Graduate opportunities for policy professionals in the Queensland Government

Exciting opportunities are available for graduates looking to make a real and tangible difference in a rewarding public sector career.

Policy Futures is an unparalleled industry leading graduate development program aimed at building policy capability across the Queensland Public Sector. The program builds high-performing, outcomes-focused policy professionals by providing graduates with a unique opportunity to work across a range of diverse and complex policy environments over two years.

We're looking for up to 40 graduates from a range of disciplines who are excellent communicators, innovative, resourceful and willing to challenge the status quo.

Successful candidates will be offered a 2-year temporary contract commencing on 4 February 2019.


The Queensland Government is committed to developing a more inclusive workplace environment that values and respects diversity. This includes our State's first peoples. Candidates who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in their application will be offered a mentor to guide them through the recruitment process. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to submit an application.


The minimum education requirement is a bachelor's degree. We encourage students who have recently graduated from or are in the process of completing postgraduate studies to apply.
You must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (including New Zealand Citizens)
  • have either obtained your university degree in 2017 or be completing your degree in 2018.


In a Policy Futures placement you will enjoy the benefits of working for the Queensland Public Sector which includes:

  • a starting salary of $60,104 per annum (as at 1 September 2018)
  • flexible work arrangements
  • up to 12.75% employer superannuation contribution
  • 17.5% annual leave loading.

Applying for a Policy Futures position

Applications are now closed for the 2019 program.

To register your interest in the 2020 program visit the Graduate Portal.

Hear from previous graduates

Meet Maea Buhre

Maea studied a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies at Australian National University in Canberra. Since starting Policy Futures, Maea has completed one rotation at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and another rotation at the Department of Energy and Water Supply. Her third rotation was at the Department of Education and Training.

Meet Alex Phillips

Alex is from New South Wales and graduated from University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management. He undertook his first rotation at Arts Queensland and his second rotation at Biosecurity Queensland in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Alex remained within Biosecurity Queensland for his third rotation.

Meet Robbie Slape

Robbie graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning. He relocated to Brisbane from Adelaide to take up his position on the program. Robbie’s first rotation was with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and was at Arts Queensland for his second rotation. Robbie was then placed within the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning for his third rotation.

What to expect if placed

As a Policy Futures graduate you can expect:


You will participate in an in-depth orientation packed with professional and personal development sessions and networking designed to get you ready for corporate life in the Queensland Public Sector.

Training and development

Our aim is to shape tomorrow's policy makers. We'll provide you with the foundations for a range of career possibilities through formal and informal learning opportunities like on the job training, supervisor and manager support, rotations and mentoring. You will also participate in a 12 month formal learning and development program as part of Policy Futures which will build both soft and technical policy skills.


You will have the opportunity to undertake rotations in different departments giving you exposure to diverse and complex policy environments across the Queensland Public Sector. In the first year you will undertake 2 x 6 month rotations, and in the second year, you will undertake a 12 month placement.


We will match you with a highly experienced mentor from across the sector who will share their experience and career insights while guiding and supporting you throughout the program.


You will be allocated a local buddy for each rotation who will provide informal guidance and encouragement on the day to day aspects in your role. Your buddy will provide you extra support and will assist you to settle into your new role, build relationships with colleagues, and make the transition from university to the corporate world.


You will be invited to attend a number of networking events and participate in professional development sessions with your fellow graduates throughout the year. You can also collaborate with your fellow graduates through our online graduate portal.

Timeline for the selection process

After applications close, the process undertaken is as follows:

    • application screening
    • online cognitive testing
    • online video screening
    • assessment centres
    • final interviews
    • offers to successful candidates

The expected timeframe between the close of applications and the making of offers is 6 weeks.