Entry level programs and pathways

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Shape Australia’s future

The National Archives is a participating agency in the Australian Government Graduate streams:

  • Generalist
  • Data
  • Digital
  • Human Resources, and
  • Indigenous.

Applying for these streams means you only have to go through the application and selection process once to be considered for a range of Australian Government agencies.

Wherever you start your public service career as a graduate, you’ll do meaningful work from day one, be asked to contribute, be recognised for your perspective and see the impact you can make in the Australian community we serve.

The National Archives offers a 10-month program where graduates will gain experience in a wide range of working environments. Due to the varied work of the National Archives, graduates could be placed in areas such as:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement
  • collection management
  • communications and marketing
  • conservation and preservation
  • cyber security
  • digital archives research
  • digital publishing
  • exhibitions
  • human resources
  • information technology
  • visitor services.

Our graduates will be provided with support, coaching and mentoring so you can make the most of your placement at the National Archives. We support our employees to pursue learning opportunities to further develop their capability and expertise.

View Our workplace to find out more about our agency, our structure, what we value and working at the National Archives.

What you will experience as a National Archives graduate

Our graduates are offered:

  • ongoing engagement as an APS4 on successful completion of the program
  • relocation assistance if you are moving from interstate to Canberra
  • access to support your continued professional and career development
  • flexible remote working conditions, and
  • attractive leave provisions and other benefits.

What do we look for in our graduates?

We are looking for graduates who are:

  • accountable – take responsibility for completing team tasks and are committed to achieving quality outcomes
  • achieving – take actions that lead to quantifiable improvements in processes or systems
  • agile – value specialist expertise and create an environment which facilitates sharing and effective use of professional knowledge and skills
  • collaborative – working with others to achieve objectives in the broader organisation
  • leading – understand and uphold the APS Values, Code of Conduct and Employment Principles
  • thinking – make sense of disparate information; predicting patterns and trends.


For further information on the eligibility requirements of the Graduate Program, go to the APS Jobs website.

How to apply

Head to the Australian Government Career Pathways website to find your preferred career path and start your application today.

Contact us

If you have any questions about working for the National Archives as a graduate, please contact hr.helpdesk@naa.gov.au.