Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Type of Organisation

Australian Government Department


Employer Profile

About us – what we do:

At the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) we strive to be bold,

be excellent and drive change. Our role is to provide fresh thinking and sound advice

to government.


Our expertise spans Indigenous affairs, social and women’s policy, economic and

international policy, defence, national security and everything in between. With such

diverse responsibilities, we can offer a large variety of opportunities.


Opportunities – what we offer our students:

At PM&C we believe that the journey is more important than the destination. Our

program empowers graduates to discover, grow and learn – to challenge yourself.


Working across PM&C gives you the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of the Government's priorities. You will gain experience developing and implementing government policy. The opportunity to work in our regional network will give you first-hand experience of government policies in action.


We provide an environment focused on working smarter. Through the rollout of Working Your Way across our offices, we work flexibly and collaboratively with great technology, tools and systems.


About the program:

• The program is based in Canberra and runs for 12 months.

• Rotations are completed at our national office and in our regional network.

• You will be provided on-the-job training, and structured learning and development.

• You will work on exciting projects and activities at the heart of government.


We are a workplace that respects and values diversity. We encourage applications from people with diverse experience and backgrounds including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people; mature age and people with a disability.


PM&C is proud to be a member of the Diversity Council of Australia, the Australian Network on Disability, and Pride in Diversity. We are also White Ribbon Accredited.


Locations where there are vacancies for graduates 



Residency requirements for Graduates wishing to apply

Australian Citizens Only


Roles available for Graduates 

As a member of the PM&C's graduate team, you will be supported through a maximum 4 work placements within 3 streams. Placements reflect the department’s priorities and where graduate skills and capabilities will be best used and developed.

Degree Subjects Required for Graduates wishing to apply

We welcome and encourage application from all degree types

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What do recent graduates say are the best things about working with us?

"Very smart and committed colleagues, interesting and important work, and fantastic exposure to a wide range of issues."



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