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 2020 Graduate Program applications for 2021 opened in March 2020.

2021 graduate program milestones

The following table provides some key dates for the 2021 program:



Applications close

3 May 2020

Assessment centres (various locations) July 2020

Formal offers made

August 2020

Graduates commence

8 February 2021

*Dates subject to change

Graduate rotations

Graduate rotations are designed to give graduates an understanding of the broad range of work undertaken by the ACCC and the AER. Each graduate will undertake rotations within the same location across at least two divisions.

To be in our graduate program

Here at the ACCC/AER, we have high expectations of our graduates. We create a challenging environment for our graduates to succeed in — will you rise to the challenge?

To be considered for the ACCC/AER 2021 Graduate Program, you will:

  • have an interest in industry regulation, competition policy and consumer protection
  • have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with all people
  • be conscientious
  • be resilient with the ability to adapt to a fast paced and ever changing work environment
  • be able to acquire new skills and an understanding of complex concepts quickly, and apply these to different situations
  • have excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • possess a minimum of a Bachelor degree* with all disciplines considered
  • have completed your most recent tertiary studies after February 2016
  • have a 65 per cent or higher grade average
  • be able to begin employment at the commencement of the program, Monday 8 February 2021, for an orientation program (potentially interstate)
  • be willing to undertake and pass a character clearance
  • not be serving a Commonwealth redundancy benefit period at the commencement of the program
  • be an Australian citizen.

*Qualifications from overseas universities must be recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR).

Working conditions

The ACCC/AER graduate program is highly regarded by our managers, senior executives, employees and our graduates. The program has many benefits including:

  • an intensive work program, including multiple rotations
  • challenging rotations throughout various Divisions of the organisation, with encouragement to step outside your comfort zone and try new things
  • ongoing learning and development opportunities to assist you with integrating into the ACCC/AER culture and honing specialist skills that are relevant to your work
  • flexible working conditions, including the ability to work part time (minimum 30 hours per week), so that you can continue studying, manage other commitments or just enjoy a little extra work-life balance
  • regular opportunities to network, socialise, share experiences and develop relationships with your graduate colleagues across the country
  • an entry level program coordinator and assigned buddy, both of whom are available to support you personally and professionally throughout the program
  • a competitive starting salary of $62,107, with advancement to the APS 5 classification with commensurate salary of $80,893 upon successful completion of the program
  • a workplace that embraces diversity, inclusion and equality.

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

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