Get work after you graduate

The graduate program is for one or two years and provides full-time employment for eligible university graduates.

You can apply for the graduate program if you:

  • completed an Australian degree less than three years ago or
  • will graduate before starting the program.

Salaries start at approximately $62,000 per year.

Some jobs may have special measures plans. This gives priority consideration to Aboriginal applicants if they meet the requirements of the role.

You can find out more about special measures on the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment website.

Who can apply

You can apply if you're a graduate in one of the following fields:

  • business
  • commerce
  • communications and design
  • criminology
  • data analytics
  • economics
  • engineering
  • finance and accounting
  • human resources
  • information technology
  • international development
  • land surveying
  • law
  • leadership
  • policy
  • psychology
  • public health administration
  • environmental science
  • social science
  • urban planning and development.

What skills you will get

Positions can range from administrative to fieldwork in a range of government departments throughout the Northern Territory.

You will gain skills such as:

  • database maintenance
  • communications
  • research
  • working with legislation
  • event coordination
  • project work.

How to apply

Applications are open between March and April each year. Graduates usually start in January the following year.

Apply on the Northern Territory Government's jobs website. Find the program details by searching for 'graduate'.

With your application, you must attach:

  • a cover letter explaining why you're interested in the program
  • your resume with two referees
  • your most recent Australian university results and a copy of your degree (if you have already graduated)
  • proof of an appropriate visa (if you're not a permanent resident or Australian citizen)
    • if you're on a student visa, you will need to provide details of any bridging or graduate visas that are pending
  • a declaration (if you're eligible under special measures).

Incomplete applications may not be accepted.

When you will start

Selections for the program occur between August and November.

If selected, you will start in January the following year.


Call 08 8999 4164 or email

Last updated: 22 February 2022

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