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APS Graduate Development Program

The APS Graduate Development Program is offered by the APS 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:

  • 13 days of face-to-face workshops
  • self-directed learning
  • three individual coaching sessions (two coaching sessions to be held in the Graduate year and third session can be held at any time up to the end of following year)
  • assessment of simulation exercises
  • a major work-based project
  • guide for on-the-job learning activities for graduates and managers
  • MBTI assessment
  • pastoral support for graduates and regular feedback and advice to agency graduate program coordinators
  • Graduate 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 2017 Graduate Development Program is $9,166 per participant (for training groups of 20 participants). Fees decrease as cohort sizes increase.

Note: You are not required to provide a group of 20 graduates. The APSC will assign cohorts based on overall program numbers.

There is an option for this program to be delivered in-agency (if numbers permit). This changes the fees associated with the program. Talk to the GDP Program Manager about possible options

Department and agency participants in 2017

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

2017 schedule

Month Type Training
Feb Workshop Orientation Day
Feb Workshop Structuring Work
Feb Workshop APS Frameworks
March Workshop APS Decision making
March Assessment Simulation 1 – APS Diversity, APS Values and Code of Conduct
April Workshop Building relationships and Engagement
April Workshop Influencing up
May Assessment Simulation 2 – Stakeholders and communication
May Workshop Financial management - introduction
May-June Coaching Coaching session 1
June Workshop APS Briefing and responding to decision makers
June Assessment Simulation 3 – Developing policy
July Assessment Simulation 4 – Change and Resilience
July-Aug Coaching Coaching session 2
Aug Workshop Progressing your APS Career
Sept-Oct Coaching Coaching session 3* (can be held at any time
up to the end of the following year)
Nov Assessment Reflections
Dec Event Graduation ceremony


For further information or to request a proposal for your agency, please contact the Graduate Development Program team.