Generous remuneration and entitlements

Graduates will be paid at the APS3 classification, and receive a salary between $62,601 -$67,766, plus 15.4% superannuation. Upon successful completion of the program, you will advance to an APS4 classification, and you will receive a salary between $70,347 - $74,219 plus 15.4% superannuation.

Furthermore, as full-time ongoing Clean Energy Regulator employees, graduates are entitled to generous leave entitlements, including 20 days annual leave, 20 days paid personal/carer’s leave, public holidays and paid Christmas-shut down without you needing to use your leave entitlements. For more information, see the Clean Energy Regulator Enterprise Agreement 2019-2022.

Paid Relocation Expenses

The Clean Energy Regulator operates out of one national office in Canberra. Graduates who are relocating to Canberra from interstate will be provided assistance with their relocation. This includes payment for travelling to Canberra, a moving company to move your goods, and storage of your items. When you first arrive in Canberra, the Clean Energy Regulator will also organise and pay for up to 4 weeks of temporary accommodation.

Ongoing position after completion of the program

As outlined in the letter of offer, all of our Graduates are employed as permanent full-time employees. You will be required to satisfactorily meet your probation period which will be the duration of the program. After satisfactory completion of the 11-month Graduate Program, you will be placed into an ongoing position.

Training and career development

Throughout the Graduate Development Program, you will be provided with the necessary training and development required to be effective in your role and to provide you with the foundation and skills required to launch your APS career.

As a Clean Energy Regulator graduate, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Australian Public Service Graduate Development Program (APS GDP), run by the Australian Public Service Commission, alongside graduates from other Australian Public Service agencies and departments. This program includes comprehensive face-to-face training, networking opportunities, coaching sessions and assessment activities, as well as delivery of a major project. The APS GDP curriculum is equivalent to a 12-month course load for the following courses, and can be used for articulation to:

 Master of Public Administration, Australian National University

 Master of Public Policy, Australian National University

 Master of Public Administration, University of Canberra

 CPA Australia (reduction of one year for the practical CPA).

Completion of a major project

The Graduate Development Program includes a unique opportunity to complete and present a major project on an agency-identified topic. This project provides you with access to our Executive and business experts across the agency, as well as the opportunity to consult more widely with external stakeholders in the public and private sector. Past projects have gone on to inform changes and improvements within the agency.

Past Clean Energy Regulator graduates have been finalists and winners of the Major Project Outstanding Achievement Award and Major Project Digital Media Clip Award.

The 2018 Clean Energy Regulator Graduate Cohort with Deputy Australian Public Service Commissioner Ms Mary Wiley-Smith, receiving the 2018 Major Project Outstanding Achievement Award.


During your graduate year, you will work in three areas of our agency. By working across business areas, you will develop a broad understanding of the agency’s work in the administration of climate change policies. The rotation structure also provides you with the opportunity to build networks across the agency and help you find the area you are passionate about working in. You will be able to preference your second and third rotations.

Organisational Support

During the course of the program, in addition to formal training, you will also receive individual support from buddies (former graduates), mentors and from the Graduate Coordinator to help you to settle into the agency. As a graduate, you will also have the opportunity to be involved in social events across the agency as part of the agency's Social Club. Furthermore, the agency supports your growth through organising unique activities for you to gain wider exposure in the Australian Public Service.

The 2018 Graduate Cohort and 2018 Indigenous Trainee Cohort with the then Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP.

Meet previous Clean Energy Regulator Graduates and find out how you can apply.