What's in it for graduates?

Our graduate program offers you more than just an ordinary job. We offer you a supported and connected environment with the opportunity to contribute to some of the most exciting and innovative IT projects in the state, implementing positive changes for Queenslanders.

You can build a career in a workplace that supports you to develop knowledge, skills and expertise in a variety of roles with a variety of opportunities as the largest employer in Queensland.

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 for the program. Increasing the representation and inclusion of people with a disability or impairment in our workforce is a priority for us, and the IT Graduate Program is well placed to provide a supportive work environment, with opportunities for skills development and an exciting career pathway.

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

You can be a part of the exciting Queensland Government IT sector in either a technical or non-technical role, helping the government take advantage of emerging technologies and innovative solutions to improve government services. So why not join us and be part of delivering a digital future for Queensland.

IT as a career

There is a skills gap the world over when it comes to technology. There is growing demand from Queensland Government seeking digital transformation and the need for cyber security experts as we become increasingly reliant on technology and data sharing. The IT skills shortage is typically in mid-level and higher positions rather than at graduate stage, but to plug the gap we need more people entering the profession and getting trained up.

You can work in IT without an IT degree. More and more government employers are hiring graduates from any degree background because they recognise the benefit of filling their business with people trained to think in different ways, and because they can be trained up. To guide you on the types of roles open to you, have a look at our ICT Careers Streams diagram and apply for the Queensland Government IT Graduate Program.

About the program

The Queensland Government IT Graduate Program has been attracting graduate talent for over 13 years. Our two-year graduate program puts you in the best possible place to remain in Queensland Government post program. Designed as a leadership development program, you can expect wrap around support to help you achieve your career aspirations. As part of our program, you:

  • receive a two-year temporary contract as an AO3 (remuneration is dependent on which department you are with — from $60,605 per year plus super)
  • participate in progressive and interactive development including fast paced training sessions, lunchbox sessions and networking opportunities
  • can negotiate additional role-specific training with your department
  • enjoy a tablet for use on the program and at work
  • have the choice to experience other areas to further your knowledge are given a mentor to help guide your career decisions
  • will network with all graduates across Queensland Government and join in arranged social events
  • will be a part of a supportive graduate cohort.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people that will be willing to add fresh ideas, innovate and engage with our IT sector to serve the Queensland community.

If you have studied information technology, information management, computer science, telecommunications, project management, web/multimedia design, business/commerce/law, marketing or procurement, robotics, autonomous systems, cloud computing, design thinking, user experience design, visualisation, data analytics and security—we want you!

Positions in the IT graduate program aren’t necessarily technical IT roles, we look for a range of non-technical people to fill roles such as project support, marketing, finance and research positions.

Find out whether you’re eligible and how to apply.


The Queensland Government Customer and Digital Group (QGCDG) manages the program.

You will receive support from QGCDG staff from your application phase to your program graduation, helping you to be the best you can be.

You will be matched up with a mentor who will help guide you and give you impartial advice on your day-to-day work and your Queensland Government career.

You will get plenty of opportunities to engage with the other graduates in your group and build a network of like-minded individuals.

Participating departments

The following departments are participating in the 2020 program:

  • Children's Health Queensland
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Housing and Public Works
  • Department of Justice and the Attorney-General
  • Queensland Health
  • Queensland Police
  • QSuper

Other benefits

Queensland Government IT Graduate Program participants receive many other benefits:

  • flexible working arrangements
  • 20 days annual leave
  • 10 days sick leave per year
  • in-house training and development and professional development (as available in your department)
  • access to salary packaging
  • paid public holidays
  • long services accumulation
  • health and well being programs
  • competitive salary and superannuation
  • study assistance
  • employment security

Last Reviewed: 21 January 2020