Each year hundreds of graduates join the Victorian public sector to start new careers — you can be one of them.

Graduates join us because of unparalleled opportunities. No other employer can offer the breadth of opportunities across a range of roles and industries, and across the state  — in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.

Once you join us, you’ll be encouraged to experience different departments, take up temporary roles, and tap into your leadership potential. Our ongoing personal development and training programs ensures your career keeps on moving. 

And apart from the attractive salaries and generous benefits, you'll receive one more important perk — you get a chance to contribute real change to improving the lives of Victorians. Read more reasons why you should work for Vic.

To get started, search for any advertised position or apply in advance for one of our well-regarded graduate programs.

Graduate programs

Our graduate programs provide all the structured support you need for a new career in the Victorian public sector.

You'll join a network of like-minded people and have access to professionals for ongoing mentoring and guidance. Some of the public sector’s brightest stars are alumni of our graduate programs.

All graduate programs are listed below. Please note that applications are only open during specific times of the year.

  • Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS)

    GRADS is a 12-month development program with three rotations in major departments and agencies. When you successfully complete this program, you’re guaranteed a job and a promotion. For more information, visit the GRADS website.


  • Aboriginal Pathway to the Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme

    The Aboriginal Pathway is part of the 12-month Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS) described above. This pathway includes cultural sensitivity, pastoral care and strong indigenous networking. For more information, visit the GRADS website.


  • Professional Services Graduate Program

    This 12-month program has rotations through Victoria's justice system. After successfully completing the program, you'll get an ongoing role in a justice related business unit. This program is offered by the Department of Justice and Regulation.


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Koori) Graduate Scheme

    This 12-month program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have completed their degree or are in the final year of studies. Opportunities include working on initiatives to connect and communicate with indigenous communities. This program is offered by the Department of Justice and Regulation.  


  • VicRoads Graduate Program

    The VicRoads Graduate Program is an 18-month program offering three 6-monthly rotations across different business areas. You''ll receive professional development, executive mentoring, relocation assistance, and opportunities to travel and work overseas. The program is offered by the VicRoads


  • Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) Graduate Program

    The VMIA Graduate Program is a 16-month program with four rotations within an insurance and risk management organisation. The program features professional development, mentoring, work-life balance options, and generous pay and leave. This program is offered by VMIA.


  • Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) Graduate Program

    The VAGO Graduate program is a structured 12-month learning and development program which leads to an ongoing full time position. Financial audit graduates will also get help joining professional accountancy bodies such as ICAA or CPA. This program is offered by VAGO.


  • Information Technology Graduate Program

    The Information Technology Program is a 12-month program leading to an ongoing full time position. You'll be involved in ICT support, advice and project work across state-wide operations. This program is offered by the Department of Justice and Regulation.


  • Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) Graduate program

    The LXRA Graduate program is a two-year program offering graduates hands-on experience on one of the most high profile infrastructure projects in Melbourne’s history. Graduates will be exposed to industry experts, formal training sessions and support from a professional mentor. This program is offered by the Level Crossing Removal Authority.


  • Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) Graduate Program

    The MMRA Graduate program is a two-year program including an 18-month structured learning and development program including multiple rotations, graduate learning services, understanding the network program and a career planning program. This program is offered by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority.


  • Cenitex Future Leaders Graduate Program

    This 12-month program offers development opportunities across a range of areas and includes work on major ITC projects and mentoring from Cenitex leaders. You'll work on real-world ITC projects that support the State Government’s commitment to a digital Victoria and better outcomes for the community. This program is offered by Cenitex.


  • Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO) Graduate Lawyer program

    The VGSO Graduate Lawyer Program is a 12-month program including three-month rotations across four of the five Branches of VGSO. Graduates will have access to continuing professional education, attend courts and tribunals, become involved in major commercial agreements and gain practical involvement with specialised areas of law. This program is offered by the Victorian Governments Solicitor’s Office.



"There aren't many places where you can be working on a policy issue one day, and see it in the news headlines the next."
Monika, GRADS alumni