About Our Graduate Program


We are looking to recruit outstanding, highly motivated science graduates, who:

  • can develop into quality scientists;
  • possess good communication and interpersonal skills;
  • can make a positive contribution as a team player;
  • are flexible and adaptable;
  • have leadership potential; and
  • are committed to scientific excellence.

We also now employ ICT graduates via the Australian Government ICT Graduate Program. Our ICT graduates are integrated with the geoscience community and may be involved in business analysis, networking or software development in a scientific setting. Both our science and ICT graduates have the opportunity to work with the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) high performance computer.

Special Requirements

Geoscience Australia is covered by the Public Service Act 1999. The Act restricts the employment of non-Australian Citizens. Therefore, only Australian Citizens may apply.

To be considered for the 2017 science graduate program you must have, or be completing in 2016, a minimum of an Honours degree (or Masters or PhD) in an Earth science related discipline. ICT graduates require a minimum undergraduate ICT related degree.

Field work and some travel is a requirement of the program.

ICT graduates complete a post-graduate Diploma of Government with a strong ICT focus; receive membership to the Australian Computer Society; and network with other ICT graduates across government.

Program Structure

The key highlights of the graduate program are:

  • three rotations [PDF 178KB] [DOC 140KB] during the year in key priority areas across the organisation
  • fieldwork opportunities
  • a group project
  • day-to-day supervision provided by a specialist for each rotation
  • mentoring by a senior level manager
  • guidance and advice provided by Chief Scientist (science grads) and Chief Information Officer (ICT grads)
  • support provided by the Graduate Coordinator
  • 'buddy' system by the previous graduate cohort

Learning and Development

During the graduate program, you will undertake a variety of learning and development activities to broaden your professional skills and personal development.
Further study relevant to your field of work is encouraged once you have completed the graduate program. A number of our scientists have taken paid study leave to complete a PhD during their employment at Geoscience Australia.

How to apply

  • applications normally open at the end of February and close late April, refer to our vacancies page
  • apply via Geoscience Australia's eRecruitment system
  • when you apply you will be required to address selection criteria and upload the following documents:
    • curriculum vitae/resume
    • official transcript of results
    • details of two referees

When addressing the selection criteria, the Australian Public Service Commission's "Cracking the Code" may assist.

Relocation, Salary and Conditions

Your transition from study to a career can be challenging, especially with most of our graduates moving from interstate. We want to make the whole process as easy as possible for you. This is accomplished by providing:

  • a generous relocation package to cover your removal and travel costs to Canberra
  • your initial accommodation in Canberra to give you time to find a permanent place to live
  • a generous starting salary, plus an additional 15.4% superannuation (APS 4 level)
  • an APS5 level position on successful completion of the Graduate Program
  • access to generous leave and flexible work options - full details are included in our Enterprise Agreement.

If you have any questions about your application, the selection process and/or conditions of employment you may email graduate.recruitment@ga.gov.au or phone 02 6249 9111 and ask for the Graduate Coordinator.