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Queensland Government Department of Energy and Public Works 2024 Graduate Program

For more information about the program, positions available and the application and selection processes view below or click here to download the PDF. To download the Applicant Guide click here.

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Note applications close January 7, 2024.


Queensland Government Department of Energy and Public Works 2024 Graduate Program

About the role

Salary range:         $71,151 - $78,951 per annum plus 12.75% employer superannuation contribution and 17.5% leave loading paid annually

Classification:        AO3 or equivalent Employment type Fixed term temporary, flexible full-time for a period of 12 months

Positions:              16 positions in Construction Management, Communications, Environment, Policy, Procurement and Project Management

Contact officer:     Temora Sharman, Senior Advisor Workforce Capability

Hours of Work:       36.25 hours per week

Closing date:          Sunday, 7 January 2024

Primary location:    All positions are Brisbane based; however, one Graduate Construction Manager position is based in Toowoomba.


Why join the EPW Graduate Program?

The Department of Energy and Public Works (EPW) Graduate Program is an exceptional initiative designed to empower graduates to effect positive change within Queensland communities, all while fostering a fulfilling career within the Queensland public sector. Over the course of 12 months, our comprehensive program offers a dynamic blend of hands-on experiences, alongside a diverse array of learning and developmental opportunities.

Successful candidates will have the chance to delve into various aspects of our division to enhance their understanding and bolster the operational strength of our department. Complementing the robust learning and development program, you will be provided with a support network, enabling you to connect with fellow graduates, collaborating on exciting initiatives, and contribute to the formulation and execution of pivotal government policies, projects, and programs.

To discover more about our department, we encourage you to explore further at the
Department of Energy and Public Works website. Join us as we pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future for Queensland and beyond.

We are recruiting 16 graduate positions:
• Communication Insights and Data Officer (1)
• Construction Manager (3)
• Environment Officer (1)
• Policy Officer (7)
• Project Manager (3)
• Procurement Officer (1)

We strongly encourage applicants from all life experiences and backgrounds to apply. Please tell us about any additional support or adjustments that will better enable you to shine during the recruitment process, such as interpreting services, physical requirements, or assistive technologies.

You will have
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• The ability to liaise and build relationships with different stakeholders with a customer’s first focus.
• Strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.
• Proven problem-solving skills, including the ability to research, analyse, interpret, and evaluate relevant information and data.
• A positive ‘can do’ attitude, willingness to learn and ability to put ideas into action.
• The ability to work autonomously when required.
• A commitment to a healthy and safe workplace and
• The ability to focus on achieving outcomes, be resilient, resourceful, agile, forward thinking and community minded.

Eligibility criteria
• You must have completed a university degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) from a recognised tertiary institution within the last 3 years. This means to be eligible for the 2024 cohort, you must have completed your bachelor’s degree (or higher) prior to commencing.
• If your qualification is from an overseas institution, you are responsible for obtaining official recognition (see You will be required to provide this as part of your submission.
• You must be an Australian Citizen or reside in Australia and have permission, under a law of the Commonwealth, to work in Australia.

Types of roles

Graduate Communication Insights and Data Officer
As a graduate communications insights and data officer, you will provide communication insights, research, and data analysis to the department. This role will give you the opportunity to contribute to a range of materials to identify trends to help inform communication, engagement, and marketing activities. The ideal candidate will have recently completed their relevant field of study in either Communications, Marketing, Business, Data Analytics, or Information Technology.

Key responsibilities:
• Undertake desktop research and identify current and emerging communication trends.
• Undertake audience profiling and behaviour analysis to understand the department’s key audiences.
• Provide feedback regarding communication channel usability, value, and benefit.
• Extract, analyse and simplify data to provide actionable insights and meaningful recommendations to inform communication and marketing activities.
• Analyse consumer behaviour data to gain user insights and identify opportunities to optimise the communication and engagement messaging.
• Develop data and insights dashboards to enhance strategic communication activities, evaluation, and reporting.

Graduate Construction Manager OR Graduate Project Manager
As a graduate construction manager or project manager, you will be involved in end-to-end project delivery and facilitation of the government’s building construction and maintenance activities of tomorrow by contributing to the delivery of new and innovative building infrastructure. These roles will give you the opportunity to work with leading industry professionals, learn critical on the job skills, whilst being provided professional learning and development opportunities to broaden your skillset and prospects for the future.

The ideal candidates will have recently completed their relevant field of study in either Construction Management, Project Management, Engineering, Architecture and/or Building disciplines. Over the duration of the graduate program, you will have the opportunity to work with multiple subject matter experts across functions such as:
• Project Management
• Contract Administration
• Procurement of Contractors and Consultants
• Project Delivery
• Project Administration

Key responsibilities
• Assist with the procurement and management activities throughout the full lifecycle of building construction projects and/or other projects relevant to the business unit.
• Support team members with activities to effectively manage and coordinate the delivery of capital works across a range of programs to achieve the client’s scope, timeframes, cost, cashflow, and quality requirements and targets.
• Prepare or assist in the development, coordination, implementation, monitoring and review of project monthly reports, project management plans, minutes, correspondence, and other tasks as required.
• Utilise appropriate monitoring and review systems to report on the progress and delivery of projects against time, quality, and cost indicators. Being capable of forming and articulating an independent view of project progress, cost position, risk, and quality outcomes.
• Follow defined service quality standards, occupational health and safety policies and procedures relating to the work being undertaken, to ensure high quality, safe services, and workplaces.

Graduate Environment Officer
As a graduate environment officer, you are required to have a basic understanding of state and local legislative frameworks. This includes a general understanding of Queensland’s environmental legislation and an ability to navigate local government planning schemes and policies. You will work cooperatively in a team environment with opportunity to enhance your skills in investigating and quantifying environmental risks and/or impacts associated with government projects.

Key responsibilities
• Environmental Planning: Conduct environmental due diligence by identifying environmental risks to ensure developments comply with relevant legislative requirements and environmental best practice.
• Environmental Management: Undertake environmental studies, assessments, and reviews to identify and recommend strategies to address potential environmental impacts of government projects.
• Procurement: Assist with preparation of Terms of Reference documents and procurement of external consultants in relation to environmental investigations, impact assessments, and management plans to support delivery of government projects.
• Review of Internal Policies and Procedures: Assist with the review of QBuild’s internal environmental management literature and framework under supervision of senior team members by gathering all relevant information and undertaking data analysis.

Graduate Human Resources Officer
As a graduate human resources officer, you will assist with providing advice and support services to management and staff across a full range of human resource matters including:
o HR legislation, procedures, and processes
o Workforce policy development and implementation
o Employee relations and
o Industrial relations.
Key responsibilities
• Rapidly acquire and maintain an operational knowledge of Queensland public service legislation, policies, procedures, and practices.
• Assist in developing and implementing HR strategies, policies, projects, initiatives, and processes.
• Provide advice on a range of employee relations, industrial relations and human resource issues.
• Provide advice relating to the department’s employment framework and the interpretation and application of relevant legislative and industrial instruments.
• Assist in the development, review and implementation of employee relations and human resources policies.
• Research and assist with preparing reports, submissions, briefing notes and correspondence on a range of human resource management issues.

Graduate Policy Officer
As a graduate policy officer, you will be responsible for researching, providing advice, and assisting with the development of policies, strategies and supporting guidelines across the Queensland government.

Key responsibilities
• Conduct research and analysis on policy initiatives to assist with developing solutions, proposals, and recommendations.
• Contribute to the development of policies, procedures, and guidelines.
• Contribute to the development of project management documents such as project plans and schedules.
• Prepare or contribute to the development of timely and well researched advice, submissions, reports, briefs, and correspondence.
• Manage shared mailboxes and queues to ensure prompt and professional responses to clients.
• Assist the team in managing events such as consultation sessions (both face-to-face and on-line) including setting up the sessions, assisting with the preparation of materials and taking minutes and/or notes.
• Actively participate as a member of the team, including advice to senior team members on any findings from relevant research.

Graduate Procurement Officer
As a graduate procurement officer in the Contract Solutions team, you will be responsible for assisting in providing procurement services that efficiently supports operations and aligns with the objectives of the Queensland Procurement Policy.
The Contract Solutions team provides a procure-2-pay service for IT contracts to the Technology and Digital Solutions Group (TDS) and its clients. This team is responsible for routine purchasing, tendering, 

contract management, vendor management and software licensing management. With a contract management portfolio of over 300 contracts valued over $200M, you will be learning procurement skills in an area of high demand.

Key responsibilities
• Provide operational and administrative support to the purchasing, procurement, contract, and vendor management functions.
• Assist with the full lifecycle of procurement activities from planning, sourcing/tendering, contract drafting, contract management and administration including purchase order and invoice processing, reporting and contract renewals/closure.
• Provide administrative support including managing contract and stakeholder meetings (such as scheduling, setting agendas, taking minutes) and ensuring high data quality captured in contract databases which is used to inform decisions, planning and reporting.
• Assist in stakeholder management by overseeing regular services meetings, shared mailboxes, and task queues to ensure prompt and professional responses to clients.
• Work alongside a range of subject-matter experts including solution architects, IT security advisors and legal counsel to deliver a leading standard of IT contracts, to underpin our department’s functions.


How you will be assessed
The department actively supports equity, diversity, respect, and inclusion in our workplace and is committed to creating a workforce that reflects the community we serve.

We are looking to find the person best suited for the role. You will be assessed on the experience, knowledge, skills, and capabilities that you can bring to the role, along with your personal qualities and your potential for development. If you identify as a First Nations person, a person with a disability or a person from a culturally and linguistically diverse background1 we encourage you to acknowledge this in your application and provide consent for this information to be considered as part of the recruitment process2.

Leadership competencies
In the Queensland public sector, it recognised that everyone is a leader regardless of classification level or position title and therefore leadership competencies are important for every role. To see the leadership competencies expected of this role refer to the Individual Contributor stream of the Leadership competencies for Queensland (LCQ) framework.

Pre-employment checks
Pre-employment checks will occur prior to any formal offer of employment being made. Checks will include:
• Referee check
• Criminal history check
• Serious discipline history declaration
• Proof of eligibility for appointment to the Queensland public sector
• Working with children (Blue Card, if relevant to the role)

• Proof that mandatory requirements have been met.

Further information
• Assessments of applications will commence as soon as applications are received, and graduate positions may be filled prior to the advertising closing date.
• Applications will remain current for a period of up to 12 months after the closing date of the vacancy and may be considered for other identical or similar vacancies which may be available on a full time or part time basis.
• Further information about EPW can be found in the accompanying “Applicant Guide”.


How to apply

You may select up to three graduate positions that you would like to apply for, that you feel would suit your passion and qualifications. The application process should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

1. Apply online via GradSift and create your profile. You will be prompted to add our Program Code which is 37469564.

2. Complete the following:

• Upload your current resume, including contact details of two referees who have supervised you within the past two years (for e.g., this might be work, university or volunteer work).

• Upload your academic transcript and any other tertiary qualifications you hold.

• Create a short 60 to 90 second video to introduce yourself. The video is a short introduction about yourself, what you’ve studied, one or two key achievements, what strengths do you bring to the role, and why you'd like a career with us. The details of how to record the video are explained under the support “?” icon.

• If you hold a visa, please upload your Visa Entitlement Verification Online check (VEVO check).

Note: Please do not use your university email address when setting up your profile, as this will no longer work after you have graduated. If you have overseas qualifications, you must have your qualifications recognised in Australia and upload this to your application.

Please contact if you are an applicant with a disability or from a linguistically/culturally diverse background and require any assistance to take part in the recruitment process.

Applicants who do not complete the above by the closing date will not be eligible to continue in the selection process.

For technical application support contact or (61 2) 8188 2516.