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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.

Secure your role in shaping a better future for Queenslanders. Apply now for Policy Futures.

Cultural Diversity

The Queensland Government is committed to developing a more culturally responsive and inclusive workplace environment that values and respects the contribution of 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 2016 or be completing your degree in 2017.


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

  • A starting salary of  $58,638 per annum (as at 1/9/17)
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Up to 12.75 per cent employer superannuation contribution
  • 17.5 per cent annual leave loading.

Applying for a Policy Futures placement

To apply for a Policy Futures placement you need to:

  • complete the online application
  • provide copies of your academic record
  • submit your resume
  • provide proof of citizenship or residency

Applications close 9 April 2017.

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. Maea is now working in a higher duties capacity in Social Policy at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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 has 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 with his partner 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 is now 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.

Key dates


Event Date
Applications open 13 March
Policy Futures careers fair stand at:
QUT Careers Fair, Gardens Point campus 20 March
UQ Careers Fair, St Lucia campus 22 March
Big Meet Brisbane, Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane 24 March
Applications close 9 April
Application screening 10 – 11 April
Cognitive testing 12 April – 17 April
Video screening 18 April – 23 April
Assessment centres 2 May – 5 May
Final interviews and offers 9 May – 15 May
Policy Futures placements commence Feb 2018
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Last updated
13 March 2017
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