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Graduate Development Program

Kickstart your career in the energy industry by becoming part of AEMO’s Graduate Development Program.

Our program attracts some of Australia’s brightest graduates, putting you on the frontline of the energy sector. You’ll be part of real projects and have real responsibilities in a unique program by one of Australia’s top 100 graduate employers (according to the Australian Financial Review).

Want a career in diverse environment that promotes innovation, problem-solving and collaborative ways of working? Apply now.

Why graduates want to join AEMO’s Graduate Development Program.

A step in the right direction

“The graduate program allowed me to do rotations over the course of the program, which provided a great insight about where you want your career to go. When joining the graduate program, I looked at this as a stepping stone, but I see myself at AEMO well into the future. The most exciting thing is how dynamic the industry is and that we get to overcome so many challenges.”

Rob Selbie (2016 Graduate cohort)

About you

Are you interested in solving some of the challenging issues transforming Australia’s energy sector? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of all Australians? Are you interested in new technologies, tools and innovation that can help solve these problems? If you answered yes, then this program is for you!

If you have a strong interest in Australia’s energy industry, as well as excellent communication skills, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, high levels of initiative and flexibility, and enjoy working in a collaborative environment with some of Australia’s sharpest minds, then we encourage you to apply for the AEMO Graduate Development Program.

Note: you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency to be eligible for our Graduate Development Program.

Study areas and qualifications

Applications are open to graduates who have recently completed their degrees or are due to do so, and have a GPA of 75% or higher in the following disciplines:

  • Engineering (Electrical - Power Systems/Chemical/Mechanical/Energy Systems and Renewables) with a focus on power systems and/or gas operations.
  • IT (Cyber Security/Engineers/Cloud/Digital/Architects) with an emphasis on application enhancement, software engineering and infrastructure to energy platforms.
  • Maths/Science with a focus on data science, analytics, analytical forecasting, statistical modelling and planning.
  • Economics/Econometrics including analysis of energy market trends, market design, supply and demand, market behaviour and regulatory policy.
  • Economics/Law including markets, regulatory policy and compliance.
What excites our graduates about working in the energy industry.

The place where everything comes together

“When coming out of university I knew that AEMO had a highly regarded Graduate Development Program, and as the nation’s independent system operator, I knew it would allow me to learn a lot more about the National Electricity Market. I have really enjoyed going into the control rooms. For me, it’s the place where everything comes together at AEMO. All that knowledge, expertise, and innovation eventually feeds into the control room at the end of the day. It’s the place where you see the assets and all the infrastructure working together like a big machine and I just think it’s fantastic!”

Jacqui Mills (2016 Graduate cohort)

What’s involved

AEMO Graduate Development Program is a three-year program, involving up to four structured nine-month rotations across the business. That means you will have the opportunity to guide your own career at AEMO, learning about the sectors you value most. Throughout your time at AEMO, you’ll also be supported by managers, mentors and buddies to ensure you’re learning from some of the best and brightest minds this industry has to offer.

The application process

AEMO’s application process is rigorous and tailored to understanding your skills, experience and interest.

  1. Complete application

    Applications are assessed based on the eligibility criteria detailed in the online application.

  2. Online testing

    If you are successful, you will be asked to complete online testing to ensure you have the necessary skills and knowledge.

  3. Interviews

    If you pass the requirements of online testing, we’ll request an interview to give us a better understanding of who you are. It also enables you to learn more about AEMO face-to-face (or over video).

  4. Assessment centre workshops

    These are structured workshops where you get to engage in interactive, problem-solving activities and learn more about the program.

  5. Pre-employment checks

    Following the assessment centre workshops, we run a background check to ensure you are suitable to be employed at AEMO.

  6. You’ve made the program!

    We’re excited to have you on board. Your letter of offer will cover all details for your terms of employment over the course of the contract.

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