Hugh Bond standing in front of a book shelfHugh Bond | Graduate Trainee - Bachelor of Law | Department of the
     Attorney-General and Justice

​Make your degree work for you... and take your career to the next level!

The Northern Territory Public Sector (NTPS) Graduate Development Program is aimed at developing the skills, experience, knowledge and abilities of graduates to the level of competence required for management positions.

Graduates are employed in a one or two year program combining
on-the-job training with professional and personal development opportunities. Graduates may be rotated throughout their employing agency, working on various tasks and projects.


To be eligible for the NTPS Graduate Development Program, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, hold Australian permanent resident status or visa outlining your working conditions;
  • Be currently completing an undergraduate degree in one of the specified disciplines (as determined by the Agencies) and be eligible to graduate by the end of the year before commencing the program; or
  • Have completed a minimum of 3 year undergraduate degree within the last 3 years in one of the specified disciplines; and
  • Must have completed the undergraduate degree of the specified discipline at an Australian recognised university.

Salary and conditions

The commencing salary of a graduate is dependent on the length of degree and relevant work experience undertaken, and can vary from $56 869 to $64 405 per annum. NTPS employees are entitled to six weeks annual leave and flexible work arrangements can be negotiated.


Joining the NTPS as part of the program will enable you to:

  • build on academic success and enhance your interpersonal and communication skills;
  • expand your professional goals and work on challenging projects; and
  • build personal and professional networks while enhancing your understanding of government processes.

Advertising and recruitment

Advertising for graduates occurs once a year and is published in the NT News and online at:

Once advertised, the applicant must submit their details online including:

  • Northern Territory Public Sector Graduate Development Application Form and response to the selection criteria;
  • Up-to-date resume including two (2) current referees;
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts from an Australian recognised university;
  • Certified copy of your visa outlining your working conditions (if applicable).

Only applications submitted in full will be accepted.

More information will become available closer to the intake period.

If you are interested in a Graduate Trainee position with the NTG, please email the following details to 

  • Full name
  • Contact number
  • Email address
  • Postcode
  • Qualification you have completed or are due to complete
  • The Year in which you completed your qualification or are due to complete your qualification
  • University you attended or are attending

Once you register your interest, the Employment Programs Unit (EPU) will provide you with recruitment details and application opening dates.

More information

Employment Programs Unit
Department of Corporate and Information Services
GPO Box 2391
Darwin NT 0801
t: (08) 8999 4164
f: (08) 8999 3755