Robert Pocock, Graduate Trainee, Bachelor of Laws, Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
Robert McGregor
Graduate Trainee, Bachelor of Environmental Science
Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NTG Graduate Development Program

The Northern Territory Government (NTG) Graduate Development Program is a one or two year program that provides an entry point into the public service for recent university graduates.
The Graduate Development Program is designed to enhance the research, analytical and administrative skills that participants have gained at university; and provide an opportunity for graduates to broaden their knowledge and understanding of government operations.
Graduates will develop high level work skills by undertaking analysis and project work, graduates may also rotate to different business areas and regions within the agency.


  1. Applicants must:
    • be an Australian citizen
    • hold Australian permanent residence status
    • hold an appropriate working visa.
  2. Applicants must:
    • be currently completing an undergraduate degree and be eligible to graduate before commencing the program
    • have completed on undergraduate degree within the last three years upon application  
    • be able to produce documents confirming that the degree was attained an Australian-recognised university.

Salary conditions

$59,748 to $75,383 per annum, dependent on the length of the qualification and relevant work experience undertaken.


Applications for the NTG Graduate Development Program are advertised in approximately March of each year, with successful applicants commencing in January the following year.

Required documentation

At time of application, the following documents are required to be provided/submitted by the applicant: 

  • complete online application form
  • provide an up-to-date resume with two current referees
  • provide certified copies of academic transcripts from an Australian recognised university
  • if you are not an Australian Citizen, provide a current visa that grants you the right to be employed in Australia for the duration of the program

Register your interest!

If you are interested in the Graduate Program with the NTG, please provide the below details via email to
  • full name
  • contact number
  • email address
  • qualification you have completed or are due to complete
  • year in which you completed your qualification, or are due to complete your qualification
  • university you have attended, or currently attending.

Contact information

Employment Programs Unit
Department of Corporate and Information Services
GPO Box 2391, Darwin, NT, 0801

Phone: (08) 8999 4164