Graduate Program 2021

Applications for our 2021 graduate program are closed.
For more information and next steps, go to the Graduate Program web page.


Help create healthy, safe and productive working lives for all Australians

Become a graduate at Safe Work Australia—we’re a small agency with a big agenda. Located in the iconic Nishi building in Canberra, we develop national policy for work health and safety (WHS) and workers’ compensation in Australia. We are the collector and keeper of national WHS and workers’ compensation data and drive change to improve WHS and workers’ compensation outcomes.


Our graduate program

We’re a small agency, so you’ll get hands-on, practical experience, working in a variety of teams.

You'll contribute to meaningful work from day one and have the opportunity to make your mark. We’ll also support your learning and development with plenty of opportunities to refine and build on your skills.

Here are a few things we offer:

  • ongoing employment once you complete the graduate program
  • generous remuneration package and employment conditions
  • access to a range of health and wellbeing initiatives
  • high quality professional development activities
  • a mentoring program, and
  • relocation assistance if you live outside of Canberra.


Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for graduates who stand out from the crowd. We want talented and motivated graduates who have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, drive and the enthusiasm to learn and contribute to Australians’ health and safety at work.




Eligibility and application requirements

To be eligible to apply for the 2021 Graduate Program, you must be an Australia Citizen, and have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the last five years (or will complete your degree by January 2021) in any of the following (or related) disciplines:

  • public policy - we lead the development and improvement of national work health and safety policy and workers’ compensation arrangements
  • public health - we drive improvements in the health and safety of workers through national policies and strategies
  • law - we provide in-house legal advisory services on legislation and public policy, and
  • business and commerce - supporting the Agency through effective corporate services, human resources and communications


To apply, all you need to do is submit your current CV, contact details of two referees and a few short videos to help us get to know you better and why you want to be part of our graduate program. No written application or selection criteria required!

You will be asked to upload a short video response (maximum one minute) to each of the following questions:

  • Tell us about yourself and why you want to work for Safe Work Australia?
  • What is your greatest achievement or what are you most proud of?
  • What would you bring to your role in Safe Work Australia that would make you successful?


Please have all information, and files (including your video responses) ready for upload prior to beginning your application. We require the videos to be in .MP4 format and under 200 MBs in size.

Here are some tips to help reduce your video file size:

  • Lower your video recording settings to HD or FHD (1920x1080) at 30fps
  • Use a tripod or stable recording surface
  • Film in front of a plain coloured wall
  • Avoid wearing a highly patterned/striped top

Applications for our 2021 graduate program are closed.
For more information and next steps, go to the Graduate Program web page.


Help create healthy, safe and productive working lives for all Australians

Become a graduate at Safe Work Australia—we’re a small agency with a big agenda. Located in the iconic Nishi building in Canberra, we develop national policy for work health and safety (WHS) and workers’ compensation in Australia. We are the collector and keeper of national WHS and workers’ compensation data and drive change to improve WHS and workers’ compensation outcomes.


Our graduate program

We’re a small agency, so you’ll get hands-on, practical experience, working in a variety of teams.

You'll contribute to meaningful work from day one and have the opportunity to make your mark. We’ll also support your learning and development with plenty of opportunities to refine and build on your skills.

Here are a few things we offer:

  • ongoing employment once you complete the graduate program
  • generous remuneration package and employment conditions
  • access to a range of health and wellbeing initiatives
  • high quality professional development activities
  • a mentoring program, and
  • relocation assistance if you live outside of Canberra.


Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for graduates who stand out from the crowd. We want talented and motivated graduates who have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, drive and the enthusiasm to learn and contribute to Australians’ health and safety at work.




Eligibility and application requirements

To be eligible to apply for the 2021 Graduate Program, you must be an Australia Citizen, and have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the last five years (or will complete your degree by January 2021) in any of the following (or related) disciplines:

  • public policy - we lead the development and improvement of national work health and safety policy and workers’ compensation arrangements
  • public health - we drive improvements in the health and safety of workers through national policies and strategies
  • law - we provide in-house legal advisory services on legislation and public policy, and
  • business and commerce - supporting the Agency through effective corporate services, human resources and communications


To apply, all you need to do is submit your current CV, contact details of two referees and a few short videos to help us get to know you better and why you want to be part of our graduate program. No written application or selection criteria required!

You will be asked to upload a short video response (maximum one minute) to each of the following questions:

  • Tell us about yourself and why you want to work for Safe Work Australia?
  • What is your greatest achievement or what are you most proud of?
  • What would you bring to your role in Safe Work Australia that would make you successful?


Please have all information, and files (including your video responses) ready for upload prior to beginning your application. We require the videos to be in .MP4 format and under 200 MBs in size.

Here are some tips to help reduce your video file size:

  • Lower your video recording settings to HD or FHD (1920x1080) at 30fps
  • Use a tripod or stable recording surface
  • Film in front of a plain coloured wall
  • Avoid wearing a highly patterned/striped top
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