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APS Graduate Development Program

The APS Graduate Development Program is offered by the Centre for Leadership and Learning. The program can also be tailored for delivery to a single agency, in state capital cities, or regional locations in Australia if minimal participant numbers exist.

Program details

Workshops and simulations are now being delivered flexibly, using a combination of individual self-directed activity, small team based activities, remote access to a GDP facilitator and assessor, and participation in online forums.  Graduates are also being supported to apply their learning in the workplace, including through coaching.

During the year, graduates participate in a series of workshops and simulated activities.  They complete an agency-based project and are provided with individual coaching.

Topics covered during our graduate development program include:

  • Administrative decision making
  • Planning and structuring work
  • APS ethics and values
  • Written and spoken communication in the APS
  • Stakeholder engagement and management
  • Policy development
  • Financial management
  • Change and resilience
  • Career development

The assessment activities of graduates against the Graduate Development Program curriculum can be used for articulation to:


Participants in the Graduate Development Program must have a graduate position within the APS. Graduates are enrolled in the program by their employing agency and complete the Program as a requirement of their graduate year. This Program is not open to non-graduate APS employees.


The fee for the 2020 APS Graduate Development Program is $9,900 per participant. 

2020 participating agencies

  • Australian Communications and Media Authority
  • Australian Public Service Commission
  • Clean Energy Regulator
  • Comcare
  • Commonwealth Ombudsman
  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Education, Skills and Employment
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Parliamentary Services
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Fair Work Ombudsman
  • National Disability Insurance Agency
  • National Library
  • Safe Work Australia


For further information or to discuss participation in the APS Graduate Development Program please contact the apscgdp [at] apsc.gov.au (subject: Graduate%20Development%20Program%20Enquiry) (Graduate Development Team)

Last reviewed: 
25 May 2020