The AEC is at the heart of Australian democracy. The AEC Graduate Program is an approximate 12 month program that will provide you with access to many professional development opportunities and the chance to help design, develop and deliver policies, programs and services that impact upon all Australians.
Throughout the year you will gain valuable skills and experience through a comprehensive induction program and a series of placements across the AEC. On-the-job and specific public sector training, seminar events, and mentoring all form part of the program to expose you to life in the public service.
The AEC is a small to medium Commonwealth Government agency responsible for maintaining an impartial and independent electoral system for eligible voters through active electoral roll management, efficient delivery of polling services, and targeted education and public awareness programs. We do this by:
The AEC values and commitments are an essential component of our operating environment and frame how AEC staff work. The AEC's focus is on electoral integrity through the values of quality, agility and professionalism.
Our National Office is located in Canberra and our network spans across every state and territory.
The AEC has 3 Graduate Streams:
Awareness or experience in business analysis, IT security, cloud computing and/or mobile applications are desired (but not mandatory) as the AEC is constantly seeking to build emerging technologies into our business processes. There will be exciting opportunities to assist as we explore opportunities to innovate and modernise to meet the needs and expectations of our community.
Working at the AEC as an IT graduate will provide you with opportunities that range from assisting business areas in analysing and developing requirements, to using a wide variety of current and emerging technologies to support AEC outcomes.
Generalist graduates will have the chance to work across a broad spectrum of available placements within the AEC. Business areas in the AEC perform a range of tasks including project management, parliamentary submissions, election planning, policy and procedures development, communication strategies, education programs, advertising campaigns, market research, research and strategy around electoral policy and reform, data analysis, design and maintenance of electoral enrolment systems, creating election planning aids and training programs.
Working at the AEC as a HR graduate will provide you with opportunities to professionalise the AEC’s workforce. This may range from being involved in developing HR strategies, including policies and procedures, assisting in shaping the AEC future workforce through a variety of HR avenues such as recruitment and selection, industrial relations, payroll, workforce planning and workplace health and safety
The majority of our graduate positions are located in Canberra. Further opportunities may exist to be deployed on a short term placement to one of our interstate or regional offices.
Throughout the Graduate Program, graduates will have many development opportunities, including participation in:
To be eligible to apply the 2019 AEC Graduate Program applicants must, at the time of commencement:
Please note candidates applying for the IT stream must have a relevant degree.
|Stream||Examples of related disciplines|
|General||Accounting, Arts, Commerce, Communications, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, International Development, International Relations, Legal, Political Science, Project Management, Public & Government Management, Social Science, Statistics or other disciplines.|
|IT||Information Technology, IT infrastructure, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Network Engineering, IT Security, IT Project Management or a related field.|
|HR||Human Resources, Industrial Relations or related discipline.|
The AEC recognises the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the unique knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees bring to our workplace. We actively seek to increase Indigenous representation in the Australian Public Service and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
As the AEC is responsible for providing the Australian people with an independent electoral service, it is essential that all our employees are – and are seen to be – politically neutral.
The AEC has competitive employment conditions and pay as outlined in the AEC Enterprise Agreement 2016-19.
The AEC Graduate Program will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to underpin a future career within the AEC and the wider Australian Public Service.
When you have successfully completed the program, you will be placed in a role where you can apply the skills and knowledge developed over your graduate year.
Applications will be processed as quickly as practicable. We will acknowledge receipt of applications and notify everyone who applied regarding the outcome of the application.
The assessment and selection process includes:
You can read more about the APS recruitment process and get tips on the application process in Cracking the Code – How to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service.