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Graduate program

Start your career at the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).

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Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career?

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We're looking for innovative and future-focused graduates who value teamwork, are community minded and put customer safety first. You will have a true passion in your chosen field and a desire to contribute to enriching the lives of Queenslanders.

While working at TMR, you will develop critical technical skills through on-the-job project experiences. You will learn the role of Government and how our work benefits the people of Queensland. 

TMR is responsible for several major infrastructure projects across the Queensland network. Learn more about our current projects.

To be considered for our 2021 Graduate Program register your interest on the Queensland Government Graduate Portal. Application closing dates are dependant on the discipline you are applying for, please refer to the How do I apply section below.

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Top Graduate Employer 2020

Our graduate program has been listed as one of the Top 75 Graduate Employers in Australia. The Top Graduate Employers rankings are the definitive guide to the best places to work for new graduates entering the workforce.

The rankings are determined from data collected via the Australian Association of Graduate Employers annual Graduate Survey.

This list is created entirely from survey feedback gathered from real graduates who have spent up to 12 months working with us.

Disciplines we are recruiting for 2021

Applicants must have a degree relevant to the disciplines listed below.

  • Engineering (civil and electrical)
  • Environmental officer/engineer
  • Construction management
  • Surveyor 
  • Designer (civil) 
  • Spatial Science Officer (GIS)

The program

  • 2–year graduate program—starting early 2021
  • Competitive salary starting from $61,000
  • Connections to over 100 different career paths with tailored development and networking opportunities
  • Flexible workplaces and arrangements.

TMR is an inclusive organisation which embraces diversity of thought, culture, life experiences and people to ensure we reflect the communities we serve. We are committed to building an environment in which all our employees can feel valued, included and empowered to bring their different perspectives, beliefs, ideas and cultures in creating a workplace of innovation and opportunity.

At TMR, we want our workforce to reflect the community we serve and know we can achieve better results with a diverse and inclusive team. This program aims to redress the under-representation in these professions of women, persons with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons for whom English is not their first language and is an equal opportunity measure under Section 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991. Therefore, priority may be given to these applicants.

Location opportunities

Listen to the experiences of our regional graduates

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TMR has offices located across Queensland. Graduate engineering positions are available in: Barcaldine, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Cloncurry, Mackay, Maroochydore/ Sunshine Coast, Nerang, Rockhampton, Roma/Charleville, Toowoomba/Warwick and Townsville. Successful applicants may be required to relocate.

Incentives under the Rural and Remote Area Incentive Scheme may be applicable to eligible employees in the following rural and remote centres: Cloncurry, Barcaldine, Charleville and Roma. 

How do I apply

To apply you must register for the graduate talent pool on the Queensland Government Graduate Portal.

Applications for the following roles will close 11:59pm, Monday 19 October: 

  • Engineer (Civil) 
  • Engineer (Electrical)
  • Construction Management 

Applications for the following roles will close 11:59pm, Friday 30 October:

  • Spatial Science Officer (GIS) 
  • Surveyor 
  • Designer (Civil) 
  • Environmental Officer/Engineer

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency
  • Have completed their university qualification by December 2020 or have completed your relevant university qualification within the past 2 years (since December 2018)
  • Are willing to participate fully in the program including possible relocation to regional Queensland.

You can send enquiries about the program to tmr.graduates@tmr.qld.gov.au.

Last updated
13 November 2020

Entry pathways to TMR

Read about our upcoming entry pathways program (PDF, 1.7MB).