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25 March 2021

Applications for the 2022 program open on 3 May 2021 and close on 23 May 2021. Please note that due to tight timeframes, we do not accept late applications.

Our application process has three simple stages with video interviews available to meet COVID-19 restrictions. This process has been designed to draw out the best in all applicants. We will keep you informed of your progress at every stage.

If you need more information before you apply, please see About our Graduate Development Program.

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Steps for the application process

  1. Online application form

    To start your application process, please click the above Apply now button.

    Please ensure you have already prepared the following as you will be required to include them with your application:

    • Your resume or CV;
    • Copy of your most recent academic transcript; and
    • Your statement of claims.
  2. Need tips?

    Need tips on writing your statement of claims? See our hints and tips for applying.

  3. Assessment centre – Written assessment and panel interview

    If you are shortlisted, a select number of applicants will progress to the assessment centre. This will involve a written assessment and a video conference interview.

  4. Offer

    If you are successful at the assessment centre, a verbal offer for placement in the program will be made to you. As part of the offer pack, you will be required to satisfactorily obtain a Baseline Security Clearance.

Recruitment timeline

Applications open
Applications open 3 May 2021 and close 23 May 2021.

Candidates shortlisted
The selection panel will shortlist candidates by the end Mid-June 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment centre. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by mid July 2021.

Assessment centre
Shortlisted candidates will progress to the assessment centre. This will involve a written assessment and a face to face panel interview. The assessment centre will run early August 2021.

Referee checks
Where candidates are found to be competitive following the assessment centre, referees will be contacted to confirm suitability.

Offers will be made to suitable candidates by early September 2021.

Hints and tips for applying

How to respond to the criteria in your statement of claims

Taken from Get it Right: A Recruitment Kit for Managers, APSC, 2003; see APSC Cracking the Code for further information.

To structure your response in your written application to the selection criteria, we recommend that you use the 'STAR' approach.

The STAR approach will assist you when responding to the questions asked.

STAR approach

The STAR approach asks you to answer some specific questions, giving examples of when and how you have used your skills.

  • Situation—Set the context by describing the circumstance where you used the skills or qualities and gained the experience.
  • Task—What was your role?
  • Actions—What did you do and how did you do it?
  • Results—What did you achieve? What was the end result and how does it relate to the job you are applying for?

When writing your response:

  • Use examples from work, university or other areas of your life
  • Focus on your own involvement in various situations (use 'I' rather than 'we')
  • Provide recent examples wherever possible
  • Use examples that have a clear beginning, middle and end

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