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25 March 2021

Benefits as a Clean Energy Regulator Graduate

Generous remuneration and entitlements

Graduates will be paid at the APS3 classification and receive a salary between $65,130 - $70,503 plus 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, you will advance to an APS4 classification, and you will receive a salary between $73,189 - $77,217 plus 15.4% superannuation.

Furthermore, as full-time ongoing Clean Energy Regulator employees, graduates are entitled to generous leave entitlements, including 20 days annual leave, 20 days paid personal/carer’s leave, public holidays and paid Christmas-shut down without you needing to use your leave entitlements. For more information, see the Clean Energy Regulator Enterprise Agreement 2019-2022.

Paid Relocation Expenses

The Clean Energy Regulator operates out of one national office in Canberra. Graduates who are relocating to Canberra from interstate will be provided assistance with their relocation. This includes payment for travelling to Canberra, a moving company to move your goods, and storage of your items. When you first arrive in Canberra, the Clean Energy Regulator will also organise and pay for up to 4 weeks of temporary accommodation.

Ongoing position after completion of the program

As outlined in the letter of offer, all of our Graduates are employed as permanent full-time employees. You will be required to satisfactorily meet your probation period which will be the duration of the program. After satisfactory completion of the 11-month Graduate Program, you will be placed into an ongoing position.

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 and skills required to launch your APS career.

As a Clean Energy Regulator graduate, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Public Service Graduate Development Program (APS GDP), run by the Australian Public Service Commission, alongside graduates from other Australian Public Service agencies and departments. This program includes comprehensive face-to-face training, networking opportunities, coaching sessions and assessment activities, as well as delivery of a major project. The APS GDP curriculum is equivalent to a 12-month course load for the following courses, and can be used for articulation to:

Completion of a major project

The Graduate Development Program includes a unique opportunity to complete and present a major project on an agency-identified topic. This project provides you with access to our Executive and business experts across the agency, as well as opportunity to consult more widely with external stakeholders in the public and private sector. Past projects have gone on to inform changes and improvements within the agency.

Photo of the 2020 Graduate Cohort accepting their graduation certificates from David Parker, Chair, Clean Energy Regulator.
The 2020 Graduate Cohort accepting their graduation certificates from David Parker, Chair, Clean Energy Regulator.


During your graduate year, you will work in three areas of our agency. By working across business areas, you will develop a broad understanding of the agency’s work in the administration of climate change policies. The rotation structure also provides you with the opportunity to build networks across the agency and help you find the area you are passionate about working in. You will be able to preference your second and third rotations.

Organisational Support

During the course of the program, in addition to formal training, you will also receive individual support from buddies (former graduates), mentors and from the Graduate Coordinator to help you to settle in to the agency. As a graduate, you will also have the opportunity to be involved in social events across the agency as part of the agency's Social Club. Furthermore, the agency supports your growth through organising unique activities for you to gain wider exposure in the Australian Public Service.

Photo of the 2020 Clean Energy Regulator Graduates.
The 2020 Clean Energy Regulator Graduates.

Meet Dean Allen
Bachelor of Laws (Griffith University, Queensland)

Graduate of year 2019

When I think back to my experience joining the Clean Energy Regulator as an Indigenous graduate in 2019, it really helped pave my career path in exactly the direction I was looking for.

It’s fair to say I haven’t looked back since!

The program’s three rotations across the agency’s main business areas gave me a great insight into and technical knowledge of climate change legislation and policy - which is of great interest to me. The rotations allowed me to try out different work streams available in the agency following my graduate year, including regulation, intelligence, investigations, finance, risk management, economics and more.

Fast-forward to today, the thing I enjoy most is being a part of a highly engaged, knowledgeable and innovative workforce with a strong belief in the purpose of our agency - accelerating carbon abatement for Australia.

Meet Min Hong Bui
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Southern Cross University, New South Wales)

Graduate of year 2019

I was a graduate in the 2019 cohort.

I believe in the purpose of the Clean Energy Regulator and admire the efforts of all the people working here. I’m very glad to be able to contribute to the work of the agency which I believe is very important for the future development of Australia.

Despite being a relatively small size agency, the Clean Energy Regulator performs a wide range of functions in various areas, and as such requires diverse skill sets. Therefore, I do not think there is a limit in terms of work opportunities at the agency and would encourage graduates from all disciplines to apply. During my graduate year, I had the chance to work in legal, policy and then compliance and learnt so much from all those teams. Plus everyone was really nice!

Meet George Spyrou
Bachelor of Civil and Structural Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Finance (University of Adelaide, South Australia)

Graduate of year 2019

I knew I wanted to work in the renewables/emissions reduction space after finishing university. I decided to apply for the CER graduate program because it would provide me with a broad range of experience and set me up for the rest of my career as I would be exposed to work that could impact all of Australia.

I’ve enjoyed being part of the agency and found the work that it does to be well placed between engineering and economics. So, understanding the technical side of things as well as how the schemes are driven by economics can help. I love that I’m contributing to a cause I’m passionate about and feel like I am making a real difference. At the Clean Energy Regulator, our work covers projects across Australia and I really enjoy that ‘big picture’ aspect.

Meet Byron Herring
Bachelor of Science (majoring in Physical Geography and minoring in Spanish) (University of Wollongong, New South Wales)

Graduate of year 2019

The Clean Energy Regulator Graduate program has allowed me to work in a field I am passionate about while simultaneously teaching me broader skills and knowledge.

What I love about working for the agency is the versatility, culture and people. It’s fantastic to work with such a diverse, motivated and passionate group, all of whom are committed to the agencies’ goal of accelerating carbon abatement across Australia.

During my time in the graduate program, I was tasked with investigating cases of fraud in the compliance and enforcement section. I then, in a different rotation, used the skills I picked up at university to analyse environmental change in the Geographic Information System (GIS) team.

Meet George Pass
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (majoring in Renewable Energy Systems and Mechanics and Material Systems) (Australian National University, Australian Capital Territory)

Graduate of year 2019

Working in an area I’m passionate about gives meaning to my day. I’m proud to know that I’m working towards (albeit in very small steps) making the world a better place and working alongside like-minded colleagues, which makes for a rewarding job.

I was a graduate in the 2019 cohort where a typical workday would look very different depending on the team. In one of my rotations a work day may involve meetings, data analysis, review and summary of relevant articles and papers, to keep on top of any developments in the renewable energy sector and allowing us to provide insights to senior management, and working on various project based tasks. The Clean Energy Regulator has given me an opportunity to work in an area I’m passionate about.


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