Graduate Academy

Join the Graduate Academy

City of Gold Coast is a high-performing, customer-focused organisation and one of the largest employers on the Gold Coast with over 4500 employees.

Our Graduate Academy is a 12-month early career development program. It offers university graduates a blend of structured professional training and hands-on involvement.

Working with industry leaders, you will experience real opportunities to grow, develop and progress, setting you on a path to reach your full potential.

We offer graduate opportunities in the following 5 streams:

  • Engineering – all disciplines
  • Planning
  • Digital and Data
  • Business and Management
  • Environment and Sustainability

Be part of the next gen of GC Shapers

Apply for the Graduate Academy

Why choose our Graduate Academy?

  • Opportunity to contribute to a range of projects and initiatives that shape and connect our city, making a direct and positive difference in our community.
  • Flexibility of learning, mentoring and networking opportunities as well as tailored training and work rotations
  • Work alongside future focused, creative, industry leaders and peers
  • Be part of a safe and respectful work environment, where you are empowered to share your talent and ideas
  • Assistance and support on your path to relevant accreditation
  • Promotion of work/life balance with flexible work and hybrid office/work from home options

Employee benefits

Access a range of benefits to support your professional development, health, safety and wellbeing:

Flexible work arrangements

Generous superannuation

Training and professional development

Nine-day fortnights

Access to over 350 fitness facilities via Fitness Passport


To be eligible for the Graduate Academy, you must have:

  • completed a degree-level qualification from a tertiary institution within the last 2 years
  • full working rights in Australia for the duration of the program.

Application process

Open registration

4 September – 3 October 2023

Selection process

4 October – 30 November 2023

Joining date

January 2024

For enquiries, please contact