APVMA Graduate Development Program

Applications for the 2018 Graduate Development Program closed on 19 April 2017

The Graduate Development Program prepares graduates for a career as a future leader within the APVMA by exposing you to a broad range of our activities and a targeted training program.

Throughout the Graduate Development Program you will:

  • build on your degree
  • become part of a passionate and dedicated team, where we make and implement decisions for the safe and efficient distribution of agricultural and veterinary chemicals in Australia.
  • have a five-day industry tour where you will meet with key industry stakeholders
  • complete a Diploma in Project Management
  • attend training including communication skills, achieving results and promoting diversity
  • be mentored by senior staff
  • receive competitive remuneration, flexible working arrangements and conditions of employment.

The program has three diverse work rotations to equip you with the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career in the agency and the Australian Public Service, including one rotation within the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. On completion of the program, graduates can access ongoing training, development and career opportunities.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for graduates with a genuine interest in a career working with Australia’s best regulatory scientists and who want to contribute to the digital transformation of a prominent government regulator. You may be from a range of academic disciplines and related degrees in these fields:

  • Information Technology
  • Agricultural Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Mathematics
  • Life Science
  • Human Health
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Science.

Relocation from Canberra to Armidale

The government is developing a Centre of Agricultural Excellence at the University of New England to drive growth in agricultural productivity and deliver substantial economic benefits to regional Australia—noting that the APVMA will be part of that Centre of Excellence and will be relocating to Armidale in early to mid-2019.

It is expected that our graduates will relocate from Canberra to Armidale at the time of transition. Relocation Assistance for the move from Canberra to Armidale will be provided to all staff moving to Armidale. Further details are available in our Relocation Strategy as well as the Relocation policy which will be published on our website in the coming months.

What we offer

Our graduates are engaged as full-time, ongoing employees commencing at the APS3 level under the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Enterprise Agreement 2011–2014. On successful completion of the program, graduates will be assessed for advancement within the APVMA graduate band.

As part of the enterprise bargaining process the APVMA is now in the formal consideration period for its proposed EA and will go to a vote between 9–14 March 2017. The proposed agreement is available on our website APVMA proposed enterprise agreement 2017–20. We encourage you to review our existing and proposed Enterprise Agreements for further information.

In addition to an attractive salary and generous employer superannuation contributions, we also offer:

  • 7.21 hour standard working day
  • performance bonus
  • flexible working hours
  • 20 days of paid annual recreation leave
  • cumulative paid sick leave
  • a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Apply now

APVMA partners with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in the Graduate Development Program.

Applications for the program should be lodged through the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

Applications were open from 8 March and closed on 19 April 2017.


For more information about the APVMA Graduate Development Program contact the Recruitment Officer on 02 6210 4545 or recruitment@apvma.gov.au.

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