Applications now open for the IPART Graduate Program 2022

Join our IPART Graduate Program to kick start your career and gain invaluable experience. Our Graduate Program is a structured two-year program. Graduates have the opportunity to do rotations across the organisation, with access to development opportunities to grow professional knowledge and skills. 

What’s it like to be a graduate at IPART?

  • Rotation through a variety of different roles based on the length of a project rather than a set timeframe, allowing better ownership of work. 
  • Career development, through training.  A specialised training and development program will be developed for the graduates. 
  • Supported through a mentoring program to enhance your training and development needs. Graduates will be teamed up with a mentor for the duration of the Graduate Program.
  • Direct appointment to an ongoing role at the completion of the Graduate Program. This appointment would still be dependent on satisfactory performance.

What we do

IPART provides independent regulatory decisions and advice to protect and promote the ongoing interest of the consumers, taxpayers and citizens of NSW. 

Learn more about our role or more about our teams below.

Regulation and Compliance

Our Regulation and Compliance team is made up of the Water and Energy Regulation Compliance team and the ESS (Energy Savings Scheme) team.

The Water and Energy Regulation Compliance team license and actively monitor the legal compliance of public water utilities, electricity network operators, gas distributors and reticulators, and private water industry providers.

The team’s primary functions include:

  • assessing applications for licences
  • conducting public reviews of licence conditions
  • conducting audits and investigations of compliance with licence conditions and statutory obligations, and
  • taking enforcement action in relation to significant non-compliance.

The ESS team is responsible for administering the ESS and regulating businesses that participate in the scheme. The NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) seeks to reduce energy consumption in NSW by creating financial incentives for organisations to invest in energy saving projects.

Pricing and Policy

Our Pricing and Policy team is made up of the Energy and Transport team, and the Water Pricing and Local Government team.

The Energy and Transport team’s core reviews include energy market monitoring, solar feed-tariffs, public transport fares and rail access. Often our reviews involve analysing large data sets.

The Water Pricing and Local Government team set water prices in Sydney, the Central Coast, the Hunter, Broken Hill and the Murray Darling Basin. The team also determines the rate peg, assesses applications from councils for special variations above the rate peg, and reviews councils’ contributions plans – which determine how much developers pay to fund local infrastructure in new development areas.

Legal

The IPART Legal team provides legal advice and support to IPART and the Secretariat. The team:

  • supports members of the Tribunal and of the Delegated Tribunal and ESS Committee
  • advises and helps industry teams with pricing and other regulatory reviews
  • advises on administering the Energy Savings Scheme
  • drafts relevant pricing determinations, licences and other regulatory instruments
  • advises on IPART’s commercial agreements with its consultants/contractors.

Corporate Services

Our Corporate Services team provides advice and support to IPART and the Secretariat on the following:

  • human resources
  • information and communications technology
  • finance
  • procurement
  • communications
  • information and records management.

Your role at IPART 

The Graduate Analyst role at IPART is designed to allow graduates to work across a wide range of tasks and activities such as:

  • conducting data analysis
  • producing reports
  • providing support and helping with relevant activities necessary to provide strategic/policy advice and regulatory pricing and/or compliance work
  • helping in the delivery of research, technical analysis, reports, briefings, presentations and projects.

How to apply

Apply Online via the I work for NSW website.

Applications close Tuesday 5 October 2021 at 9:59am

How to be a part of our graduate program?

We have a preference for graduate applicants with a tertiary education in Economics, Commerce, Engineering, Science, Law, Energy or Sustainability disciplines; however, the program is not limited to only these disciplines, and we will consider other graduates. 

We consider that graduates who can demonstrate the following capabilities would do well at IPART:

  • able to think laterally and to provide input to innovative solutions to complex problems
  • able to work well with others in a collaborative team environment
  • high attention to detail
  • a clear communicator
  • able to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • environmentally and socially responsible
  • appreciative and sensitive of difference and diversity
  • excellent time management and organisational skills
  • an interest in continuous professional growth.

 To be eligible, we will be looking for graduates that meet the following criteria:

  • An Australian/NZ citizen or Australian Permanent Resident
  • Have completed or will complete an undergraduate or postgraduate degree between 1 January 2020 and 6 February 2022
  • Available to commence full-time employment in February 2022

Graduate testimonials

“For my first rotation, I divided my time between the Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) and the Legal team. In the short time I’ve been at IPART, I’ve already begun working on delegating ESS functions currently performed by the Tribunal, contributed research to the overhaul of IPART’s submissions policy and attended a number of workshops with people from across the NSW public service to improve how the ESS team engages with stakeholders. My managers and buddy have been truly supportive and generous with their time, and I’ve already received a significant amount of training in energy policy, economics, and statutory interpretation, as well as IPART’s internal procedures. So far, I’ve really valued the variety of work I’ve taken on, the benefits of flex time, and the support and advice of my close-knit team. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of autonomy and responsibility I have been given so quickly, and I eagerly await the next challenge!” - Phillip, Bachelor of Arts/Laws, University of Sydney

 “My experience with IPART as a graduate so far has been amazing. I have been challenged to work and learn quickly from so many experts and professionals in the field, every one of which has been so welcoming and willing to answer my questions. The structured training sessions with key members of different teams helped me to better understand the complex processes of ESS as a whole and taught me about the importance of the work that we conduct. The support networks (buddy, manager, mentor systems) have also been invaluable to me developing close relationships with my colleagues. My specific work tasks have given me opportunities to apply my skills and learned knowledge from both my studies and past experiences and have further deepened my understanding of them for my own personal growth. I have felt like a valued member of the team and I really look forward to achieving my work goals every day with the great people I work with." - Samantha, Bachelors in Commerce (Business Analytics) and Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering (Honours), University of Sydney

 “I have been part of the graduate program for just over five weeks now, and so far every day has brought with it a combination of new and exciting challenges, opportunities, and chances to learn. Work in the ESS team is both varied and engaging, and the combination of structured training and one-on-one sessions with a number of different team members has enabled me to very quickly increase my skillset and meet any challenges I face head on. Whilst work in the ESS team is often complex it is also highly rewarding, and IPART’s welcoming nature combined with the support of the buddy and mentor system have made my time here so far an incredible experience.” - Callum, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Arts (Renewable Energy Engineering), UNSW

Learn more about our recruitment process

The application process will be undertaken in three stages. The first stage is for applicants to submit a resume and cover letter as per the Application Requirements. The second and third stages will include an interview and applicants will be required to complete additional capability assessments.

Offers will be made to successful applicants in December, for the positions to start in February the following year. 

Key recruitment dates for the 2022 program

Applications close

Tuesday 5 October 2021, 9:59am

Shortlist finalised

October 2021

Interview and assessments

November 2021

Formal offers made

December 2021

Graduates commence

February 2022

*Dates subject to change

Graduate rotations:

The 2022 program is a two-year program with 3 project-based rotations. The rotations through IPART are based on the length of a project rather than a set timeframe, allowing better ownership of work.  Rotations will be developed by taking into account both the needs of the organisation and interests of the successful applicants.

Contact details:

Phone: (02) 9290 8463  

Email: Graduates@IPART.nsw.gov.au