Cadetship Program

Applications for the 2022 Cadetship Program are now open.

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;
  • Mechanical 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.

Why work for us?

Located in Canberra, the ABCB is a joint initiative of all levels of government in Australia, together with the building and plumbing industries. Our mission is to oversee issues relating to safety and health; amenity and accessibility, and sustainability in design, construction, performance and liveablity of new buildings throughout Australia.

We are a credible and influential organisation, with a mindset and capabilities that engage with and educate our stakeholders on a diverse range of contemporary issues. We have an agile workforce, possessing leading edge technical knowledge. Coupled with a high performing workplace, we deliver stakeholder and industry focussed outcomes through a user-centred approach.

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 (APS) - an environment that you may not previously have had the opportunity to work in.

The APS offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Superannuation
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities
  • Annual leave

What is the salary?

The successful candidates receive a 12 month contract at the APS3 Level. The salary offered at this level is approximately $60,500 + 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.


To be considered for a Cadetship position qualifications must be from an Australian university or Institute of TAFE or an International University with a building or plumbing related qualification. In addition, to be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens, and if successful, applicants will be required to obtain a Baseline security clearance. 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 four 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.

Contact information

For more information regarding the Cadetship please submit an enquiry.

Applications are currently now open - Apply today