and animation, media, web design, analytics and statistics.

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 in the state. As such, once established you can take your career in so many directions. 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 with excellent opportunities for networking with the graduate group, innovative professional development, mentoring, as well as flexible work conditions and a competitive salary. Later in your program you will be offered career assistance and support is always provided by the Digital and ICT Graduate Program team on any matter you wish to discuss.

Do you have age limits for graduates?

No, we accept all people of all ages. All graduates will be selected on their capabilities, 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 two years. Undergraduate students are not eligible to participate in the program. Undergraduate degree is the minimum qualification for a graduate position.

Is previous work experience or an internship in an ICT 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):

*   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 $66,540 per year plus up to 12.75 per cent superannuation.

Can I apply if I’m not an Australian citizen?

Unfortunately – no! 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 or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. This means that you need to have your residency status confirmed at the time of application.

A Student Working Visa is NOT valid to work within Queensland Government if you do not also have permanent residency.

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 ICT 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?

No, we do not offer internships.

How long do I have to wait to hear if I have been successful in getting an interview?

Unfortunately, the time between applying for the program and being asked to interview can be lengthy process and can range from several weeks to several months, and beyond!

If you have any queries about the success of your interview, time frames or commencement, please contact the interview panel Chairperson directly.

How long do I have to wait to hear if I got the job after the interview?

You should be be informed within four weeks post interview, however, this time frame can vary as each department is responsible for their own recruitment and HR procedures. If you have any queries, please contact the Chair of the interview panel directly.

When does the program start?

Graduates can be offered an earlier start date depending on your hiring agency and their business needs.  2023 cohort commencement date on 6 March 2023.

Last Reviewed: 11 August 2022