Information for graduates

Start your digital career with us and find out why grads love our program and never want to leave

Applications for 2023 cohort have now closed!

The Digital and ICT Graduate Program is your opportunity to get a head start on your career. During your two-year placement, you will contribute to a digital Queensland and work on exciting and innovative digital and ICT projects that deliver positive changes for Queenslanders. Commencing in March each year and primarily in Brisbane, you will fill an entry-level digital tech or customer support role bringing your much-needed talent and ideas to the table. You are our future leader given access to more support, training, networking, conferences and the ability to grow your skills and knowledge at a rapid rate.

Why work for us?

We provide you with support and professional development to give you the tools and confidence to bridge the transition from graduate to ICT/digital professional.

As a graduate, your work will affect how the Queensland Government delivers public services like health, education, transport, infrastructure, police and emergency services. Your work will make a difference and your expertise will be of great value. So, why work for Queensland? When we asked our new employees the five top reasons they wanted to work for us, they said; to be the difference, be challenged, be rewarded, balance work and life, to be embraced to be me. Queensland Government provides graduates with tailored development and a career where you can be the difference.

What you will be doing?

Well, that depends on where you land in the Queensland Government. We have quite a few agencies participating in the program. You could get an offer for employment from one or a few departments.

You will have a range of opportunities to work on and as you will be joining Queensland’s largest employer the opportunities to travel, grow and move up the ladder are endless.

Which government agencies take grads?

A lot of them! Our top employing agencies are Queensland Health, Education, Department of Communities Housing and Digital Economy, Queensland Police and Transport and Main Roads.

What are the top roles that we need?

  1. Cyber security​
  2. Business analyst​
  3. Software developer​
  4. Project support​
  5. Any anything data is pretty hot right now too.

Eligibly and who can apply?

The Queensland Government is a proud employer of a diverse range of people. We need people from all walks of life to create a vibrant, diverse workplace and ultimately make our work shine.

We encourage women, people with disability, Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTIQ+ community, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature-age Queenslanders to apply.

It’s not just technical IT, we’re looking for graduates in all aspects of IT development, customer service, design and delivery of services to Queenslanders.

Yes, we do require you to hold a permanent residency or citizenship to be employed by us.

You need to have completed a bachelor's degree in IT or a related field within the last three (3) years or will finish by the start of the program in March 2023.

You must be available to start work by March 2023 or sooner if requested.

About you

We need graduates with a willingness to learn and a good attitude. We welcome candidates from all disciplines with a Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate or master in one of the following areas degrees in:

  • information technology, cloud computing, cyber security, computer science, data analytics, robotics, telecommunications, information management, mathematics
  • business, marketing, procurement
  • project management, law, creative industries
  • web and multimedia design, user experience design.

Career progression

Our grads travel up the ladder so fast we have to stand back for fear of being run over! Eighty seven percent (87%) of our grads completing our program stay on to be employed by the Queensland Government post-program.

Our grads on average leap up to $22k or more within the two-year program or after completing the two-year program.

'I just want to say how grateful I am to have been a part of the graduate program it set an incredible foundation for me to strive further in my career.' Imran Thaggard

On the job learning and development

We’re here to provide you with the best learning and development program to give you the tools and confidence to bridge the transition from graduate to digital professional.

Our learning program is considered one of the best around and is award-winning. We expect you to come with some knowledge from uni but then teach you the most important things about government and give you a good grounding in soft skills to really set you up for success.

What we offer

  • A starting salary of $66,540k per annum plus superannuation and temp two-year contract
  • Flexible work-life balance opportunities, with a 36.25 hour working week
  • Generous leave provisions and salary packaging
  • A structured two-year leadership development program
  • Career development guidance and a supportive graduate team
  • Networking opportunities and social events
  • A mentor and connection to a supportive graduate cohort
  • A wide variety of Graduate roles to choose from.

Am I eligible?

  • You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.
  • Completed or about to complete a university degree within the last two years with an Australian or New Zealand university. Undergraduate degree is the minimum qualification required.
  • Please follow this link https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/training-careers/osqrecognition to update your overseas qualifications to Australian recognised qualifications.
  • As we navigate this strange new world and the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s becoming quite clear that COVID-19 vaccinations are becoming mandatory. Queensland Government is moving towards mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for all government staff. This has started slowly via department or buildings (1 William Street was the first to make it mandatory that anyone working in the building must be vaccinated).
  • You are free to start employment in March 2023 (to be confirmed) or prior if requested by agency.
  • International student opportunity visit Industry Graduate Program.

Recruitment process

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

We pride ourselves on having one of the easiest grad recruitment processes around. We never do assessment centres and have dropped cognitive testing, YES you heard that right!

We want to give more of you the chance to come and work for us and give you the best candidate experience possible.

Diversity information

We promote a respectful workplace culture; we are committed to building inclusive cultures in the Queensland public sector that respect and promote human rights and diversity. We strongly encourage everyone to apply for our advertised positions; irrespective of gender, ethnicity, age, language, sexual orientation, and disability or family responsibilities. We recognise the value of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Support and reasonable adjustments can be provided to applicants throughout the selection process as required. Contact our Graduate Manager to discuss further.

Looking for more information?

Visit the How to apply page for further information.

Email us at ictgradprog@qld.gov.au or phone us on 0448 540 470 or 0439 403 090.


Last Reviewed: 11 August 2022