Australian Government - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

To protect Australia's borders and foster lawful trade and travel.

Graduate program - what we can offer

Employment Conditions

Conditions of employment will be covered by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Enterprise Agreement 2011 - 2014 or its replacement as applicable.

Current conditions include:

  • a training salary range of $53,127 - $61,970;
  • generous employer superannuation contributions – 15.4%;
  • four weeks annual leave;
  • three weeks cumulative personal/carer’s leave; and
  • a range of family friendly practices including carers' rooms.

Graduates will be on probation for the duration of the program unless APS probation has already been served. All Graduates who are required to relocate permanently to Canberra as a result of an appointment to ACBPS are entitled to assistance with reasonable costs associated to their initial relocation.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Program, you will be assigned to a Customs Level 2 (APS 5 equivalent) position with a current commencement salary of $66,652 + 15.4% superannuation (as at March 2014) based in Canberra. Further salary advancement following completion of the program is based on individual performance and career aspirations.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

ACBPS views substance abuse in the workplace as an integrity matter and incompatible with the ethical standards expected of ACBPS officers as articulated by the APS Values and Code of Conduct. In line with the Customs Administration Act 1985, mandatory drug and alcohol testing occurs for ACBPS officers.

Program Rotations

During the program, Graduates will undertake three rotational work placements. The work placements give Graduates exposure to ACBPS operations and functions. Successful Graduates may undergo rotational placements in a specified Division or through different Divisions within the ACBPS.

All Graduates are based in Canberra for the duration of the 10 month program. The opportunity to complete a placement in a region will vary according to operational requirements.

To see what current and previous work placements have entailed please refer to the graduate profiles. 2011 Graduate Cohort










Additional training is delivered during the Graduate Program to support your entry into the Australian Public Service and ACBPS. The training covers a wide range of topics including:

  • ACBPS induction;
  • APS values and code of conduct;
  • cultural awareness and diversity;
  • government and parliamentary processes;
  • writing in the APS;
  • project management;
  • strategic thinking;
  • policy development;
  • communicating and working in teams;
  • influencing and representational skills;
  • self-awareness, performance management and coaching; and
  • an overview of ACBPS technical and operational topics.

Graduates have the opportunity to build on the skills they learn during training by undertaking a team research project.

At the end of the program, Graduates who have successfully met all requirements, including probation, will receive a nationally recognised qualification and a permanent position within ACBPS at the CL2 classification (APS 5 equivalent).

Mentor / Support Network

Each Graduate is allocated an SES mentor.  The mentor will:

  • act as a guide, advisor and counsellor to the Graduate Trainee at various stages throughout the program;
  • support the Graduate’s transition into line areas;
  • assist the Graduate to clarify their career expectations; and
  • provide constructive and encouraging feedback.

Relocation Assistance

Upon the successful applicant accepting an offer of employment, ACBPS will provide assistance for relocation to Canberra. This may include:

  • flights from your home port and your motor vehicle relocated to Canberra OR
  • a motor vehicle allowance for you to drive your car from your home port to Canberra;
  • relocation of your personal and household items;
  • short-term, temporary accommodation whilst settling in to Canberra; and
  • meals allowance whilst in short-term, temporary accommodation.