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APS Graduate Development Program

The APS Graduate Development Program is offered by the Centre for Leadership and Learning. The program can also be tailored for delivery to a single agency, in state capital cities, or regional locations in Australia if minimal participant numbers exist.

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Program details

The Graduate Development Program is an integrated learning experience where graduates attend workshops during the year with much of the learning provided in their employing department or agency. Graduates are supported by self-directed learning and coaching in the workplace.

The program includes a major work-based project. This project runs for the duration of the Program and is discussed and monitored frequently. The project develops an understanding of the challenges of working across agencies, structuring work, team work, resilience, and managing stakeholders.

The Program includes:

  • Orientation
  • Face-to-face workshops
  • Self-directed learning
  • Coaching sessions
  • Simulation exercises
  • Major project
  • Support for agencies
  • Pastoral support for graduates
  • Graduation ceremony

The assessment activities of graduates against the Graduate Development Program curriculum can be used for articulation to:



Participants in the Graduate Development Program must have a graduate position within the APS. Graduates must be enrolled in the program by their employing agency and complete the Program as a requirement of their graduate year. This Program is not open to non-graduate APS employees.


Departments and agencies may contact the APSC for a proposal to deliver the Graduate Development Program to their graduates. The proposal includes options for delivery and agency-specific fee information.


The fee for the 2018 Graduate Development Program is $9,700 per participant


Departments and agencies who have participated in the GDP

  • Australian Communications and Media Authority
  • Australian Electoral Commission
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • Clean Energy Regulator
  • Comcare
  • Crimtrac /Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Parliamentary Services
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • National Disability Insurance Agency
  • National Library
  • Safe Work Australia

2018 schedule

Month Type Training
February Workshop Orientation Day
March Workshop APS Frameworks
March Workshop APS Decision Making
March Coaching Coaching Session 1
March/April Workshop Structuring Work
April Assessment Simulation 1 – APS Diversity and Values
April/May Assessment Group Meeting
May Workshop APS Briefing and Responding
May Workshop Influencing Up
June Workshop Building Relationships and Engagement
June Assessment Simulation 2 - Stakeholders and Communication
June Assessment Project Plan Due
June/July Assessment Group Meeting
July Assessment Simulation 3 – Developing policy
July Workshop Financial Management Introduction
July/August Coaching Coaching Session 2
August Assessment Simulation 4 - Change and Resilience
August Workshop Progressing your APS Career
August/September Assessment Group Meeting
October/November Coaching Coaching Session 3 - This session can be held any time up to the end of the following year
November Assessment Project Report and Media Clip Due
November Assessment Reflections
December Event Graduation ceremony


For further information or to request a proposal for your agency, please contact the apscgdp [at] apsc.gov.au (subject: Graduate%20Development%20Program%20Enquiry) (Graduate Development Team)

Last reviewed: 
21 September 2018