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Non-clinical careers

We have exciting opportunities for graduates and students to kickstart their careers with Queensland Health.

Policy Futures graduate program

The Policy Futures graduate program is organised by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and is a 2 year whole-of-government program aimed at building policy capability across the Queensland public sector. Aligned with the Queensland Public Service Workforce Capability Success Profile and the Policy Capability and Development Framework, this program assists graduates to develop the skills necessary for future policy professionals.

Queensland Health is responsible for coordinating and hosting graduate placements within the Department of Health through our Leadership and Development team.

During the two years, graduates undertake two 6-month rotations in different government agencies of their preference. As a graduate, you can attend a range of formal and informal development opportunities. In the second year, you can complete a further 12- month placement with an agency. Find out more about the Policy Futures graduate program.

Work experience and placement programs

We partner with the University of Queensland to provide unpaid, non-clinical student work experience within Queensland Health.

The Student Work Experience Program aims to support capability building of university students who are required to complete placement to finalise their degree. As a student, you have an opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge to support the delivery of health services and government agenda.

Work experience placements are offered annually for 6 weeks during summer and winter cohorts and have the opportunity to work in multiple disciplinary areas within Queensland Health that best suit your career pathway.

Work integrated learning

Upon request, we can refer or coordinate students to participate in Work Integrated Learning within various government agencies. This is organized with a partnering university and will need to be coordinated locally (if agreed) with the desired hosting area.

School-based traineeships

Queensland Health may partner with a nominated Group Training Organiser to offer a school-based traineeship program. This traineeship provides a potential pathway for high-school students into longer-term employment in support of Queensland’s efforts to reduce the youth unemployment rate.

Year 11 and 12 students will complete one day per week in paid work experience (375 hours equivalent) while completing a Certificate III qualification and will receive points towards a Queensland Certificate of Education (GCE).

You can find career pathways and personal stories on the Choose Your Own Health Career - Career Pathways website.

Contact us

If you'd like to find out more about any of these programs, you can email

Last updated: 25 January 2023