Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We know there is a lot of information to take in and you might have some questions. We’ve put together some of the more frequently asked questions for you here. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Entry Programs Team via

We are looking for a range of skills that include:

  • the ability to build relationships
  • personal drive and integrity
  • the ability to communicate effectively
  • the ability to deliver on outcomes.

We want graduates who are problem solvers, innovative thinkers and committed to making a difference.

Our graduates undertake a variety of roles during their program. These can range from Intelligence Support Officers or Human Resources Support Officers to Technical Support Officers, among other potential rotations.

Our agency differs from a traditional law enforcement career because we work with our partners to provide mission critical intelligence to combat the threats Australia faces from transnational serious and organised crime, a problem that costs Australia up to $60 billion per year.

Our integrated view of crime is made possible through our connected systems and unique capabilities that we use to coordinate decision making with state and territory, Commonwealth and international partners to confront the threats we face. This supports 75,000 frontline officers in crime prevention and day to day operations with access to policing systems, thousands of intelligence reports and millions of background checks.

We accept people from all different backgrounds but some degrees may be more applicable to certain streams:

  • Corporate stream – degrees in policy, human resources, finance and accounting, legal, communications and media, and project management.
  • Technical stream – degrees in data science, data analytics, cyber security, engineering and programming.
  • Intelligence stream – degrees in criminal justice, criminology, international relations, national security, and social science.

Our graduate placements are primarily based in Canberra with the possibility of positions being offered in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney. We also provide relocation assistance if you are required to move interstate.

We are accepting applications from university students who are set to finish their course in 2023, or those who have graduated within the last 3 years. You must also be an Australian citizen to apply for the program.

If you don’t think you quite meet all of the qualifications, we’d still love to hear from you. Contact the Entry Programs Team via

You can apply for the 2025 Graduate Program online. Applications will open 1 March 2024.

We recommend you take some time to draft your answers before you start the application process. Applications will close 28 April 2024.

There is also some helpful information on the process on our apply for a job page.

We work very closely with our partners which may require ACIC staff to work in the field. This may include working within our human source program or conducting examinations, as well as within partner agencies on a secondment.

Many of our international partners face similar transnational and serious and organised crime threats to Australia, and multiagency collaboration is key to combatting them. These joint projects may require an ACIC staff member to work within organisations in a location of high priority on either long or short-term deployments overseas.

The ACIC Graduate Program offers a combination of on-the-job training through rotations and formal learning, giving recruits a well-rounded understanding of our agency and its functions. This can help tailor your career focus at the ACIC.