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Why work for the Australian Public Service?

Wherever you work in the Australian Public Service you will find opportunities to undertake a wide range of exciting and engaging work to make your contribution to Australian society. As one of Australia's largest employers, we offer:

  • Diverse, flexible and inclusive workplaces
  • Varied work across a range of fields, with learning opportunities and networking available for career development
  • Supportive working conditions, with attractive remuneration and employer superannuation contributions
  • An opportunity to apply your professional expertise and progress your career while contributing to the Australian community.

How is GradAccess different from agency graduate recruitment programs?

GradAccess is a centralised recruitment stream for people with disability into Australian Public Service graduate programs. If you apply though GradAccess, you will participate in a single recruitment process for the opportunity to gain a graduate job in a number of Australian Government agencies.

If an agency recruits you through GradAccess, you will participate in the same program as the graduates recruited through your agency’s direct graduate intake.

Who will I be employed by?

If you are successful you will commence with your employing agency in early 2019. You will participate in the same program as the graduates recruited through your agency’s direct graduate intake.

Can I still apply directly to individual agency graduate recruitment programs?

Yes! We encourage you to apply to the agency specific graduate recruitment streams of any APS agencies that you are interested in as well as applying through GradAccess.

Other APS agency graduate programs may also have a recruitment stream for people with disability or apply the RecruitAbility scheme.

Am I eligible?

This pathway is for university graduates who have disability. To be eligible for the 2019 intake, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Be a university graduate:
    • You must have completed qualifications equivalent to a three year Australian undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the last 5 years.
  • Have a disability:
    • If you are offered and accept a position you will be required to provide documented evidence of disability.
  • Be willing to relocate
    • Most graduate opportunities in 2019 will be located in Canberra. If you are successful, your employing agency can assist you with relocation costs.
  • Meet the conditions of engagement relevant to the employing agency.

Do I have a disability for the purposes of GradAccess?

Take a look at this page which outlines the definition of disability for recruitment and employment purposes in the APS.

What evidence of disability is required? When will I be required to provide evidence?

If you are offered and accept a position, you will need to provide evidence of your disability to your employing agency. The evidence of disability you provide does not need to include information about the type of disability.

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • Letter from a General Practitioner
  • Letter from a Disability Employment Services or jobactive provider
  • Letter from a tertiary institution disability services unit
  • Statutory declaration

I am having problems completing the application, what should I do?

If you have any difficulties or require an alternative method to complete the application please contact us.

Please note that late applications will not be accepted. Contact us before applications close if you are having any problems getting your application completed.

How else can I gain employment in the APS?


All vacancies in the Australian Public Service (APS) for a period of more than 18 months, including graduate opportunities, are advertised online at APSjobs. Vacancies can also be advertised on individual agency websites and jobseeker sites. The APS encourages people with disability to apply for any position.

If you meet the definition of disability you can apply for jobs advertised under the RecruitAbility scheme or the Affirmative measure – disability employment. For more information about these see:

Other graduate positions

APS Graduate Programs are advertised on the APSjobs Graduate Portal and agency websites.

Other APS agency graduate programs may also have a recruitment stream for people with disability or apply the RecruitAbility scheme.

Where can I get some guidance on writing my application?

Cracking the Code is a publication designed to help you understand the APS recruitment process. It may be of assistance to you when writing your application.

What if I have a question that isn't answered here?

If you have any questions or concerns during the process, please contact us.

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Last reviewed: 
6 June 2018