National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Graduate Program

NDIA Graduate Program video transcript (DOCX 115KB)

About the Graduate Program

What does the Graduate Program offer?

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Graduate Program rewards you with the chance to contribute to Australia's largest social and economic reform since the introduction of Medicare. As an employee of the NDIA you will have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Agency in supporting a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians living with a significant and permanent disability.

Our 10-month graduate program runs from February 2018 to December 2018 and will provide graduates with exciting development opportunities such as:

  • participating in the Australian Public Service Commission's (APSC) Graduate Development Program
  • completing work placements allowing you to experience the diverse work undertaken by the Agency
  • developing excellent professional networks including the allocation of a Senior Executive Level Mentor
  • ongoing professional and career development
  • competitive remuneration and flexible working conditions that support a positive work-life balance.

Who are we looking for

We are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines. Regardless of what you have studied, you will be able to apply and expand on your skills through our graduate program.

We are looking for graduates who:

  • work collaboratively and professionally as part of diverse teams
  • are flexible, resilient and cope well with change and pressure
  • have the ability to plan, organise and achieve results
  • have excellent communication skills
  • are able to quickly learn new technology, processes and information.

To be an NDIA graduate, you do not need to have a specific degree. Our ideal graduates' discipline may include, but are not limited to:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Allied Health
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Communication
  • Human Resources
  • Actuarial/Statistics
  • Law.

We actively encourage applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Application and Assessment Process

Applications for our 2018 program will be open from 3 to 23 July2017.

To apply for our graduate program, go to our Careers Page to find the online application form. Read the selection criteria for the graduate program and then use the online application form to apply. The online form requires you to address the selection criteria and upload your resume.

After we have received your written application, selected candidates will be shortlisted and invited to complete online cognitive abilities testing. Those further shortlisted will be invited to attend a selection assessment, expected to take place in Melbourne and Sydney only in late August 2017.

The selection assessment centre is a relaxed atmosphere where you participate in a group activity, have a short interview and complete further online tests (Personal Values and Information Technology (IT)).

We anticipate to make employment offers throughout October 2017.

Why join the NDIA

The National Disability Insurance Agency is responsible for the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the most significant economic and social reform since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970s. This new approach to the provision of support to people with disabilities, their families and carers will ensure the economic, education and social participation of Australians with disability is maximised.

As an NDIA employee, you have the chance to assist in building a new APS agency. The NDIA is still growing and developing its own identity while developing new and innovative programs for our employees and the Australian community. You also have a unique opportunity to be involved in the NDIS roll out across Australia.

The NDIA has an amazing culture, driven by passion for the work we do and commitment to supporting people with disability to achieve greater independence.

Unlike other graduate programs, you truly have an opportunity to make a difference to society by:

  • supporting people with disability to have better access to personalised, high quality and innovative supports and services
  • recognizing that people living with disability deserve choice, control and a voice in determining which supports and services and community activities they need in their lives
  • maximising the independence and full participation of people with disability, their family and carers in our community.

Our people are pioneering the management and delivery of the NDIS.

We aim to be world leaders in accessibility and inclusion, the employment of people with disability and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


To be a part of the NDIA Graduate Program you must meet the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen at the time of application
  • have completed a minimum of an Australian recognised bachelor degree in the last two years (completed no earlier than January 2016 and no later than January 2018)
  • be able to provide evidence of your qualifications prior to commencement
  • complete pre-employment checks including a Police Records Check, Working with Children Check and/or health check.

Further information

Phone: 1300 286 318

We look forward to receiving your application!