Careers in Action

This program will appeal to people with demonstrated leadership or technical experience from other industries who are looking to change, grow, or restart their careers.

You will come into Aurizon on an accelerated development program that provides opportunities across a number of roles and teams. Along with on-the-job experience you will participate in structured learning and development programs to build a strong foundation for a successful career.

Coming out of the program you will transition into a leadership position or technical specialty within the company.

Graduate Program

Aurizon has been voted by its Graduates as one of the top 75 employers to work for in Australia.

The Top 75 Graduate Employers are organisations that provide the most positive experience for new Graduates based on the feedback of Graduates who have spent 12 months working with the company.

As a member of our program you will have rotation opportunities across the company, giving you the chance to learn within a range of jobs, and experience different work environments. The program is open to all graduates regardless of when you have graduated.

Our development program offers graduates exciting and challenging career development opportunities along with: permanent employment, a dedicated mentor and a supporting environment, a competitive salary and annual performance-based remuneration review, opportunities to connect with technical and peer networks across Australia.

Development Programs

Aurizon offers employees a range of opportunities and programs to develop, from official programs for leadership, safety, and rail technical foundations to internal sharing sessions on topics like data and systems, and much more.

We value the development of our employees and aim to provide opportunities to continuously improve. Working for us means working for a company with a strong commitment to building our future and yours. 


Graduate Program Overview


On-the-job experience working on various projects, teams, industry sectors and locations across Australia that are aligned to your stream.

Structured Development

Individualised development program focused on both personal and professional skills.

Graduate Showcase

Work in multi-disciplined teams presenting innovative solutions to create cost savings or income generation for Aurizon’s future.

Railway Technical Foundations program

Building railway technical skills is key to our current and future success. This program connects key leaders in the organisation to understand technical aspects of how a railway operates and how we work together to create value.


Be matched with leaders whose experience and knowledge is invaluable to your professional development and career opportunities.

Buddy program

Connect with others that have experienced the program before. A chance to socialise and ask questions from peers to give you insight and fast track your learning.

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The graduate roles in Engineering may be in one of more of the following streams:

Civil - As a civil engineer, you will have the opportunity to use your professional skills across a variety of asset types including rail and road formation, a range of structure classes, and railway track. You will be involved in strategic planning, design, construction, and maintenance phases of the asset lifecycle.

Mechanical - As a mechanical engineer you will be responsible for: design, modification, testing, maintenance, safety and reliability of our rollingstock fleet and specialist plant equipment. You will gain experience in project management, monitoring fleet performance, fault identification, and reliability improvement.

Electrical - As an electrical engineer you will be working with a wide range of electrical, electronic and software systems including locomotive traction and control systems, HV traction power supply and distribution, telecommunications, railway signalling and operational systems, and SCADA systems.

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Graduates within Aurizon's Commercial teams are responsible for our financial corporate advisory and planning and reporting services.

Our financial corporate advisory areas provide specialist services relating to tax, treasury, investor relations, capital excellence and mergers and acquisitions.

Our planning and reporting services area is focused on managing an integrated business framework to maximise shareholder returns, plan for resource allocation and performance analysis.

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The graduate roles in Corporate may be in one or more of the following streams:

Human resources - responsible for partnering with leaders to implement solutions and drive a high-performance culture.

Corporate affairs - responsible for proving five key services including brand and sponsorship, community engagement, stakeholder relations, external and organisation communications.

Safety, Health and Environment - responsible for implementing and monitoring the Aurizon Safety action plans and initiatives, developing risk management skills and leading risk assessments, conducting incident investigations through trend analysis, developing initiatives to prevent re-occurrence and environmental management practices, systems and audit.

Who am I?

Mitch Lees

Mitch is our District Civil Engineer for the northern region. Mitch joined Aurizon as a student engineer 11 years ago and successfully completed the Aurizon graduate program.

While at Aurizon, Mitch has enjoyed the diversity of roles, growth opportunities offered to him as well as the mentoring and coaching.

Watch the video to hear about Mitch's experience and to find out more about the Aurizon Graduate program.

Catherine Whipps

Catherine joined Aurizon’s graduate program in 2012 as a Business Analyst. Over the years she has made the most of the development opportunities offered to her and now works as a Deployment Leader, leading a diverse team in our deployment centre.

"Aurizon has been very committed to developing my career not only in the grad program, but once I moved into a leadership position they have continued to develop me and are always looking at what I can do to improve myself," said Catherine.

Watch the video to find out more about Catherine's experience at Aurizon.

Graduates FAQ's

  • Australian or New Zealand citizen or those who have Australian permanent residency status at the time of application. You need the qualifications and experience relevant to this role.
  • The Graduate Program is a two-year program.
  • Yes! If you would like to apply for more than one discipline or location, please email
  • Locations will be specific to each position we are seeking. However. we are seeking graduates who want to grow their career in Aurizon and are flexible to work in the regional communities where Aurizon operates.
  • If you have the opportunity to move as part of your rotation during the program, we will provide reasonable relocation assistance.
  • Aurizon pay a competitive salary which will be reviewed annually based on performance.
  • Our Graduate Program commences each year in February.
  • As part of our Graduate program, you will start with Aurizon as a permanent employee.
  • We may consider different start dates on a case by case basis.
  • Yes, if you are unsuccessful in your application for the Graduate Program at this time just make sure you still meet the key eligibility criteria.
  • At Aurizon, we believe it is our ability to connect that strengthens communities, industries, and builds economies. It helps to embrace diversity in our workplace and that is the experience we want for everyone. We are building a culture where everyone is seen, heard, and valued, because of their diversity. We value inclusion throughout the entire company and encourage you to apply.

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