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Australian Government ICT Apprenticeship Program

The Australian Government ICT Apprenticeship Program is for students who are currently completing their Year 12 Certificate, and people with a passion for ICT who are looking for a new and exciting career change.

As an ICT Apprentice you will work the equivalent of 4 days per week within an Australian Government agency, with the remainder of your time dedicated to completing a Certificate IV (2 years) or a Diploma (3 years) in one of the following:

  • IT general
  • IT testing
  • IT networking
  • IT programming
  • Software development
  • Systems analysis and design

Please note that some study fields are not available in all locations and selection is at agency discretion.

The course fees for your qualification will be paid by your agency, which means no out of pocket expenses! You will also be provided with paid study leave in order to attend your classes.

What will I do?

You will be employed at the APS1 level (or equivalent) in one of many exciting Australian Government agencies participating in the Program, across the country. Within your agency you will work as part of a team in one of the following ICT related areas:

ICT apprentice
  • infrastructure support
  • networking
  • programming
  • applications development
  • web development
  • systems testing
  • systems analysis and design
  • systems management
  • project management
  • service desk

How will I stay on track?

To help you succeed in your ICT Apprenticeship you will be provided with a large amount of support.

Your workplace supervisor will guide you in your day-to-day work, answer questions and provide you with advice. A dedicated career development and support officer will also assist with your academic and workplace progress, as well as act as an informal mentor and career coach.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in networking events where you can socialise with other apprentices in order to develop professional and social networks.

In addition, you will participate in training activities that will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a high performing Australian Government employee.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2015 Program are now closed. Applications for the 2016 program will open in July 2015.

At this stage we can confirm the following agencies will be on the Program:

  • Attorney-General's Department
  • Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Bureau of Meteorology (Melbourne)
  • Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Defence – Australian Signals Directorate
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Human Services (Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

Positions will be located in Canberra unless otherwise noted. This is a live list and more agencies may be added.

To apply you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen
  • have completed your Year 12 Certificate or equivalent by January 2015
  • be able to pass a security assessment
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