Australian Bureau of Statistics

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The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency and an official source of independent, reliable information.

We tell the real story of Australia, its economy, and its people by bringing life and meaning to numbers.

We are also leading the Data Professional Stream to drive collaboration across the Australian Public Service to build data capability and develop a data capable APS workforce.

What We Offer at the ABS

Each year we seek graduates who have data, ICT and HR backgrounds along with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates.

Hear from some of our graduates.

A career with us offers you the opportunity to:

  • undertake work with real purpose in a dynamic, innovative and flexible work environment
  • apply and develop your expertise through a wide variety of challenging roles and learning and development opportunities
  • be part of a supportive team of trusted experts who are empowered and accountable
  • join a workplace culture that fosters inclusiveness, builds respect and capitalises on diversity
  • work at one of 10 office locations or in the field

We want to build teams with integrity, accountability, commitment to customer service, respect for diversity and a passion for innovation – to support us in informing Australia’s important decisions.

We are committed to championing the skills and qualities of all our staff and offer a range of learning and development opportunities and experiences.

Graduate Program

The 2023 Australian Government Graduate Program Data Stream

The Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP) Data Stream includes Australian Public Service (APS) and other Commonwealth agencies seeking to recruit graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in data.

We are leading this recruitment and last year we recruited over 200 Data Graduates for 22 agencies, including over 80 for the ABS.

Next year we expect to have more roles available, one application opens the door to multiple opportunities.

Register here to be advised when applications open.

The APS is the federal public service of the Commonwealth of Australia responsible for the public administration, public policy and public services of the departments and executive and statutory agencies of the Government of Australia.

Data Graduate roles support evidence-based, informed decision making, and work across all aspects of government such as policy development, program management and service delivery.

As a graduate in the APS and Commonwealth agencies you’ll do meaningful work from day one, be asked to contribute, be recognised for your perspective and see the impact you can make in the Australian community we serve.  We are looking for people who have a passion for data and want to use and hone their skills to build a better Australia and shape its broader place and role in the world.

The employment conditions in the APS make it a leading employer of choice, and include:

  • attractive salaries
  • generous superannuation entitlements
  • flexible work practices
  • excellent leave conditions
  • opportunities to move between agencies during your career
  • strong focus on learning and development
  • commitment to inclusion and diversity of our workforce.

Meet Our Grads

Hamish – Data Analyst

What does your typical workday look like?

I currently work as a statistical analyst in the team that collects and publishes data on the Consumer Price Index. I tend to liken my job role to that of a storyteller wherein I quality adjust and process data to draw out key stories which I then confront with external sources and present the key information to various internal stakeholders.

What sets the ABS apart from other graduate programs aka why did you apply with us over other companies/agencies?

Having studied economics and finance at university was quite interested in working somewhere where I could really delve into key economic data and understand how it is produced in the Australian context. After taking part in the 2020 program I learnt so much more about personal development, working in multi-disciplinary teams and leadership.

It also helped that the application process for the ABS was the first time that I had felt like an actual person when applying for graduate jobs!

What advice would you give yourself before starting as an ABS Grad?

Take advantage of as many of the optional aspects of the program as possible! They’re a great way to meet people from work areas outside of your team, meet senior leaders and give back to the organisation.

Meet France – Data Analyst

What does your typical workday look like?

Depending on the day and the project, it can look different. I’ll usually have a meeting or check-in with my team, have a quick skype chat with my supervisor (who’s in a different state to me), and work on my project. With such a huge work program like the Census, there’s always another milestone to aim for. We’ve been in preparation and learning mode the last 12 months, but it keeps evolving.

What sets the ABS apart from other graduate programs aka why did you apply with us over other companies/agencies?

Honestly, I applied for dozens of graduate programs. I’m glad I landed at the ABS though because I found the graduate program to be a fantastic experience. There are so many opportunities you get as a grad. Working on a meaningful graduate project, attending various seminars (even if they had to be virtual), and of course, getting to shadow senior executives. All these parts of the grad program gave me an incredible insight into how the organisation operates.

What advice would you give yourself before starting as an ABS Grad?

You’re only a grad once so stretch yourself and take every opportunity you can. Work hard but have fun. Make friends with your fellow grads because chances are, they’re a great bunch and will become a great network of colleagues and friends.

Meet Danielle – Data Analyst

What does your typical workday look like?

My typical day changes from week to week. I work on a variety of tasks and projects, but at the end of the day, these tasks all work towards improving the quality and accessibility of our data for our stakeholders and data users.

What sets the ABS apart from other graduate programs aka why did you apply with us over other companies/agencies?

From very early on, I found the ABS culture really appealing. All the people I spoke with were welcoming and friendly, and it extends throughout the organisation. It’s made such a difference to how much I look forward to work. I also found that the ABS gets their grads to work on real work from day one, facing real problems, working with real numbers and answering real questions from the beginning of the program, which also makes coming to work much more satisfying.

What advice would you give yourself before starting as an ABS Grad?

The ABS employs people from so many diverse backgrounds. Just because you aren’t a “data person”, doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you in the ABS. I would like to tell my past self that the skills I gained from my Arts degrees will be useful and will be valued in my job!

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