Graduate opportunities

Kick-start your career and race ahead of the pack! Become an ACCC graduate. Our graduates enjoy working in a high profile agency where they can apply and expand their existing skills and knowledge.

Graduate program 2015

We will post further information about our graduate program, and whether the ACCC will run a program in 2015, on this page in May or June 2014. In the meantime, you can register your interest.

Work in an exciting and challenging environment

Our graduates enjoy applying and expanding their existing skills and knowledge to their work with us. They form an important part of a small, high-performing agency that is committed to promoting competition and consumer protection and fair trading in the Australian marketplace.

Our graduates also work with the Australian Energy Regulator. As a constituent part of the ACCC, the AER operates as a separate legal entity. As well as other duties, the AER is responsible for the economic regulation of the wholesale electricity market and gas transmission networks.

Graduate rotations

Graduate rotations are a key element of our program, with graduates taking part in three, 14-week rotations. They work in a range of areas to gain a broad understanding of the work of the ACCC and the AER. Graduates may undertake an interstate rotation as part of their training, which gives them the opportunity to work in another office, meet and learn from different staff and gain a greater understanding of the ACCC and the AER.

Our graduate program is professional and responsive. We focus on expanding our graduates' experience and developing their knowledge through on-the-job learning, a series of formal training events and other learning and development activities designed to meet their individual needs.

To be in our graduate program

Graduates must have completed a three year degree by the time the graduate program commences. Graduate areas of study could include, but are not limited to:

  • law
  • public policy
  • financial modelling
  • industrial economics
  • econometrics.

Our program focuses on providing graduates with a coherent combination of on-the-job learning and formal training. It is a major recruitment and training program that provides for individual needs and interests. Staff at all levels across the ACCC and in other agencies began their careers as ACCC graduates.

Working conditions

2014 graduates will receive:

  • a starting salary of $56 257 p.a.
  • four weeks annual leave
  • generous personal and long service leave
  • access to a Healthy Lifestyle Reimbursement scheme.

At the end of the graduate year, you may be advanced to an APS4 classification with a salary of $64 408 p.a.

The ACCC is committed to providing excellent working conditions designed to balance your personal and professional needs. More information is available in the ACCC Enterprise Agreement 2011–2014.

Graduate activities

Our program is structured so that graduates work in a range of areas and take part in diverse activities. As a graduate your work in the ACCC could involve:

  • analysing key market sectors assisting in assessing applications for collective bargaining, authorisations and notifications
  • the economic regulation of network infrastructure
  • investigating complaints from business or consumers about possible breaches of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

You may be involved in:

  • consumer liaison activities
  • product safety surveys
  • compliance research or
  • a wide range of activities in our Corporate Division.

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