Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

For graduates

About the program

Our Graduate Development Program provides recent university graduates with an extensive professional development program to enhance their leadership skills and personal and professional capabilities.

Applications for the 2019 intake will be advertised on the Smart jobs and careers website in the latter half of the year.

What we offer

During the 12-month program, graduates will gain competencies through their work placements in the department, and by participating in a variety of mandatory professional development activities. Graduates are also provided with a generous professional development budget for the term of the program, and for regional and remote graduates, all travel costs for training purposes are covered by the program.

A mentoring program will provide support from colleagues and peers and allow graduates to develop strong and lasting relationships which will help to consolidate learnings and assist graduates to adapt to employment within the Queensland Public Service.

Successful applicants will be on probation for the duration of the 12-month graduate program and will be appointed to a permanent position at a PO2 or AO3 level within the department at the end of the program.


"The graduate program has supported my graduate year to be one of discovery and assisting me in achieving my career potential. The program has particularly provided the opportunity to participate in a variety of development and training opportunities, which extended my knowledge with real application and further fuelled my passion to serve the Queensland community.

Personal highlights have included working across different business units in negotiated rotations, which provided me a greater awareness of service delivery across the department. I also particularly valued the opportunity to meet with other graduates and participate in specialised graduate opportunities, both within the department and, across government.

The ongoing fortnightly meetings with my mentor have also been an integral part of my support network and provided an independent person to discuss career development and work related issues with personal perspective."
Kellie Owen, Graduate Policy Officer, Legal Policy & Legislation (2017 Graduate Program Participant)