Graduate programs and student opportunities

Join Queensland's largest and most diverse employer and make a difference to the people and communities of Queensland.

We work together to deliver public service including health, education, transport, infrastructure, police and emergency services, environment, tourism and community services.

Our graduate programs provide valuable learning and development opportunities to launch your career and make a difference to the lives of Queenslanders. Join us to #BeHere4Qld.

Open and upcoming graduate programs

Cast your net and grow your career with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and help bring our legacy to life. Play a vital role in the production and protection of food and fibre for Queenslanders and the world.

Our 2-year program provides you with valuable learning and development opportunities to launch your career and make a tangible impact for today and tomorrow. Just imagine what you can achieve with us!

Disciplines we recruit

We're looking for talented, down-to-earth and resilient graduates from a range of disciplines, including:

  • policy
  • data sciences
  • sciences such as agricultural, horticultural, marine, environment, ecology, animal, chemical engineering and botany
  • business, commerce and economics.

Key dates

  • 24 November 2022 – applications open
  • 15 January 2023 – applications close

Want more information?

Visit Graduate connect program.

The Queensland Government graduate talent pool allows recent graduates to submit one application to be considered by a wide range of Queensland Government agency graduate programs. Our program coordinators will contact you if your application profile matches the needs of their graduate program.

Disciplines we recruit

All of them! We encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply.

Key dates

  • 28 March 2022 – applications open
  • 31 December 2022 – applications close

More information

Visit the Graduate Program Talent Pool on Smart jobs.

Closed graduate programs

Queensland Audit Office provides independent assurance on how state and local government public sector entities are performing and identifies opportunities for best practice. Graduates apply their analytical and accounting skills to deliver audit and assurance engagements, investigations into fraud, waste, or mismanagement, and provide advice to parliament. This is a 12-month program.

Disciplines we recruit

Accounting, commerce, data science, information systems, mathematics and statistics.

Key dates

  • 12 April 2022 – Applications open
  • 1 May 2022 – Applications close

More information

Visit Queensland Audit Office graduate program.

The Digital and ICT graduate program is your opportunity to get a head start on your career. During your 2-year placement, you will contribute to a digital Queensland and work on exciting and innovative digital and ICT projects that deliver positive changes for Queenslanders.

It's not just technical IT. We're looking for graduates in all aspects of IT development, design and delivery of services to Queenslanders.

Disciplines we recruit (disciplines may change)

Information technology, cloud computing, cyber safety, computer science, data analytics, robotics, telecommunications, information management, mathematics, business, marketing, procurement, project management, law, creative industries, web and multimedia design and user experience design.

Key dates

  • 1 July 2022 – Applications open
  • 31 July 2022 – Applications close

More information

Visit Digital and ICT graduate program.

Policy Futures graduate program is a 2-year program that provides graduates an opportunity to make a positive difference to Queenslanders through the implementation of effective government policies.

Disciplines we recruit

Policy is a diverse field that requires input from all degrees and disciplines. Whatever you studied—from law to accounting, creative industries to social work—it's likely that your insight and expertise will be of value.

Key dates

  • 1 March 2022 – Applications open
  • 11 April 2022 – Applications close

More information

Visit Policy Futures graduate program.

Queensland Treasury’s GRADStart program enables our graduates to achieve their career goals and provides a pathway for future leaders of the department and the public sector. Graduates work on a variety of projects and contribute to solutions which have a lasting impact on Queensland's prosperity.

Disciplines we recruit

Economics, finance, accounting, commerce, data science or public policy.

Key dates

  • 31 March 2022 – Applications open
  • 30 June 2022 – Applications close

Want more information?

Visit Queensland Treasury graduate program.

The Department of Environment and Science offers a 12-month program giving graduates the opportunity to develop a meaningful career in environmental regulation as an Environmental Officer. In this position, you will complete rotations and projects across diverse work streams throughout the state in the Environmental Service and Regulation division. While building your capacity in the disciplines of compliance and assessment, you will be fully supported through a comprehensive development program.

Disciplines we recruit

Environmental management; chemical, forensic, physical, geological, hydrological, environmental, applied or biological sciences; or environmental engineering. Other closely related disciplines may be considered.

Key dates

  • 27 July 2022 – Applications close

More information

Email capabilityandsafety@des.qld.gov.au.

The Queensland Cultural Centre First Nations graduate program is a joint initiative across Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland Museum, the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery/Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and Arts Queensland.

This 2-year graduate program allows First Nations graduates the opportunity to achieve their professional development as they rotate between 5 exciting agencies. They'll be exposed to challenging and rewarding opportunities while building a strong network within the Cultural Centre Precinct.

Graduates will be provided with a First Nations mentor at each placement, in addition to the mentor for the overall program, providing a robust support network throughout this 2-year program.

Disciplines we recruit

Accounting, arts, business analysts, communications, collections management, data analytics, informatics, event management, finance, human resources, information technology, marketing, programming and policy.

While this program will endeavour to provide experience in a graduate's discipline, it is important to note that they may not always be placed in their chosen field throughout the entire program.

Key dates

Our current program runs until the end of 2023. Expressions of interest or enquiries are welcome for our next intake at the beginning of 2024.

More information

Email recruitment@caa.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3003 2397.

Queensland Health offers a range of graduate experiences for newly qualified registered nurses and midwives. Graduate opportunities are available from large quaternary hospitals in metropolitan centres, to large and medium sized regional facilities as well as rural and remote locations.

Disciplines we recruit

Graduate registered nurses and midwives.

Graduate employment opportunities are available across a range of specialities, ensuring your career is exciting, challenging, fulfilling and allows you to follow your passions.

Key dates

  • 25 July 2022 – Applications open
  • 19 August 2022 – Applications close

More information

Visit Registered Nursing and Graduate Midwife program.

The future of Queensland is happening right now, and we want you to help us shape it.

Disciplines we recruit

  • Graduate Business Support Officer
  • Graduate Economic Development Officer
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Graduate Ethics Officer
  • Graduate IT/Data Officer
  • Graduate Planner
  • Graduate Policy Officer
  • Graduate Project Manager

Key dates

  • 17 August 2022 – Applications open
  • 14 September 2022 – Applications close

Want more information?

Visit Grads Growing Queensland.

The Graduate Excellence Program offers a challenging and rewarding opportunity to contribute to a department that works to capitalise on Queensland's resources for sustainable economic prosperity and just outcomes.

Disciplines we recruit

We recruit graduates from a range of disciplines including earth science, economics, environmental science, environmental management, geology, geoscience, law, policy, planning, property, spatial information, and spatial science.

Key dates

  • July–August 2022 – Applications open

Want more information?

Visit Graduate Excellence Program.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads graduate program is a 2-year program that provides graduates with at least 2 work rotations, professional training, and career development. Graduates will work on exciting projects across South East Queensland and a number of Queensland locations.

Disciplines we recruit

Engineering (civil), environment procurement, spatial science and survey.

Key dates

  • 2 August 2022 – Applications open
  • 29 August 2022 – Applications close

More information

Visit Department of Transport and Main Roads graduate program.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service is committed to growing its workforce and creating a workplace where staff and others are valued and excel. The Allied Health graduate program is a 2-year comprehensive work-based program for allied health graduates to develop and apply their skills in mental health.

Disciplines we recruit

Occupational therapy, psychology and social work.

Key dates

  • 15 August 2022 – Applications open
  • 7 October 2022 – Applications close

More information

Visit Allied Health graduate program.

The Queensland Parliamentary Service Graduate Program is a 2-year bespoke program providing graduates with an opportunity to make a positive difference to parliamentary democracy in Queensland and build a rewarding career within an agile and diverse environment.

Graduates will rotate through the 4 divisions of the Parliamentary Service and be exposed to a wide variety of work projects across all the functions of a working Westminster Parliament. In each rotation, areas of interest and growth will be matched with specific projects to provide a program that is unique to each graduate.

There are 4 positions available. Two of these positions are for First Peoples graduates recognised in the community as having Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island heritage.

Disciplines we recruit

We will consider all degrees and disciplines.

Key dates

  • 4 October 2022 – Applications open
  • 31 October 2022 – Applications close

More information

Visit Queensland Parliament graduate program.

Student opportunities

Queensland Government agencies partner with universities to provide cadetships, industry placements and work experience. Make sure to check with both your university Careers and Employment unit and your faculty for opportunities.

The opportunities available include: