Cadetship Program

Applications for the 2017 Cadetship Program are now closed. Applications for 2018 will commence in March 2017.

What is the Cadetship?

The Cadetship is a unique program that provides candidates with on-the-job training in the ABCB Office, 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
  • Paid relocation costs, if are you 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 $57,000 + superannuation. This salary is very competitive with other graduate positions on offer. 

Who can apply?

Whether you are about to graduate from a building or construction related disciple or need to fulfil your course requirement to undertake 12 months work in industry, or are a graduate with a building or construction related qualification, 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 using the online enquiry form. 

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.


The ABCB will be seeking application for the 2018 Cadetship Program in March 2017. Check back then for more information!

Find out more information?

For more information, please submit an enquiry using the online enquiry form.