2019 graduate program | ACMA

2019 graduate program

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The ACMA has exciting opportunities in our Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra offices for generalist and engineering graduates who complete their degrees by January 2019.

You’ll be able to access a diverse range of early career opportunities within engineering, research and corporate roles (law, HR, policy, finance), within an exciting and dynamic sector. This is a fantastic opportunity to shape a career that matches your talent, goals and interests working in a professional and highly-skilled workforce.

Shape your future in a fast-moving environment, in areas that matter

The ACMA is a government agency responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, radiocommunications, telecommunications and some online content.

As Australia’s sector regulator for communications and media, our purpose is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest.

Each day, we all use numerous different devices and tools—television, radio, the internet, mobiles, tablets, landline, VoIP, SMS, apps, blogging and social media—for communication, information and entertainment. As the regulator, we don’t control these services and we don’t provide them. But we do make sure they’re available, reliable, fair and safe.

So, we’re in the sky and under the sea—from protecting underwater communications cables to licensing the airwaves, we have broad and far-reaching responsibilities.

We work with government and industry to establish requirements for organisations who provide or supply these services, and monitor these regulations to make sure they benefit the public.

We also provide consumer safeguards, education and information to help all Australians understand and be consulted about changes to our rapidly evolving media and communications environment.

About the graduate program

In addition to an ongoing role on successful completion of your graduate year, the program offers significant learning and development opportunities. These include:

  • a comprehensive induction to the ACMA and the Australian Public Service (APS), as well as group orientation with your graduate cohort

  • three workplace rotations designed to broaden your understanding of the organisation and develop your capabilities

  • a positive support network of supervisors, mentoring by senior staff and guidance from a workplace buddy

  • participation in the 2019 Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) Graduate Development Program, which provides a range of professional and personal development opportunities

  • networking opportunities with graduates from other APS organisations. 

During workplace rotations, the type of work undertaken by the graduates includes research and analysis, preparation of reports and correspondence, and a range of enabling service activities and technical and regulatory work that contributes to a variety of ACMA initiatives to support strategic objectives.

APSC Graduate Development Program

This comprehensive interactive program forms part of the ACMA Graduate program. It’s designed to develop capabilities for working in the APS, an agency and within a team. The program includes face-to-face workshops, self-directed learning, individual coaching sessions and an individual and group assessment task including a major work-based project.

Who we’re looking for

We are looking for candidates from a broad range of backgrounds and academic disciplines. We welcome applicants with engineering degrees, as well as those with generalist qualifications such as law, economics, human resource management and finance.

We are interested in graduates with the following characteristics who will help us achieve our goals and foster our positive workplace culture:

  • strong academic results

  • critical thinking, research and problem-solving skills

  • future thinkers—you anticipate and adapt to new situations

  • responsive and collaborative—you make things happen and build on partnerships to succeed

  • effective and professional communicators and relationship builders

  • well-developed written skills

  • highly motivated and ability to take initiative.

We are committed to providing a supportive and respectful work environment that recognises, values and accommodates the diversity of its employees and is representative of the Australian community it serves.

Graduates from all disciplines can apply, including:

  • Bachelor of Arts

  • Bachelor of International Studies

  • Bachelor of Laws

  • Bachelor of Commerce

  • Bachelor of Sociology

  • Bachelor of Psychology

  • Bachelor of Politics and Policy

  • Master of Public Policy and Management

  • Bachelor of Communication

  • Bachelor of Information Systems

  • Bachelor of Information Technology

  • Bachelor of Accounting Finance

  • Bachelor of Business (majoring in HRM, finance or economics)

  • Bachelor of Marketing

  • Bachelor of Engineering (communications-related engineering).

Engineering stream

We are seeking motived graduates who have recently completed a communications-related engineering degree.

As a graduate in our engineering stream, you’ll gain exposure to a wide variety of work across the Spectrum Planning and Engineering Branch. This will provide you with a unique opportunity to support the technical planning for Australia’s radiofrequency spectrum, including policy and technical frameworks development, research and modelling analysis of radiocommunications and broadcasting systems, through to spectrum monitoring and identification of interference issues.

What we offer

  • Appointment as an APS3 with a starting salary of $64,050 per annum with advancement to APS4 at $66,629 per annum upon successful completion of the program.

  • Generous leave conditions and employer superannuation contributions.

  • Assistance with relocation costs upon commencement.

  • A diverse, inclusive and supportive workplace that develops our employees through ongoing training and development opportunities.

  • Flexible working hours.

  • Access to generous study assistance following completion of the program.

  • Opportunities to build valuable networks through participation in corporate events and social activities within the organisation.

  • Opportunities for domestic travel.

  • Opportunities for advancement upon successful completion of the program.

Graduate support

We realise that it may be daunting starting a new job and perhaps relocating to a new location. It’s important to us that your transition is as smooth as possible. We will warmly welcome you to our organisation and support you through:

  • a workplace buddy, who will show you the ropes, help you build your network and assist you with navigating your way around the organisation

  • your Human Resources (HR) Graduate Coordinator, who will be your primary contact for all program-related matters and will organise learning and development activities and rotations

  • your supervisors and team members, who will help you with your three rotations and in your day-to day-work.


The ACMA values and is committed to continuing to grow its diverse workforce of people with varying backgrounds, expertise and professional qualifications. The ACMA seeks applications from candidates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or age; and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, persons with disability, and people from culturally linguistic and diverse backgrounds.

To be eligible for the ACMA graduate program, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen at the time of application

  • have finished at least a bachelor degree by 31 December 2018, and your most recent degree must be no more than five years old on the date you lodge your application

  • have maintained a credit average throughout your undergraduate degree

  • be willing to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance

  • be prepared to relocate to the location of the job offer—Canberra, Melbourne or Sydney.

How to apply

Key dates

  • Applications open: 3 May 2018

  • Applications close: 31 May 2018

  • Graduate program begins: 4 February 2019

You'll be required to provide information to verify your eligibility to apply, as well as an 800 word statement outlining your skills, knowledge and experience against the selection criteria. You will also be asked to upload your resume and to provide a copy of your academic transcript.

The assessment process will include online assessments and attendance at an assessment centre for half a day in Canberra, Melbourne, or Sydney in late June/early July 2018. The ACMA will arrange return travel to assessment centres.

Offers will be made to successful candidates in September 2018. All unsuccessful candidates will be notified of the outcome and will be able to receive feedback on their assessment.

For further information please contact Horizon One on 02 6189 1044 or ACMAgrads@horizonone.com.au

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Last updated: 04 May 2018