Graduate Program Disciplines


The Department of Jobs and Small Business recruits graduates in five disciplines, Generalist, Economics, Legal, Quantitative Analysis, and ICT.



The Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

We offer career opportunities for highly talented, enthusiastic and motivated graduates who have excellent team work, interpersonal and communication skills and personal drive.

What our graduates do

As a generalist graduate, you will find yourself working in various roles that may include policy development and advice, project and contract management, program implementation, finance and governance, human resources and communications.

For further information on the policies and programs the Department of Jobs and Small Business delivers please see the Department of Jobs and Small Business website.

Who we are looking for:

  • Tertiary qualifications in any discipline.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, problem solve and work as part of a team.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to actively engage with co-workers and stakeholders.
  • Enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and an attitude open to learning and innovation.
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The Department of Jobs and Small Business and its people are at the forefront of Australian labour market analysis and policy development. By providing economic and labour market advice to portfolio Ministers and the Australian Government, the department’s work directly impacts on the lives of Australians. Department of Jobs and Small Business economics/econometrics graduates are involved in core work and are given real responsibility from the start.

What our graduates do

  • Economic and labour market research and analysis of emerging labour market trends and developments.
  • Providing briefings to Ministers and Department executive on the state of the labour market at a national, State, industry and regional level.
  • Writing reports, preparing publications and Parliamentary Question Time Briefs for the Minister on the key ABS labour market data releases.
  • Investigating labour market outcomes for disadvantage groups, including youth, the long-term unemployed, the low skilled and mature age persons.
  • Contributing to the Australian Government’s submission to the Annual Wage Review.
  • Undertaking our own surveys of employer recruitment activity and skills shortage research.
  • Monitoring job vacancy rates.
  • Undertaking industry and regional employment projections to inform policy development.
  • Analysing the contributing factors assisting Australians to move from unemployment into jobs.
  • Evaluation of government labour market programmes and policies.

Who we are looking for

  • Tertiary qualifications in economics and/or econometrics.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate difficult concepts to non-technical audiences.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to actively engage with co-workers and stakeholders.
  • Enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, and an attitude open to learning and innovation.
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The Department of Jobs and Small Business's legal discipline offers career opportunities for talented and motivated law graduates.

Graduate lawyers are involved in the full range of work undertaken by our legal teams, including in the areas of government and administrative law, corporate and commercial law, insolvency law, intellectual property, legislation development (including drafting of legislative instruments), social security, information law, litigation, workers’ compensation, workplace relations, and work health and safety law.

What our graduates do

Our lawyers provide legal advice and services (including in relation to the development of legislation and the conduct of litigation) across the range of the department’s responsibilities. Our teams are client-oriented and focused on providing innovative, robust and timely legal solutions. We work in dedicated and cooperative team environments, with a commitment to skill development, knowledge sharing and productive learning.

What we are looking for

We offer career opportunities for highly talented and motivated graduates who:

  • Have excellent legal and analytical capabilities.
  • Have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Have personal drive and enthusiasm.
  • Show initiative and flexibility.
  • Possess leadership qualities.
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Quantitative Analysis


The Quantitative Analysis discipline is looking for university graduates with strong analytical, numeric and communication skills to join our team of professional analysts at the Department of Jobs and Small Business. Our Quantitative Analysis graduates apply their specialist skills gained through university to real-world issues and a range of data sources. We offer formal and on-the-job training supported by experienced supervisors to develop your skills in quantitative and data analysis using industry-standard software like SAS and SQL.

What our graduates do

As a graduate in the Quantitative Analysis discipline you will be involved in monitoring, measuring and evaluating the outcomes of the department’s labour market programs. Your specialist skills will be challenged as you deliver evidence-based advice to inform the department’s current and future policy agenda. Examples of what our graduates are doing and may specialise in include:

  • Analysing and reporting on the labour market outcomes of disadvantaged groups, including youth, migrants and Indigenous Australians.
  • Measuring the effectiveness of employment programs through survey and administrative data.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of employment and workplace relations trials through the use of randomised controlled trials.
  • Using sophisticated data matching, predictive modelling and analytics to develop insight into the behaviour and activities of job seekers and employment service providers.
  • Developing and reporting on appropriate measures of performance for publically-funded employment services.
  • Investigating the factors that contribute to long-term unemployment.

What we are looking for

We are seeking highly motivated graduates with degrees in one of the following disciplines or any other field with a focus on quantitative analysis and problem solving. We are interested in people with enthusiasm, a good work ethic and an attitude open to learning and innovation. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are also highly valued.

  • Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Actuarial Studies
  • Social Research
  • Finance
  • Commerce
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
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Information and Communications Technology


Technology has the potential to further enhance and transform the department’s business and service delivery to improve productivity, innovation, responsiveness, meet our people’s expectations for better services, and contribute to the creation of more open government. By being closely aligned with the department’s goals and strategies, the department’s ICT can deliver the services, technology and solutions to help achieve our vision of ‘more jobs, great workplaces’.

The department continues to explore and invest in innovative technologies and is recognised as being at the forefront of the deployment of these technologies within the Australian Public Service (APS). The department is a leader in the deployment of Microsoft technologies such as .Net, SharePoint, Exchange, SQL, Windows and the Office Suite. Our desktop applications and facilities are also considered cutting edge within government.

While the majority of the department’s ICT workforce is based in Canberra, it also has a development branch located in North Ryde in Sydney. The department also plays a core part in the delivery of direct ICT services to other APS agencies.

What our graduates do

The ICT discipline of the Graduate Program offers university graduates a diverse and challenging career in ICT. We offer a flexible working environment and are committed to supporting the individual career aspirations of our graduates.

Opportunities for graduates include, but not limited to:

  • development/coding (mainly Microsoft product suite)
  • project management
  • production support
  • business analysis
  • database development and administration (SQL)
  • date warehousing and analytics
  • network and gateway
  • ICT security
  • testing
  • server build and management
  • contract management
  • system administration and operations
  • unified communications
  • mobile workspaces
  • ICT forensics
  • user experience design

What we are looking for:

The ICT stream of the Graduate Program is offered to university graduates who have undertaken an ICT qualification including (but not limited to):

  • Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology
  • Bachelor of Information Technology in Mainframe Computing
  • Bachelor or Engineering in Network and Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Design and Technology
  • Bachelor of Computer Graphics
  • Bachelor of Business Informatics
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Computer Applications

Those with qualifications in other areas of ICT are also encouraged to apply.

We are also looking for graduates who have the following qualities:

  • a resourceful team player.
  • good communication skills.
  • a willingness to undertake challenging ICT roles.
  • a commitment to personal development.
  • someone who values diversity.
  • the ability to think laterally and strategically.
  • attention to detail.
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