Graduate programs

As Australia's largest Council, Brisbane City Council runs a one-year Graduate Pathway Development program for recent university graduates who have completed a degree-level qualification from a recognised tertiary institution within the last two years. 

We offer graduate opportunities in the following industries:

  • engineering (civil, mechanical, environmental)
  • business and data analytics
  • change management
  • human resources 
  • planning and environment
  • procurement/contract management
  • project management
  • finance and accounting
  • information and communications technology programming and development.

The program commences in January through to December yearly. It includes tailored training, networking opportunities, cohort camaraderie and work rotations to develop your area of study, as well as benefits that matter and generous employment conditions. 

Whilst you are developing of your skills and exploring different areas of interest, we provide a team dedicated to support you throughout the program. We offer work-life balance, weekly pay, flexible working arrangements, and an inclusive and diverse workplace culture. 

Council is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. The following groups are encouraged to apply for graduate programs:

  • young people
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
  • people with a disability or impairment
  • LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, intersex, queer).

How to apply

Council recruits for graduates around August-September each year.

View our current vacancies and employment program opportunities on Council’s careers page and stay connected by joining our talent community.

To apply for the graduate program, you must:

  • hold a recognised degree or postgraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution an Australian university which was completed within the last two years; or be completing a recognised degree or postgraduate degree from a tertiary institution and have graduated prior to the designated commencement date of the program
  • have a visa/work rights that allow this type of activity (if applicable).

Application requirements

When submitting a graduate program application, include:

  • you current resume
  • a cover letter that addresses:
    • why you are interested in a graduate program with Council and how your suited to it
    • any related subjects you studied at university
    • transferrable skills you've developed through work experience, or university/community/volunteer projects you've been involved with.

More information

For more information on graduate programs in Council:

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