DPS Graduate Development Program

Join the Department of Parliamentary Services and contribute to the essential services supporting Australian Parliament House.

Our graduate program provides a unique experience of the diverse range of work we do, including ICT, library and research, Hansard, broadcasting, facilities management, security, project management, landscaping, catering and events, recreation and visitor services.

Graduates receive learning and development, on the job training and networking opportunities. You will get the opportunity to enhance your skills in your professional area and experience different types of work with rotations across the department.

Graduates complete a 12-month program based in Canberra. If you’re located interstate, you’ll be given relocation assistance to help fund your move to the Australian Capital Territory.

All Department of Parliamentary Services employees can access free parking, gym, pool and recreation facilities, and the Parliamentary Library.

Applications for the 2024 Graduate Program will open in June 2023. You can register your interest in the program on the DPS Careers Portal prior to applications opening, and we will notify you when more information is available.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must:

  • have completed in the last 3 years or complete before 31 December 2023 an undergraduate degree or higher, with at least a credit average.
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance to a minimum of Baseline level.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for graduates who:

  • are motivated to make a difference
  • thrive in a fast-paced environment 
  • can manage changing priorities 
  • are passionate about people and providing great customer service 
  • display a high level of integrity 
  • are respectful towards everyone

The department acknowledges the value of a diverse workforce and is committed to employing and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We value diversity of thought and experiences. Our graduates are from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and cultures. 

Meet our graduates to read more about their backgrounds, the work they do and what they love about the graduate program.


Our graduates are employed at the Parliamentary Service Level 3 (PSL3) classification and receive an annual salary of $70,110 + 15.4% superannuation.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are broad banded to the Parliamentary Service Level 4 (PSL4) classification.

Our values

We are a values-driven organisation, placing our values at the heart of everything we do; from our service offerings and decision-making to our interactions with stakeholders and each other. Our values are:

  • impartial
  • committed to service
  • accountable
  • respectful
  • ethical

Graduate selection process

The application process for the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) Graduate program consists of five stages. 

Stage 1: Application and Online testing 

Stage 2: Video Assessment 

Stage 3: Virtual assessment centre

Stage 4: Referee checks

Stage 5: Outcome

Successful candidates will be contacted by phone and email.

For further information please contact:

DPS Entry Level Programs Team
Department of Parliamentary Services