Cadetship Program

What is the Cadetship?

The Cadetship provides graduates with a unique insight into the development of the NCC and the opportunity to develop skills relevant to the construction industry.

Applicants with good communication and research capabilities and strong team work skills are sought. Given the nature of the ABCB's work, applicants who have studied or worked in the following fields are encouraged to apply:

  • Building Certification/ Building Surveying;
  • Building/ Built Environment;
  • Construction Management;
  • Architecture;
  • Structural Engineering;
  • Energy Efficiency/ Sustainability; and
  • Plumbing or Hydraulic Design or associated field.

The ABCB Office is based in Canberra and the Program generally commences each February for a period of 12 months.

What does the program offer you?

The ABCB Cadetship Program allows candidates to work on projects that are intended to expand your knowledge and help develop real-world professional skills. You'll also have the opportunity to work in the Australian Public Service - an environment that you may not previously have had the opportunity to work in.

The Australian Public Service, or APS, offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Superannuation
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities
  • Annual leave
  • Relocation assistance, if moving to Canberra from interstate (capped at $5,000).

What is the salary?

The successful candidates receive a 12 month contract at the APS3 Level. The salary offered at this level is approximately $59,000 + superannuation. This salary is very competitive with other graduate positions on offer.

Who can apply?

Whether you are about to graduate with a building or plumbing related qualification or need to fulfil your course requirement to undertake 12 months work in industry, the Cadetship is a great opportunity to further your career. We also welcome applicants who have worked in building or construction and have practical industry experience. 

Note: In order to be considered for a Cadet position you must be an Australian Citizen, which is a requirement for all employees of the Australian Government. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please submit an enquiry

How are Cadets selected?

Applicants will be assessed on their written application, and may be selected for an interview. Following the interview process, nominated referees will be contacted. You will be notified about 4 weeks after the closing date as to whether you are to be interviewed or have been unsuccessful in obtaining a position on the Program. The number of Cadet positions offered will depend on the work program for the year and the quality of applicants, but there is generally two positions available.


Applicants must complete both the Selection Criteria and Application Cover Sheet in order to be considered for a position. Please ensure that you include a current version of your resume.

Once completed, applications can be submitted via email to or, alternatively mailed to:

Rebecca Hanrahan
Cadetship Manager
Australian Building Codes Board
GPO Box 2013
Canberra ACT 2601


Find out more information?

For more information, please submit an enquiry.

2018 ABCB Cadetship Position Profile and Selection Criteria

Outlines the position description and selection criteria information for the 2018 Cadetship Program. Read More

2018 ABCB Cadetship Application Cover Sheet

Must be submitted by candidates applying for the 2018 Cadetship Program. Read More