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Bring your fresh ideas, experiences and contemporary skills to a career within the public sector.

The South Australian public sector is committed to providing diverse opportunities for university graduates. We provide supportive environments, develop new skills, and kickstart your career delivering the work of the South Australian Government.


Graduate positions provide the opportunity to develop your skills while building valuable professional networks.

Opportunities are available across a variety of disciplines including IT, Cyber Security, Finance, Law, Health, Education, Human Resources, Work Health and Safety and Procurement.

As part of your graduate position in the public sector, you may undertake a Certificate III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma (dependant on which government department or agency you are placed in).

Hear more about being a public sector graduate from Jana Pickering in this short video.

  • All SA public sector employees are united in our purpose: Making a Difference so South Australia Thrives.
  • Our purpose highlights our genuine ability to make a positive difference to the community – including its social, economic, and environmental outcomes.
  • Our Public Sector Values help to shape our culture and keep us true to our shared vision. These include service, professionalism, trust, respect, collaboration and engagement, honesty and integrity, courage and tenacity, sustainability.
  • We are the state’s largest employer with more than 100,000 employees.
  • Our size enables us to offer a diverse and wide range of experiences and roles, creating the opportunity for a rich, varied and dynamic career.
  • We offer numerous opportunities to be part of SA’s growth sectors including cyber, space, clean energy and machine learning.
  • We invest in our people with ongoing professional learning opportunities including a dedicated leadership academy to help progress the careers of our future and current leaders.
  • Flexible working arrangements to encourage employees to find the right balance between work, life and other interests.
  • We are a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion for all employees and the community we support – including people living with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and LGBTIQA+.

To be eligible for a graduate position in the public sector, a candidate must:

  • Have attained a university qualification within the last three years or will attain one before their employment commences.
  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or have an appropriate work visa.
  • Have completed a qualification as per the requirement of the agency, which will specify the relevant discipline and whether post-graduate qualifications are considered.
  • Undertake a National Police Check or other appropriate background screening where required by an agency.
  • Undertake vocational qualification training requirements.
  • Uphold the Public Sector Values and adhere to the Code of Ethics for the South Australian public sector.

Head to the jobs board to browse current vacancies, or register here for job alerts to be the first to hear about relevant roles.

For more information on the public sector’s employment programs, visit the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment’s website.