Graduate Program Agency Information


The Communications Council Graduate Program

The Graduate Program is one of the most rewarding and valued programs available to our members, building a unique network of passionate individuals committed to raising the bar, professionally and creatively.

The program fosters creative and strategic talent within the industry, drawing on local and international expertise to provide member agencies and graduates with a unique foundational learning program.

The Graduate Program is open to graduates across Australia for full-time positions in our member agencies in Sydney and Melbourne. Building on the success of the last 35 years, and in association with the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), the program incorporates three intensive learning streams with two internationally recognised qualifications.

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Graduate recruitment

Each year, The Communications Council attracts over 300 potential graduates with a diverse range of tertiary qualifications.

Candidates attend information evenings in Sydney and Melbourne, followed by an online application process assessing their strengths, interests and broader leadership, strategic and creative thinking abilities.

Following an intense selection process, candidates are shortlisted to participate in an assessment day. Here, agencies are invited to meet graduates and observe their skills in action throughout a series of individual presentations, workshops and group exercises. 

Agencies then make first round offers, in preparation for commencing work placements.

Please note; if you have already recruited a grad yet would like to benefit from The Graduate Program training and seminars, please contact us.


The program - qualifications, training & seminars

An enhanced learning experience with international certification, The Graduate Program supports graduates in their first year. The program is also open to agency juniors who are already working within an agency and would like to support their on-the-job learning with an IPA industry qualification.

The Graduate Program incorporates three intensive learning programs, with two internationally recognised qualifications through the Institute of Practitioners of Advertising (IPA):

Online: IPA Foundation Certificate*
Experiential: IPA Fundamentals Workshop* (2 day course)
Experiential: Getting Started Workshop (industry induction)

Participants extend their learning through ongoing professional development throughout the year with specialist seminars hosted by The Communications Council including the:

  • Account Management Group (AMG)
  • Account Planning Group (APG)
  • The Public Relations Council (PRC)

The program provides opportunity for agencies who:

  • Are looking for a new graduate who is keen to jump in and learn fast, with the support of training
  • Already have one or more potential juniors working in the agency, who would benefit from additional skills development

By partnering with the IPA, The Graduate Program is strengthened through international affiliation, providing participants with globally recognised training, and agencies with juniors who are better equipped to take on the challenges of a creative business.

* What is IPA?
The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) offers a suite of professional award-winning qualification created by the industry, for the industry. With record breaking numbers enrolling globally each year, and over 10,000 practitioners having passed an IPA qualification over the last ten years, our qualifications are a sure fire way to progress your career in advertising.

“One of the best parts about the Grad program so far has been the extra TCC training and functions that we have been exposed to. I found these sessions exceptionally motivating, and they completely changed my concept of what ‘creative thinking’ was…”

- Caroline Stanley, 2016 TCC Graduate, Clemenger BBDO

Cost & inclusions

The Graduate Program is only open to member agencies and in addition to the recruitment and selection processes, the program includes:

  • IPA Foundation Certificate (Online)                        
  • IPA Fundamentals Workshop (Experiential - 2 day course)                  
  • Getting Started Workshop                 
  • Ongoing Professional Development Seminars    

Price per graduate $2,600 (incl GST)

Agency commitment

  • 12 month fixed term contract -  It is anticipated that Graduates will start mid-January 2017.
  • Days out of the agency for participation in the Professional Development Graduate Program.
  • Provision of Agency Mentor.
  • Salary - Like many other graduate programs in Australia, the base salary is industry standard and the entry level is between $40-47K.

For more information on cost, please contact:

Simone Goldstein, The Communications Council
P: 02 8297 3842 E:


Suzy Leys, The Communications Council
P: 0435 747 756 E: