Who is PM&C?

At the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) we strive to be bold, be excellent and drive change. Our role is to provide fresh thinking and sound advice to government.

Our expertise spans Indigenous affairs, social and women’s policy, economic and international policy, defence, national security and everything in between. With such diverse responsibilities, we can offer a large variety of opportunities.We are a workplace that respects and values diversity. PM&C is a great place to work, and a place where great work is done.

‘There is something at PM&C for everyone—no matter what you have studied, where you have worked before, what you think you might like to pursue—because at PM&C there are so many interesting issues under one roof.’ – Iona, 2015 Graduate

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Key Facts


Government & Public Sector


All degrees available

Position Locations



Applications open 7:30am Monday March 25 2019 and close 11:30pm Sunday April 28 2019

Citizenship / Eligibility Requirements

Australian citizens ONLY

Additional Eligibility Information

To be eligible to apply you will need to:

• have completed a minimum 3 year undergraduate bachelor degree. All degrees must be complete by 31 December 2019 and recognised in Australia.

• be able to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance to a minimum of Baseline level

• be an Australian citizen or will be an Australian citizen by 30 June 2019. You will need to provide evidence to verify impending citizenship.


For more information on the PM&C Graduate Program please visit the PM&C Graduate Careers Page.  You can also email us at or call us on (02) 6271 6000.

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About us – what we do

At the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) we strive to be bold, be excellent and drive change. Our role is to provide fresh thinking and sound advice to government.

Our expertise spans Indigenous affairs, social and women’s policy, economic and international policy, defence, national security and everything in between. With such diverse responsibilities, we can offer a large variety of opportunities.

Opportunities – what we offer our students.

At PM&C we believe that the journey is more important than the destination. Our program empowers graduates to discover, learn and grow through diverse opportunities.

Working across PM&C gives you the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of the Government’s priorities. You will gain experience developing and implementing government policy. The opportunity to work in our regional network will give you first-hand experience of government policies in action.

We provide an environment focused on working smarter. Through the rollout of Working Your Way across our offices, we work flexibly and collaboratively with great technology, tools and systems.

About the program

  • The program is based in Canberra and runs for 18 months.
  • Rotations are completed at our national office and in our regional network.
  • You will be provided on-the-job training, and structured learning and development.
  • You will work on exciting projects and activities at the heart of government.

We are a workplace that respects and values diversity. We encourage applications from people with diverse experience and backgrounds including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people; mature age and people with a disability.

PM&C is proud to be a member of the Diversity Council of Australia, the Australian Network on Disability, and Pride in Diversity. We are also working towards White Ribbon accreditation.



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To be eligible to apply you will need to:

  • have completed at least a three-year undergraduate bachelor degree obtaining a credit average within the last eight years. All degrees must be complete by 31 December 2019 and be recognised in Australia.
  • be able to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance to a minimum of Baseline level
  • be an Australian citizen or will be an Australian citizen by 30 June 2019. You will need to provide evidence to verify impending citizenship.


To apply, submit an application through our Graduate Careers page. Applications open 7:30am Monday March 25 2019 and close 11:30pm Sunday April 28 2019


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Our focus on disability is on ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for people with both physical and mental conditions. As per the 2018 APS Employee Census, the Department has 7% of our total staff who have shared that they experience disability. PM&C has an active Disability Employee Network of around 80 members and is supported by the PM&C Disability Executive Champion. Alongside our Disability Employee Network, the department also participates in, and undertakes a number of initiatives which support staff. These include:

  • GradAccess – pathway for people with a disability into APS graduate programs,
  • NextStep Trainee Program – APS traineeship for people with disability,
  • Gold Member of the Australian Network on Disability’ and
  • Disability Action Plan (Draft-In consultation).

Disability employee network



RecruitAbility Scheme

In PM&C all roles are advertised under the RecruitAbility scheme. The RecruitAbility Scheme provides candidates with disability who opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements of an advertised role to be advanced to a further stage in the selection process (this is usually through to the interview stage).

As a major initiative of the As One – Australian Public Service Disability Employment Strategy developed by the APSC, RecruitAbility is a scheme which aims to attract and develop applicants with an identified disability and also facilitate cultural changes in selection panels and agency recruitment

Working your Way

PM&C is committed to understanding the needs of staff who have disabilities. The fit-out design in our offices for Working Your Way spaces is compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and has also applied the higher level NDIS design guidelines.

The Disability Employee Network and disability design experts were engaged to ensure the latest accessibility considerations were included in the design. Each staff member with a known disability is engaged pre and post move to ensure their needs are met. Typically this is in consultation with a physiotherapist/ergonomist.


PM&C has an active LGBTIQ+ Employee Network, supported by an LGBTIQ+ Executive Champion, which aims to support and promote a culture where all employees, including those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and/or queer + (LGBTIQ+ ), are able to participate and fulfil their potential in the workplace.  As per the 2019 APS Employee Census, PM&C has 6% of staff who chose to share that they identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and/or Intersex.

In March 2018, the department launched its Gender Affirmation and Transition Policy. The intent of this policy is to ensure that staff who transition while working at PM&C are supported by clear guidance about how the Department can assist them.

PM&C has also met the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender. The purpose of these guidelines is to introduce new protections and practices from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.  Our HR information systems have been updated to capture gender ‘X’ upon commencement.

The Department is a member of Pride In Diversity which is the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion specialising in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity. This membership includes participation in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), Australia’s national benchmarking instrument for LGBTI workplace inclusion.

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PM&C is committed to creating a safe and inclusive workplace, where staff from Culturally and Linguistically Backgrounds (CALD) backgrounds are supported in an department that embraces and values the cultural diversity. Our Secretary, Dr Martin Parkinson is a member of the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity and is supported in this role by PM&C CALD Champion who acts as Deputy champion in this forum.

This year, the Council has discussed research initiatives to boost understanding of barriers that limit the progression of people from CALD backgrounds to senior leadership positions, learning and development opportunities and public events to raise awareness of the barriers to progression for people from CALD backgrounds. Involvement in this forum supports efforts to develop and maintain the Australian Public Service as an organisation which are representative of the broader Australian population.

The CALD Employee Network in PM&C has around 150 members and celebrates diversity through:

  • Events and initiatives,
  • Providing information to the Department’s Senior Executive on ways to celebrate diversity and how to communicate CALD events and sensitivities to the Department,
  • Supporting Departmental language groups,
  • Providing mentoring and peer support for all CALD staff; and
  • Advertising existing services provided by the Department.

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PM&C is the premier agency for the Commonwealth Government and the lead Commonwealth Agency for Indigenous Affairs. As per the 2018 APS Employee Census, PM&C has 15% of our total staff identifying as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons with strong representation of Indigenous Senior Executive.

We have an active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Network (A&TSIEN) which is supported by and Indigenous Executive Champion. The A&TSIEN plays an important role in supporting the effective operations of the Department, in particular, informing the development and implementation of policies, programmes and initiatives relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and communities.

PM&C has set ambitious targets for a new ‘Stretch’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), with support from our Reconciliation Executive Champion, to embed reconciliation in our everyday business.

The department hosts NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week events each year to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements. We have also implemented the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols Guide, which was developed to assist all PM&C employees to work respectfully and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

PM&C offers an online Indigenous Cultural Competence program called Core. Core provides a significant foundation for appropriate communication with, and understanding of, Indigenous Australians. Although not mandatory, we encourage all Departmental employees to undertake this essential development, regardless of their level of engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.



PM&C has an active Women’s Employee Network of around 500 members and is supported by a Gender Executive Champion. The Women’s Network champions equal opportunity on behalf of our members and is an inclusive, volunteer-based organisation built by members for members.

As a Male Champions of Change (MCC) Organisation, MCC works with influential leaders to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality. It activates peer groups of influential male leaders, supports them to step up beside women, and drives the adoption of actions across private sector and government. Involvement in Male Champions of Change supports the department’s work towards gender equality and aligns with the strategic intent of the Balancing the Future: APS Gender Equality Strategy 2016-2019.

We are also a White Ribbon Accredited workplace, this is a whole of organisation commitment to stop violence against women.

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Clancy O’Donnell – 2017 PM&C Graduate Program participant

Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
University of Adelaide
Batchelor Law and International Studies

Graduated 2015

8.00am – I ride my bike through the city, across Lake Burley Griffin, past Old Parliament House to PM&C. After locking my bike up in the underground carpark, I iron my shirt, get changed and head up to the office.

8.30am – I scan the daily media for any coverage relevant to my area and send articles to my team on key policy developments in our policy area.

9am – I head downstairs to grab a coffee with a few colleagues. We chat about new policies and the latest news from around the country.

9.20am – I finish adding changes to a brief to the Prime Minister that I’ve been working on, print it out and discuss with two team members. We submit the brief to our Assistant Secretary and chase up some remaining data from another department to add to the brief attachments.

10.30am – I head off to an Interdepartmental Committee Meeting in Civic (Canberra’s CBD). Today’s meeting is about the engagement strategy for an Australian delegation visiting overseas.

12.00 – I head back to PM&C and write up a meeting summary for my area. We know that the relevant Minister will need further authority from the Prime Minister to make the policy changes necessary to execute the strategy, so I draft an email to that department and make a start on a letter from the Prime Minister.

12.30pm – I head over to the rose garden across from Old Parliament House and have a sandwich and an iced coffee with a few other PM&C graduates.

1pm – I race back to the office to see Dr Ken Henry speak about responses to the global financial crisis.

2.30pm – I prepare an outline for a brief for one of the Prime Minister’s upcoming interstate visits. We need input from a few other departments about the policy detail for announcements and meetings. I make some phone calls with other areas in PM&C to get the best departmental contacts and the most up-to-date information.

3.05pm – We receive an urgent request from the Prime Minister’s Office to prepare a new Question Time Brief on a set of projects the Prime Minister will be announcing. We make calls to other departments and collect information to insert into the brief. We upload the brief and take further instructions from Prime Minister’s Office to add more detail to the brief.

5.00pm – This morning’s Brief has come back for comment from our Assistant Secretary with final changes before it goes up to the Prime Minister’s Office. I make the changes and send up to the Deputy Secretary’s office for clearance.

5.35pm – I pack up my desk and get on my bike to head home for my 6.00pm gym class.


Kate Mitchell – 2017 PM&C Graduate Program participant
Nhulunbuy Regional Office
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
La Trobe University, Monash University
Bachelor of International Development, Master of Environmental Management and Sustainability
Graduated 2014, 2016

6:00 – Wake up and go for a walk (there’s a lookout not too far from my house that has an unreal view of the sunrise). It gets a bit hot to be active outside later in the day, so I like to get up and get moving early!

7:30 – Pack my bag – I’m heading out to visit a remote Indigenous community today, and I’ll need an overnight bag.

8:00 – Leave home and head into the office – I’ve been lent a 4WD to get around town while I’m here and the car is honestly bigger than my apartment in Canberra.

8:06 – Arrive at PM&C’s Nhulunbuy office (it’s amazing how quickly you can get used to a six minute commute!) I’ve got time to make myself a cup of tea and check my emails before we need to head off to the airport.

8:30 – My colleague and I drive out to the airport to jump in a plane. We’re flying out to community – in the Dry season you can drive, but it’s currently the Wet season and large stretches of the (unsealed) road are washed out or underwater, so flying is the only way.

10:00 – Arrive in community. The Government Engagement Coordinator (GEC) and Indigenous Engagement Officer (IEO) – community-based PM&C employees – have driven out to the airstrip to pick us up. We’ve got a busy day ahead of us, meeting with service providers and community leaders, so we head straight to our first appointment.

10:30 – Meeting at the Community Development Program (CDP) workshop. The Department funds this program, so it’s important for us to check in and see how everything is running. The CDP coordinator gives us a quick tour then we retreat to the office to discuss operational matters and contract variations.

12:00 – Lunch time! We swing by the community store to grab some bread to make sandwiches, and head back to the GEC’s office complex. After a quick lunch, we walk over to the local art centre to have a look around and say hello to some of the artists.

13:00 – Meeting with some local Elders in the GEC complex. Meetings like these are quite informal, but vital to the work PM&C does in community. Over tea and biscuits, the Elders express some of their concerns and discuss ideas with us on how we can improve our services. The IEO is crucial in these discussions, helping to translate parts of the conversation from Yolngu Matha. We don’t talk much during these meetings – it is important for us to build relationships with the Elders by listening and showing respect.

15:00 – Next, we head over to the local school. School attendance has been low this term due to the wet weather, but the Commonwealth-funded Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) team has been thinking of new ways to help kids get to school. The school principal is keen to check in with us and run some ideas past us.

16:00 – We head back to the GEC complex to consolidate our meeting notes and check in with our supervisor back in Nhulunbuy. Our supervisor has sent through some discussion points for us to take to a meeting with the local Indigenous Rangers tomorrow morning, and we go through them together over Skype.

17:00 – Work is done for the day. We get settled into our accommodation and then head to the GEC’s house for dinner. We’ve brought her some ingredients she can’t get hold of in community, and she’s cooking up a feast for us in return!