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Treasury Vacancy N.N. 10744603
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Closing date: Sunday, 31 March 2019
Job Title: ACCC/AER Graduate
Division: Various
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time, Part-time
Salary: $59,695 - $68,344
Location: Sydney - NSW; Canberra - ACT; Melbourne - VIC; Brisbane - QLD; Adelaide - SA; Perth - WA
Classification: Graduate APS
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: EA2019/1
Agency Website:

Job Description


Is the ACCC/AER Graduate Program on your wish list?

Congratulations! It’s time for you to start thinking about your career options for 2020 - you’re probably spending some time looking at all the major players in the APS graduate program market. Have you thought about working at the ACCC/AER?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority whose role is to enforce the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and a range of additional legislation, promoting competition, fair trading and regulating monopoly infrastructure for the benefit of all Australians.

As a constituent part of the ACCC, the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is staffed by ACCC employees, but operates as a separate legal entity and his its own board. As well as other duties, the AER is responsible for the economic regulation of the wholesale electricity market and gas transmission networks.

Our priorities are reflected in four key goals:

1. maintain and promote competition and remedy market failure
2. protect the interests and safety of consumers and support fair trading in markets
3. promote the economically efficient operation of, use of and investment in monopoly infrastructure
4. increase our engagement with the broad range of groups affected by what we do.

Why the ACCC and AER?

Our staffing numbers have grown across the organisation, which includes an increase in our need for graduates with diverse skills, experiences and opinions. The ACCC/AER is a great place to work because:

• we have a great reputation and we are highly regarded for the work we do;
• we have the opportunity to work on lots of different, exciting matters;
• we can see the difference we are making in the Australian community, particularly through high-profile matters such as Takata airbags, the NBN, electricity pricing, financial services, digital platforms, the dairy industry, criminal cartels, consumer data and more;
• we have a culture that encourages continuous development and diversity.

If you have qualifications in one of the following areas, we believe you could be a good fit within the ACCC/AER and we’d encourage you to apply:

• law;
• economics;
• business/commerce/finance/accounting;
• science/technology/engineering/mathematics;
• communications/media/marketing; or
• arts.

Why should you apply to join the ACCC/AER graduate program?

The ACCC/AER graduate program is highly regarded by our managers, senior executives, employees and our graduates themselves. The program has loads of benefits including:

• an intensive ten month program, comprising of three, fourteen week rotations;
• challenging rotations throughout various Divisions of the organisation, with encouragement to step outside your comfort zone and try new things;
• ongoing learning and development opportunities to assist you with integrating into the ACCC/AER culture and honing specialist skills that are relevant to your work;
• flexible working conditions, including the ability to work part-time (minimum 30 hours per week), so that you can continue studying, manage other commitments or just enjoy a little extra work-life balance;
• regular opportunities to network, socialise, share experiences and develop relationships with your graduate colleagues across the country;
• an entry level program coordinator and assigned buddy, both of whom are available to support you personally and professionally throughout the program;
• a competitive starting salary of $59,695, with advancement to $68,344 upon successful completion of the program; and
• a workplace that promotes diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity.

Want even more benefits?

In addition to the benefits of the graduate program, as an ongoing employee of the ACCC/AER you will also be eligible for:

• an attractive remuneration package, including a base salary + 15.4% superannuation and annual salary reviews;
• excellent leave benefits, including four weeks of annual leave and sick leave per year (pro-rated for part time employees), the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave and paid parental leave (after a qualifying period);
• flexible working conditions, including options to work part-time and access to our flex scheme; and
• ongoing career development, including chances to work in different ACCC/AER offices, opportunities for advancement and mobility within the organisation, formal and on-the job training programs and possibilities to participate in secondments with other APS agencies.

How can you get involved?

We thought you’d never ask! Applications for our 2020 graduate program are now open. To find out more information about the ACCC/AER Graduate Program, our eligibility criteria and what we expect from our graduates, please go to and download our 2020 Graduate Program candidate kit.The candidate kit will also provide you with information about the recruitment and selection process for the 2020 program.

Applications close 10pm (AEST) Sunday 31 March 2019. Assessment centres will take place between mid-May and mid-June, with offers made to successful applicants in late-June and July.

Know someone who might be interested in a spot in our 2020 Graduate Program? Share this link with them – you never know, you might make their career!


The ACCC/AER will be running an information session for Economics Graduates on Wednesday 13th March 2019 from 12 – 1pm (AEDST) at our offices in Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Sydney. This session will be facilitated by one of our Principal Economists and an Analyst who was a part of the 2017 ACCC/AER Graduate Program.
If you are studying economics, interested in learning more about how you can apply your economics degree to the work of the ACCC/AER and would like to register your interest in attending the session, please register using the link before COB Thursday 7 March 2019. Please note places will be limited.

To Apply

Position Contact:, (02) 6243 1011
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS08-Fri - 15 Feb 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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