Make it yours

Transforming lives doesn’t just apply to our projects - it is why we are committed to giving graduates a foot in the door of this exciting industry, where every day is a chance to make our cities and communities better.

We understand that choosing where you start your career is a big decision. That’s why we have designed a Graduate Program with you at the centre – that arms you with the skills needed for a big future in our industry.

It is structured around building your abilities through rotations, learning and development opportunities and support.

The basics:

  • Two year program
  • On-the-job learning
  • Opportunities to network with senior leaders across a diverse infrastructure and property business
  • Offers support to grow your skills in working with others, negotiation and team work.

We work in both metropolitan and regional areas, creating projects that make communities more connected, grow the economy and improve quality of life.

To learn and grow as much as possible during your time on the program, it is essential that you are prepared to relocate. The skills and knowledge that you develop will give you a professional advantage in this competitive industry, wherever your career may take you. We are proud that many of our past graduates are now in various senior roles throughout John Holland.

Our graduate program also offers driven and high-performing graduates the opportunity to fast-track their careers and finish the program early at the 18-month mark.

It is all what you make of it – make it yours!

Applications for our 2020 intake have now opened and will close on 24th March 2019.


Recruitment Process – What you need to know

18 February – 24 March
: Submit an Online Application (including questionnaire and written responses)

March: Complete an Online Simulation Assessment

April: Submit a Video Interview

May: Successful candidates will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre

June: Undergo Medical Check and Offers sent out

February 2020: Graduate Program commences

The 2020 John Holland graduate recruitment process will be managed in partnership with Hudson. All personal information collected during this recruitment process, including but not limited to the results, report and any audio or video footage of any assessment/psychological appraisal facilitated by Hudson will be released to John Holland and relevant Hudson staff to facilitate the assessment process.

If you would like any further information about the recruitment process, please email


About you

We look for a diverse range of candidates who are driven, eager to learn, have an ability to build relationships and are keen to transform lives.

To be eligible to apply for the graduate program, you will either be in the final year or your degree or have already graduated within the past three years. Essentially, you will be required to have completed your degree between January 2016 – December 2019. This includes all your study requirements and necessary industry placements.

You will either be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident. You will be required to provide supporting documents should you progress through to the Assessment Centre stage.


Click here to read about some of our current Graduates.

Below are the different Graduate Program streams on offer, including suggested suitable majors as a guideline. We strongly encourage candidates with double degrees and double majors to apply.


The Infrastructure Group comprises specialised engineering, design and construction capability across a broad range of sectors and for projects of varying sizes. Our expertise in infrastructure spans more than 2,500 projects in Australia alone, for both public and private customers. We also have a long history of delivering projects in international markets, most notably across South East Asia and New Zealand.

Our capabilities span across a number of sectors, from transport infrastructure, utilities, and resources, to renewables and tunnelling.

As an Infrastructure Graduate, you could be working on projects like West Gate Tunnel in VIC, Sydney Metro in NSW, or Sunshine Coast Airport in QLD.

Suitable majors:

Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics



Home to Australia’s largest capability in the rail sector, the Rail Group undertakes projects in each state of Australia in urban, regional and remote desert environments.

We deliver complex multi-discipline rail projects and specialist projects covering operations, construction, maintenance and renewals of track, signalling, overhead line, stations, structures and tunnelling in both live operational environments and greenfield sites.

As a Rail Graduate, you could be working on projects like the MetroTunnel Project in Melbourne, Canberra Metro, or Sydney Metro.

Specialisations and suitable majors:

Signalling: Electrical, Mechatronics

Overhead Wiring: Electrical, Mechatronics

Systems: Systems, Mechatronics

Track: Civil



The Building Group provides the platform for the development of integrated building and operations solutions, from initial concept, to financing, planning, design, costing, construction, operations and maintenance.

We provide technical expertise in geotechnical, foundations, structural systems, services distribution and architectural finishes, ensuring John Holland is at the forefront of new products and materials sourced from across our local, national and international supply chains.

As a Building Graduate, you could be working on projects like 275 George Street in Sydney, Clarence Correctional Centre in NSW, Flinders Gate in Melbourne, or the Youth Justice Redevelopment in Melbourne.

Suitable majors:

Construction management and Civil engineering



John Holland is a fully integrated developer, investor, builder, owner and property asset manager. The Development & Investments Group (D&I) key objective is to generate business growth with a primary focus on:

  • Infrastructure development and investments (including PPP’s);
  • Property development – Transport Oriented Development (TOD) and urban renewal; and
  • Mergers and acquisitions – enhancing capability.

The Group intends to form strategic partnerships to deliver opportunities. These will be prioritised based on the strategic needs of the overall John Holland business, as well as the skills and capabilities residing within the business.

As a Development & Investments Graduate, you could be working closely with the Property team across all aspects of business to give you exposure to business development activities such as feasibility analysis and preparation of site acquisition bid submissions, investment committee papers, as well as the delivery stage day-to-day management of our active developments. This will involve preparation of monthly reports, financial modelling and financial and management reports of active developments. It will also include exposure to development applications and development planning, design management and construction management as well as marketing, leasing and sales.

Suitable majors:

Property Economics, Property Development, Construction Management and Property



All John Holland project teams strive to improve communities through our work, and leave our cities, suburbs and towns better than we found them.

We know that communities of the future are what we make them, and John Holland is proud to lead by example to ensure we help cities and towns become more productive, sustainable, liveable and inclusive. Our Sustainability Pathway is a framework that is based on three enduring goals: Great Place to Work; Better Lives and Future Thinking. It covers all geographies, places equal emphasis on our portfolios and takes responsibility for the impact of our work. Our goals guide how the business develops and executes its activities over the next ten years and beyond - to create a more sustainable future for everyone.

We proactively identify and manage environmental risks, and we take every opportunity to use our projects to ensure the protection of local ecosystems. We will identify energy efficiency opportunities and enable better waste management to give our customers an outcome that makes communities better.

As a Sustainability & Environment Graduate you could be involved in the implementation of project environment and sustainability programs to ensure adherence with relevant environmental legislation, regulations, contractual obligations, sustainability requirements and HSE procedures. You will have the opportunity to undertake frequent surveillance on site to ensure that all environmental obligations are implemented and maintained. You will be providing advice and guidance to key project teams including design, construction, commercial, and operations in relation to sustainability requirements. You will support and champion a culture of thinking across the project and John Holland to help achieve the sustainability, environmental, social, financial and governance goals of our customers and communities.

Suitable majors:
Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Sustainability



All our employees should trust that they will return home safely each day. To achieve this, we promise to:

  • Put safety first, always;
  • Show our commitment to safety in every action we take;
  • Make safety personal, always.

As a Safety Graduate, you will develop comprehensive knowledge of how we develop and implement safety principles and methodologies at  every level of the business. You will gain exposure to our safety management functions through the rotations that you will undertake across our Infrastructure, Building and Rail projects. This role will provide the opportunity to analyse and identify safety and wellbeing issues to assist in developing new strategies and initiatives. You will gain hands-on safety consultation experience within the construction environment. You will play a part in ensuring that every individual at John Holland understands their obligations with regards to; the care for people, community, Safety, Quality and Environment.

Suitable majors:

Occupational Health and Safety, Environment Health and Safety



The People function partners with the business to provide an HR operational service focused on achieving the strategic objectives of John Holland through five key specialist areas:

  • Employee Relations
  • Industrial Relations
  • Migration & Global Mobility
  • Talent, Diversity & Development
  • Resourcing

Together they provide the business with an edge in planning, winning and delivering work through the skills, employment initiatives and the development of our people.

As a Human Resources Graduate, you could be based in the office or supporting the HR function directly on site on an Infrastructure, Building or Rail project. You will be providing advice and guidance on a wide range of HR related matters with the opportunity to support the implementation and delivery of development programs and key people initiatives.

Suitable majors:

Human , Industrial Relations, Employee Relations, Psychology



Finance and Group Services provides the framework for reporting, compliance and governance within John Holland. Our reporting enables informed strategic decisions to be made regarding the operations of the business.

As a Finance Graduate, you are offered the opportunity to get a breadth of experience across Management and Financial Reporting, Asset Management, Treasury Management and Project Reporting. You could be assisting the Finance and Accounting team in maintaining financial, accounting and administration to meet procedural, statutory and corporate standards. This will involve preparing income and balance sheet statements and other accounting statements and reports as required.

You could also rotate between Corporate Finance and Project Finance to develop a broader skillset.

Suitable majors:

Accounting, Finance




The Corporate Affairs function of John Holland includes internal communications, external communications, marketing, brand and government relations. This includes managing all communications within the organisation, dealing with media and issues management, maintaining our social media accounts, providing marketing support, and managing branding for the business. It also involves providing government relations advice to the regions and business groups. In this way, the Corporate Affairs division is responsible for managing John Holland’s reputation and external perception in the market and with the community.

As a Communications Graduate, you could be involved in engaging project stakeholders and the local community, drafting tailored communications for multiple channels, identifying proactive media opportunities and devising strategies to mitigate construction impacts, all while working closely with some of the best talent in this field.

Suitable majors:

Communications, Marketing



Information Technology at John Holland enables the company to harness knowledge, capability and innovation to create a competitive advantage. We need passionate people who can create intuitive solutions through innovative design and development.

As an IT Graduate you will be working as part of a team of professionals with a diverse range of skills focusing on the full development lifecycle of a project. John Holland is a large consumer of AWS products. Part of your role could be understanding and developing code to work in AWS with services such as CloudFormation, API Gateway and Lambda.

Suitable majors:
Information Technology, Information Systems, Software, Web Development