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Digital Transformation Agency

  • 100 - 500 employees

Digital Transformation Agency Graduate Programs & Internships

  • Government & Public Service

Are you looking to start your career in a diverse and progressive agency? 

Applications for the 2025 DTA Graduate Program are now open! Come join us and we will support you to develop your skills and build a rewarding career in the Australian Public Service. 

Who we are 

At the DTA, we offer interesting and challenging work at the forefront of the government’s digital policy agenda. We lead the development, delivery and monitoring of whole-of-government digital strategies, policies and standards. We are the government’s chief digital advisor, providing strategic and policy leadership on information and communications technology (ICT) investments and digital service delivery. 

What we offer you

  • a generous and attractive starting salary of $72,367 per annum, which will increase to $83,701 per annum on successful completion of the 10-month program
  • 15.4% superannuation on top of your salary
  • 2 work placements and the opportunity to explore your interests
  • exposure to a range of work to build your strengths, skills and capabilities
  • an inclusive and welcoming workplace where everyone is valued and supported
  • flexible and hybrid working arrangements, such as working from home
    arrangements, condensed fortnights, part-time work and more
  • generous leave entitlements to help you achieve life balance, including 4 weeks
    annual leave per year and 18 days personal leave per year
  • enrolment in the Australian Public Service Commission Graduate Development Program to build foundational skills, mindsets and networks to make a significant contribution to the Australian Public Service
  • a permanent job on successful completion of the 10-month program
  • a range of supportive mentoring and networking opportunities and events.

What we're looking for 

This program is for graduates who: 

  • are Australian citizens.
  • are willing to take part in pre-employment screening, including an Australian police check.
  • have or are willing to obtain a Baseline Security Clearance.
  • have completed a bachelor's degree or higher between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2024.
  • are passionate about making a difference to the Australian Community, with an interest in digital and policy.
  • have a positive attitude and a desire to learn have a growth mindset.
  • are collaborative, innovative, ambitious, and adaptable.
  • are located in or willing to relocate to Canberra for the duration of the program.

Graduate Development Program

As part of our 10-month program, you will also undertake the Australian Public Service Commission Graduate Development Program. This program will give you opportunities to learn what it takes to be a successful public servant, network with graduates from other agencies, hear from senior executive leaders and attend fun social events.  

Recruitment Process

Ready to apply?

Here is what you can expect from our four-step recruitment process. 

Step 1 - Application

Your online application is an opportunity to demonstrate your skills, experience and interest in government. To apply, you will need a:

  • current resume
  • academic transcript
  • one-page pitch

You’ll find information about us and our projects on our website, including recent news and blogs which are a great snapshot of what we do.


Your resume should be no more than 3 pages. Make sure your resume includes:

  • your name and contact details
  • your tertiary education, any additional training and any awards you’ve received
  • a summary of your work experience (including casual or voluntary work)
  • your career objectives and the skills you are hoping to build
  • a summary of your strengths and personal attributes.

Your academic transcript

If you have completed your university degree, you should attach a copy of your final transcript. If you are due to complete your degree by the end of 2024, you should provide a copy of your most recent transcript.


This is your opportunity to sell yourself. Compose your pitch in a separate document and check your spelling and grammar before you upload it to the application portal. Your pitch should:

  • be succinct and no longer than one page
  • demonstrate how your skills, experience and attributes make you the ideal candidate
  • outline how completing the Graduate Program will support your broader career goals and aspirations.

The best way to demonstrate your skills and capabilities in your pitch is to provide examples using the STAR method.
STAR stands for:

  • Situation: open with a brief description of the situation and context of the story (who, what, where, when, how)
  • Task: explain the task you had to complete highlighting any specific challenges or constraints (for example, deadlines, costs, other issues)
  • Action: describe the actions that you took to complete the task, these should highlight desirable traits without needing to state them (such as, initiative, leadership, or teamwork)
  • Result: describe the outcomes your actions achieved (such as, real facts and figures or positive feedback).

Step 2 - Workplace Alignment Assessment 

If you’re shortlisted, you’ll be invited to complete online assessments to see how your values align with the values of the Australian Public Service and the DTA. Once we send the link, you’ll have one week to complete the assessment. Candidates who make it through this assessment stage will proceed to an interview.

Step 3 - Interview

The interview assesses your non-technical skills, capabilities and suitability. At the interview, you will be asked several behavioural based questions. Behavioural questions allow you to demonstrate how you behaved in a specific personal or work situation.

To prepare for your interview:

  • read the Integrated Leadership System APS3 Profile
  • practice answering interview questions in line with the STAR method.

We all get nervous but if you’ve got this far you’ve already demonstrated your talent and drive. Now just make sure you’re prepared and give it your best shot.

If your interview goes well, you will be asked to provide the details of two people who can provide references. 

Step 4 - Formal Offer

If you're found suitable, you will receive a verbal preliminary offer or be placed in a merit pool. If you receive a verbal offer, we'll send a formal letter of offer on acceptance. 

Key Dates

4 March 2024: Applications open

7 April 2024: Applications close 

22 April: Successful candidates invited to complete online assessment. This will be sent via email and applicants will have 7 days to complete. 

6 May: Interviews commence for successful applicants. You will be contacted via phone or email.

June: Successful candidates receive an offer of employment. You will be contacted via phone or email.  

Remuneration & Career Growth

What’s in it for you

Competitive salary and benefits

All successful candidates start the Graduate Program on a salary of $66,853 plus 15.4% superannuation. If you successfully complete the program, you will advance to a higher salary at $74,932 per annum.

As a graduate you will be exposed to a diverse range of learning and development to build your strengths, skills and capabilities. You will have the opportunity to build your networks across the service and create a pathway to help you launch your career in the APS. 

Comprehensive learning and development

You will experience a tailored learning and development program that builds foundational skills, behaviours, mindsets and networks to help you make a significant contribution to the APS and propel you into a rewarding and challenging career. 

All graduates will complete:

  • placements across two different work areas.
  • tailored learning and development through the Graduate Development Program.

Relocation support

DTA encourages applications from graduate across Australia, but it’s important to note that you will need to relocate to Canberra if you’re successful. If you need to relocate, DTA will support you with the cost of moving. 

Diversity and inclusion

DTA is committed to diversity and inclusion, and genuinely values the benefits it brings to our workforce. We understand that diversity drives innovation, promotes understanding and leads to better outcomes for everyone. 

We have an active Diversity and Inclusion Network and Executive Diversity Champion. We are members and supporters of: 

  • Diversity Council Australia 
  • Australian Disability Network  
  • Pride in Diversity 
  • Welcome Here 
  • Racism. It Stops With Me 

Graduate Reviews

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What Graduates Say About Them
  • The small agency culture. Everyone is easily approachable regardless of role.
  • The people I work with are great! They all want to progress professionally and technically. Everyone is respectful of each other's ideas and everyone's voice is heard.
  • It is rewarding to work on projects that benefit the whole of the government. There are flexible working arrangements, and the ability to work remotely. Management is approachable and down-to-earth. There is a good work culture and the opportunity to join in social events.
  • The people I work with have been the best part of my experience, I have an incredibly supportive manager and assistant director, as well as a really positive and driven wider team.
  • Great people, purposeful work, flexible schedule.
  • There were difficulties in grasping new processes, particularly when this is the introduction to working in government.
  • Lack of clarity around the role I am in. Funding can be hard to come by and therefore the Tech Stack available isn't as new as what you might get elsewhere. Also, in my area management isn't technical and so it's hard to have your concerns heard and acted on.
  • Being a smaller agency, there are fewer projects to work on, and less technical roles available for people seeking those roles.
  • There is a disproportionate amount of pressure placed on high performing areas while some other areas are enabled to work under less expectations.
  • Can be Canberra-centric, but this is improving.

Jobs & Opportunities

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  • Canberra, ACT
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Graduate Success Stories

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Michaela Wong

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Michaela Wong

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The DTA Graduate Program provides significant opportunities for new public servants to gain insight into working in government.

Emmanuel Pineda

  • Graduate stories
The DTA Graduate Program provides significant opportunities for new public servants to gain insight into working in government.

Emmanuel Pineda

  • Graduate stories

Michaela Wong

  • Graduate stories

Michaela Wong

  • Graduate stories
The DTA Graduate Program provides significant opportunities for new public servants to gain insight into working in government.

Emmanuel Pineda

  • Graduate stories
The DTA Graduate Program provides significant opportunities for new public servants to gain insight into working in government.

Emmanuel Pineda