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.

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.

How to apply

ACCC/AER 2019 Graduate Program applications for 2020 will open in February 2019.

2020 graduate program milestones

The following table provides some key dates for the 2020 program:



Applications close

31 March 2019

Assessment centres (various locations) end of May - early June 2019

Formal offers made

June/July 2019

Graduates commence

February 2020

*Dates subject to change

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

Graduates will receive:

  • a starting salary of $59,695 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 $68,344 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 2016-2019.

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.

More information

Our past graduates

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