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Graduate program - how to apply

Key Dates*

Applications Open:

Thursday 3 April 2014

Applications Close:

11:30pm Sunday 4 May 2014

Telephone Interview:

12 - 14 May 2014

Online Ability Testing:

26 - 27 May 2014

Assessment Centre:

23 - 25 June 2014 (to be held In Canberra)

Preliminary Offers:

Mid July 2014


Monday 9 February 2015 (TBC)

*Please note key dates are subject to change at short notice, this page will be updated as appropriate.

Mandatory Requirements to Apply

To be considered for the Graduate Program at ACBPS, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen;
  • have recently completed a minimum of an undergraduate degree that is recognised in Australia; 
  • be a minimum age of 18 years;
  • agree to model the ACBPS values and behaviours;
  • obtain and maintain an Organisational Suitability Assessment (OSA);
  • obtain and maintain a security clearance to Negative Vetting Level 1 before the commencement of the Graduate Program; and
  • pass a pre-employment medical examination.

The Selection Process:

On-line Applications

Online applications for the 2015 graduate programme have closed.

Organisational Suitability Assessments (OSA) / Security clearance

ACBPS officers hold a position of trust and high level of integrity.  They must deal with highly sensitive information appropriately. As a result, all positions in ACBPS are security assessed positions and applicants must firstly undergo employment suitability screening through an Organisational Suitability Assessment (OSA) before being assessed as eligible and suitable.

OSA checks are processed within ACBPS. These checks determine whether or not there is anything in your background that might pose an unacceptable risk to the operational and security interests of ACBPS. If it is determined not to grant you a favourable OSA your application for employment with ACBPS will not progress further. OSA checks that are determined to be unfavourable are not subject to review or appeal.

The Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) processes security assessments. The security assessment includes background checks and you will be required to provide detailed personal information. This may include details of your employment and residence history, financial circumstances, any criminal charges and/or convictions (including traffic offences and spent convictions), any drug use and any overseas travel. You may also be required to provide this kind of information about your spouse, partner or de facto where applicable. You will also be asked to provide contact details for at least five referees. Your referees will be asked to answer probing questions about factors that will assist in the determination of your suitability to hold a security clearance.

This information is intended only as a guide. It is not a complete list of all the information required to obtain an appropriate security clearance.

For further information on the security assessment process please visit the AGVSA Website.

2015 Graduate Program commences

Successful applicants will be required to relocate to Canberra if they do not already live in the nation’s capital. It is anticipated that the 2015 Graduate program will commence on Monday 9 February 2015.