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Graduate program

Build a career and help shape Australia’s changing communications and media environment.

Applications for the 2022 graduate program are open.

About us

We regulate communications and media in Australia – rapidly changing sectors that are critical to our economy and our society. We respond to these changes and help protect the interests of all Australians.

Find out more about the ACMA and what we do.

Join our graduate program

As a graduate at the ACMA, what you do each day will impact the lives of almost every Australian.

Our work is diverse and dynamic. You may find yourself working in a team to investigate complaints about radio and TV programs, or investigating telcos who don’t do the right thing.

You could work to limit harmful gambling activities online, protect Australians from scams and spam, or help shape our future working in our spectrum areas.

We also work closely with the eSafety Commissioner, which could see you helping to safeguard Australians at risk from online harm.

Don’t fancy moving to Canberra? No problem! We also have office locations in Sydney and Melbourne.


Our graduate program is designed to introduce recent university graduates to the ACMA.

You’ll be immersed in meaningful work during your placements and receive training and support to develop your skills, knowledge and experience.

We offer:

  • an 11-month program
  • placements in 2 work areas
  • targeted training and development
  • offices in 3 locations – Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne
  • relocation assistance
  • an inclusive and flexible working environment
  • employee and professional networks
  • executive-level mentoring
  • a starting salary of $69,321 (APS4) with advancement to $78,785 (APS 5) upon completion
  • generous leave conditions and 15.4% superannuation contributions.

Australian Government Graduate Programs

The Australian Government offers graduates job opportunities across multiple disciplines.  

We are a participating agency in the Generalist, Data, Digital, Human Resources, Economist and STEM Australian Government Graduate Program streams.

Applying to one of these streams means you only have to go through the application and selection process once to be considered for a range of Australian Government agencies.  

Wherever you start your public service career as a graduate, you’ll do meaningful work from day one, be asked to contribute, be recognised for your perspective and see the impact you can make in the Australian community we serve.  

How to apply

Apply for the ACMA graduate program via the Australian Government Graduate Programs website.

Apply or find out more

Indigenous Graduate Pathway

Indigenous Graduate Program


We are participating in centralised recruitment through the Indigenous Graduate Pathway.

As an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander you will be able to complete one application and be considered for multiple agencies and departments within the Australian Public Service (APS).

Whether you start your career with us, or somewhere else in the APS, you will do meaningful work from day one.

Apply or find out more

Key dates

Graduate stream

Applications open

Applications close


9 March 2021

18 April 2021 (extended from 7 April 2021)


9 March 2021

12 April 2021


9 March 2021

11 April 2021

Human resources

9 March 2021

18 April 2021 (extended from 6 April 2021)


9 March 2021

26 April 2021


9 March 2021

12 April 2021

Indigenous Graduate Pathway

Open now

23 April 2021

The ACMA graduate program commences on Monday 7 February 2022.

Our previous graduates

Don’t just take our word for it … take a look at what our previous graduates think about the program.

More information

Got any questions, or want to discuss the graduate program in more detail? Contact the Graduate Program Team at

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