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09 September 2020

Benefits as a Clean Energy Regulator Graduate

Generous remuneration and entitlements

Graduates will be paid at the APS3 classification and receive a salary between $63,853 - $69,121 plus 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, you will advance to an APS4 classification, and you will receive a salary between $71,754 - $75,703 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.

The 2019 Graduate Cohort accepting their graduation Certificates from David Parker
The 2019 Graduate Cohort accepting their graduation certificates from David Parker.


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.

The 2018 Clean Energy Regulator graduates, and indigenous trainees, posing for a photo with Minister for the Environment and Energy, Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
The 2018 Graduate Cohort and 2018 Indigenous Trainee Cohort with the then Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP.

Meet previous Clean Energy Regulator Graduates.

Meet Melissa
Bachelor of Science Environmental and Marine Science, Honours Marine Science (University of Western Australia)

If you’re reading this and are perhaps a bit unsure if the Clean Energy Regulator Graduate Program is for you, I strongly encourage you to click apply because my experience with the program has been so rewarding in so many ways. Everything from the support in moving to Canberra, the exposure to unique learning opportunities and the experience of the staff at the agency have contributed to what has been a great experience. However, I think the best thing about the program is knowing that my work as a graduate is contributing to a cause that I feel personally invested in, accelerating carbon abatement for Australia.

The structure of the program is designed to help you further your career in every possible way. The rotations provide you with the skills to adapt to new situations and hone your ability to work with a range of people. The Graduate Development Program Major Project allows you to work on a solution to a topic and come up with tangible solutions while gaining exposure to senior executives and external stakeholders. You are also provided with an invaluable source of support from your mentor and former graduate buddy, who are there right from the beginning.

Equally, those who are applying from interstate and feel that Canberra isn’t going to be your place, think again. It’s such a great city with so many benefits that I believe has something for everyone. Great cafes, scenic hikes/bike rides, amazing galleries, local breweries, unique shops and the option of the coast or mountains two hours in either direction.

To sum up, my time as a Clean Energy Regulator Graduate has been educational, diverse, challenging and a lot of fun and I am so glad that I clicked that apply button.


Meet Michelle – 2018 Graduate
Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Human Resource Management) (University of Technology Sydney)

Starting my journey

I joined the Clean Energy Regulator in 2018 as part of the Graduate Development Program. It was a challenging and enriching experience overall and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity.

The agency is so supportive – as a graduate you get unique opportunities and exposure to all sections of the agency. Through the rotation system, I was able to work in three different sections: Program Development, Legal Services and Employee Relations and Policy.

Furthermore, the agency provides you with many learning and development opportunities. One example is the agency enrolling graduates into a wider graduate development course run by the Australian Public Service Commission which is open to graduates across the Australian Public Service (APS). It’s a great program for those starting out in the APS, and a unique opportunity to meet graduates from different federal government departments and agencies.

As part of our graduate year, we also worked on a major project with the help of our Project Sponsor and Project Advisor. The work we do is recognised and valued by the agency and leads to real organisational change.

Where I am now

In 2020, two years after completing the Graduate Program, I have remained at the agency and have been fortunate enough to have been afforded numerous opportunities for ongoing growth and development. I have stayed with the Employee Relations and Policy team (which was my third rotation during the Graduate Program) and, I am currently working as a Senior Employee Relations, Legislation and Policy Adviser.

Our work is underpinned by our purpose to accelerate carbon abatement for Australia, which is incredibly meaningful and I take satisfaction in knowing it is for a bigger cause. To me, the agency was certainly the best place to begin my career in the Australian Public Service.


Meet Rebecca
Master of Environmental Science, Environmental Management (University of Western Australia)

During my time as a graduate with the Clean Energy Regulator, I was given the opportunity to experience a diverse range of roles across the Agency and the schemes it administers. I thoroughly enjoyed the three rotations during my graduate year – the first with the GIS team in the Market Intelligence and Client Support section, the second with the Auctions and Contracts section, and the third with the Investigations section in the Compliance Division.

Since joining the Agency, I have never been short of opportunity to test my skills and gain experience across the different business areas. The highlights for me this year include coordinating and hosting an internal workshop on the rollout of spatial mapping tools and functions to staff, developing an internal report with recommendations to improve the Agency’s contract management process, and working in the compliance division where I investigated potential criminal contraventions to the Renewable Energy (Electricity) (REE) Act and REE Regulations.

Outside of the graduate program, I had the good fortune of being an executive member of the Agency’s Social Club, which I encourage all new graduates to be a part of! The Social Club committee is an amazing way to build on a network of colleagues and friends, express creativity and innovation, contribute to the Agency’s culture, and just do something different from the norm.

This year has been nothing but exciting, tiring, rewarding and challenging – but overall it’s truly been a great start to my career in the Australian Public Service!

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