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Monday, October 3, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about our graduate program.
Am I allowed to apply for a job while on the graduate program?

As the program is designed to accelerate your personal and professional development, you are not able to apply for acting positions within the PTA while participating in the Graduate Program. You can apply for permanent positions and if you are successful, you will no longer be part of the Graduate Program.

What is the rate of pay?

Graduates are employed on a Level 2/4 classification under the Public Transport Authority Salaried Officers Industrial Agreement 2020 with a starting salary of $65,954 (plus superannuation). These rates apply to a 37.5 hour week. You also have the option of working a 40 hour week with a starting salary of $70,081 (plus superannuation).

When would I start work if I am successful?
The start date for the 2022 intake is Monday February 22, 2022. The graduate coordinator facilitates an induction for all new graduate employees. This induction provides you with an overview of the PTA and gives you the opportunity to meet fellow graduates, the Managing Director and graduate supervisors.
How do the rotations work?
Each graduate rotates through different divisions of the organisation during the program. Each rotation is relevant to the graduate’s field of study and will be coordinated by the graduate coordinator in consultation with management.
Will there be support for graduates?
Yes. Not only do we have a dedicated graduate coordinator who checks in with the graduates on a regular basis, but our graduates also have access to a buddy program. Graduates are introduced to existing PTA graduates on their first day and are encouraged to keep in contact. Another support tool is the performance and development program which is designed to provide you with a focus for your work and agreed performance standards, as well as document your planned professional development.
Does the PTA employ overseas students?
You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to be eligible to apply for the PTA Graduate Program, as these positions offer permanent appointment.


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