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02 November 2018

The Clean Energy Regulator Graduate Development Program provides you with the opportunity to develop a well-rounded knowledge of the work of the agency, gain experience in the public sector and develop a deep understanding of Australia’s biggest policy developments. Participants of the Graduate Development Program will experience:

  • a rotation system to gain experience across the agency
  • an intensive and engaging development program
  • delivery of a major project in collaboration with the graduate cohort, and
  • a mentor and buddy program to help develop new skills and help you align your experience and knowledge with the agency.

Applications are now closed for the 2019 program. Applications for the 2020 program will open in June 2019​.


During your graduate year, you will work in three areas of our agency. The rotation structure allows us to give our graduates a wide range of experiences. By working across business areas, graduates develop an understanding of the agency’s work in the administration of climate change policies and regulation of carbon and renewable energy markets.

Training and career development

Throughout the Graduate Development Program you will be provided with the necessary training and development required to be effective in your role and to provide you with the foundation skills required to launch your APS career. Graduate Development Program participants will gain relevant knowledge and skills in government administration as well as the technical expertise required to be an effective technical specialist within the Clean Energy Regulator.

Completion of a major project

The Graduate Development Program includes a unique opportunity to complete and present a major project. This project provides you with access to our executive and business experts across the agency. Past graduates have presented projects which have gone onto inform changes and improvements within the agency.

Organisational support

In addition to support from the agency and the graduate coordinator, you will also receive individual support from buddies (former graduates) and mentors. As a graduate, you will also have the opportunity to be involved in events across the agency as part of the agency's Social Club.

We also have a number of staff networks within the agency to provide support to our diverse workforce.

What we are looking for in a graduate

As a regulatory agency working in a complex environment, we are looking for graduates from varied backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds for our affirmative measures graduate positions. We are looking for graduates with high-level analytical and communication skills, along with people who work well in teams. Practical, results-oriented people who are able to work under pressure, occasionally in difficult environments, meet tight deadlines and who are proactive in getting out and about and making contacts.

Recent graduates have degrees in environmental science, business management, science and law.

Affirmative measures

The Clean Energy Regulator is committed to the employment of Indigenous people in its workforce.

Under provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 agencies are allowed to identify particular vacancies as open to only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants. To ensure we continue to build a diverse workforce we have identified positions within our Graduate Development Program for Indigenous graduates.

For further information on affirmative measures please refer to the Australian Public Service Commission’s Affirmative measure for recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: A guide for applicants.


To be eligible for this program, you will need to:

  • have completed an undergraduate degree or higher in the last three years
  • have maintained a credit (or equivalent) average throughout the degree
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be willing to relocate to Canberra
  • be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance to a minimum of baseline level.

To be eligible for affirmative measures positions, applicants must also:

  • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and
  • are accepted by their community as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

As a part of the application submission process you will be required to upload a document that confirms your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

We welcome applications from people from a cultural or linguistically diverse background, people with a disability and mature age candidates.

For more information, please contact us.

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