Graduate Academy

Join the Graduate Academy

We have appointed our 2024 cohort of talented graduates to join our team. We are excited to welcome them onboard and look forward to their valuable contributions to our city.

In the second half of 2024, we will be opening applications for the next Graduate Academy intake. We encourage you to stay updated for when our graduate positions become available by registering with our City’s recruitment system.

Register now

City of Gold Coast is a high-performing, customer-focused organisation and one of the largest employers on the Gold Coast with over 5000 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

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.

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