Graduate Program 2021

Graduate Program 2021

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Graduate Program Overview

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) graduate program has been established to give capable individuals valuable experience in the energy sector, build skills and knowledge for their future career and provide an opportunity for career progression. The program provides a pathway for graduates to form part of the AEMC’s team of policy advisers and, more broadly, contribute to the energy sector’s future workforce.

Graduates are provided with opportunities to participate in the work undertaken by our policy teams, primarily rule changes and reviews. Our work utilises and develops skills in project planning, analytical thinking, judgement, teamwork and communication – with problem solving and writing capability being a critical success factor. A graduate’s responsibilities will increase over the course of the 12 month program, building on acquired experience and skills.

At first a graduate may be researching background to rule change requests and reviews, undertaking stakeholder research, and leading on some organisational and administrative tasks. They’ll gain exposure to policy design, facilitating consultation with stakeholders, developing research and insights, and project planning. We endeavour to assign each graduate to a specific project upon joining and have pieces of work on that project for which they are responsible.

Over time we will call on graduates to take on more responsibility for projects. You will apply your research, analytical and communication skills to lead a small project or manage parts of a major, complex project lead by others, and formulate policy advice and recommendations.

The projects that graduates may be involved include:

  • Annual market reports. Part of a graduate’s work may include a piece of research or report writing on a ‘gateway’ project (e.g. a report chapter). By working on a ‘gateway’ project graduates gain a deep understanding of a key section of the energy sector. Projects including the Retail Energy Competition Review, Electricity Network Economic Regulatory Framework Review, and the Reliability Panel’s Annual Market Performance Review.
  • Market reviews and advice. In our reviews and advice, we take a long term view of what needs to be done to deliver reliable, secure energy at the best price for consumers. These are strategic projects that are broad in scope and give graduates an opportunity to gain experience in a key area of sector reform.
  • Rule changes: The National Electricity Rules play a central role in governing how the energy market operates. Any external stakeholder can shape the design and regulation of the market through participation in the rule change process, including by submitting rule change requests. Graduates can work alongside more experienced staff, and eventually may lead, a ‘deep dive’ assessment of changes to the rules.

Over the course of the program, the AEMC endeavours to provide a graduate with the opportunity to work on a range of project types, in diverse roles, understanding though that project opportunities depend partly on availability and other organisational needs.

About you

We are looking for graduates who are passionate about the Energy sector and who have:

  • completed their tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline, with a preference for economics graduates however we would also like to hear from law, engineering and arts graduates
  • strong problem solving skills and can demonstrate judgment, flexibility and foresight
  • a strong interest in developing their knowledge of energy markets
  • the ability to prioritise multiple deadlines
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently to deliver work outcomes
  • in depth research and analytical skills with a proven ability to understand complex subject matters quickly
  • demonstrated high level writing skills to contribute to the development of written policy papers and reports

Applications are open to Australian permanent residents or citizens only.

How to apply

Applications are now open and will close on Friday 22nd January 2021. To apply please click the button below.

Should you have any further queries regarding the program please contact the People & Culture team by email