About our Digital Graduate Program

The Digital Graduate Program is your opportunity to get a head start on your career. Recent graduates enter the program on a 2-year paid placement with the Queensland Government, contributing to a digital Queensland while working on exciting and innovative digital and IT projects.

The program commences in March each year and is based primarily in Brisbane. Successful graduates are offered entry-level digital tech or customer support roles, access to support, training, networking, conferences and the ability to grow their skills and knowledge.

We provide graduates with support and professional development to give them the tools and confidence to transition from graduate to IT or digital professional.

Our graduates will contribute to helping the Queensland Government deliver public services like health, education, transport, infrastructure, police and emergency services.

As the largest employer in the state, working for the Queensland Government provides graduates the opportunity to tailor their career development and enhance their career opportunities.

When we asked our new employees the top 5 reasons they wanted to work for us, they said: to be the difference, be challenged, be rewarded, balance work and life, to be embraced, and to be me.

What we offer

  • A starting salary of $66,540 per annum plus superannuation and temporary 2-year contract
  • Flexible work-life balance opportunities, with a 36.25 hour working week
  • Generous leave provisions and salary packaging
  • A structured 2-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

Participating government agencies

Our top employing agencies are Queensland Health; Department of Education; Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy; Queensland Police; and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Our most in-demand roles are:

  1. Cyber security​
  2. Business analyst​
  3. Software developer​
  4. Project support​
  5. Data analyst.

Career progression

Due to their experience and training, our graduates can progress their careers very quickly. Eighty-seven percent of graduates completing the program stay on to be employed by the Queensland Government post-program. Our graduates’ salaries increase up to $22,000 or more after completing the 2-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

The program provides great learning and development opportunities to ensure you have the tools and confidence to bridge the transition from graduate to digital professional.

Our award-winning learning and development program is considered one of the best graduate programs in Australia. We expect you to come with some knowledge from university but will teach you about government and help you develop the soft skills required to succeed.


We promote a respectful and inclusive workplace and are committed to building a Queensland public service that promotes 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. Email our graduate manager at ictgradprog@qld.gov.auto discuss further.

Graduates may receive an offer of employment from one or multiple departments. The nature of work may vary depending on the department. Graduates receive opportunities to work on different projects and in different roles, travel, and progress their careers through learning and development.

The Queensland Government is a proud employer of a diverse range of people. We encourage women, people with disability, First Nations 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.

Graduates need to have completed a bachelor's degree in IT or a related field within the last 3 years, or expect to finish their studies by the start of the program in March of the intake year.

Applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizens or have permanent residency in Australia.

You must also be available to start work in March of each intake year or sooner if requested.

We need graduates with a willingness to learn and a good attitude. We welcome candidates with a Bachelor, Graduate Certificate, or Master’s degree in any of the following areas:

  • 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.

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

We pride ourselves on having an easy-to-use graduate recruitment process, which doesn’t use assessment centres or cognitive testing. Our goal is to attract more graduates to work for us and to provide the best recruitment experience possible. Find out how to apply.

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