IT Digital Career Starter Program

IT Digital Career Starter Program

About the program

The IT Digital Career Starter Program provides an opportunity for candidates to commence their Australian Public Service (APS) career with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s Information and Intelligence System Division.

Our 12-month program will provide you with an opportunity to develop your professional skills and launch your IT career in a diverse workplace culture and supportive agency. The program offers a number of benefits including:

  • various rotations that will expose you to a variety of different capabilities within the technical areas of the agency
  • a comprehensive development program aligned to your role, including a mix of on-the-job and formal learning
  • the opportunity to undertake additional vocational learning and complete an ICT qualification for a career pathway in network engineering or infrastructure related roles, software engineering, testing or project management.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online through our recruitment portal. Your application should include:

  • a short response or pitch of no more than 600 words outlining your skills, knowledge and experience relevant to this role
  • your resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • details of 2 referees.

Your response or pitch is an opportunity to tell us why you are the right candidate for the role, why you want to work for us, and what you would contribute to the agency. When preparing your response, consider the job specific requirements outlined in the ‘About the role’ and ‘Our ideal candidate’ section of this pack, as well as the ACIC Capability Framework.

The APS work level standards accommodate the diversity of roles across the APS and are structured to clearly differentiate between responsibilities and duties at each classification level. As a guide when developing your response, an explanation of the difference in capabilities required at each APS level can be found on the Australian Public Service Commission's website.


  • Under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS, unless the agency head has agreed otherwise, in writing.
  • The Australian community expects ACIC employees to maintain the highest levels of security and integrity. Successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain, or continue to hold, the required security clearance for this role. All ACIC employees are required to hold a minimum Negative Vetting 1 security clearance, unless otherwise specified.
  • All candidates must satisfy an Organisational Suitability Assessment (OSA) prior to being offered employment at the ACIC. This requires the applicant to undergo character and background screening, and participate in a psychological assessment. Please refer to our Character Standards for further information.
  • To be eligible to work at the ACIC, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Being fully vaccinated ensures the health and safety of all employees, and the Australian community. Satisfactory proof of vaccination status will be required before you are able to commence employment with the ACIC.

Key dates

The following dates are approximate and subject to change:



Applications open

1 September 2023

Applications close

24 September 2023

Psychometric testing

October 2023

Assessment centres

October to November 2023

Employment screening

November to December 2023

Offers of employment

December 2023

Commencement of program

Early 2024