Trainee program

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Combine studies with work, all while receiving professional and financial support.

Our Trainee Program is a unique three year program that allows you to undertake real paid work experience whilst completing your degree. It’s a valuable way to complete your university studies as you’ll set yourself up for a successful and fulfilling career in the process. As a Trainee, you’ll experience the real working world, and get the exciting opportunity to put what you are learning at university into practice. 

We currently hire Trainees into Assurance, Tax and Private Clients, and many will be offered full-time graduate positions to return the following year. 

If you’re a first year single degree student, or a second year double degree student, our Trainee Program might be for you. We look for students from a range of degree backgrounds including Accounting, Commerce, Information Technology, Law – just to name a few!


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What is the difference between a Trainee and a Vacationer?

As a Trainee, you embark on a three-year journey with PwC. You will join us as a full-time employee, whilst you study part-time for 2 years. After 2 years of employment you will then return to full-time study to complete your degree. Most Trainees will then return to work with us as a Graduate. 

The Vacation Program is a summer internship spanning between 3 and 8 weeks.

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Who is eligible to apply?

You must be an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident to apply.

Students in their first year of a three year/single degree or students in their second year of a four year/double degree are eligible to apply for the program.

If you are in the process of completing a degree that is more than four years, you would follow the pattern: first year of a three year degree, second year of a four year degree, third year of a five year degree and so on.

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I’m an international student - can I apply?

Unfortunately only Australian permanent residents and citizens are eligible to apply.

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When do applications for the Trainee Program open and close?

Applications open in July each year. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn as we'll announce exact dates and out-of-cycle opportunities that arise.

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What’s the recruitment process?

Our process has never been easier! Simply:

  1. Apply online and complete the application form (Guess what? You don’t need a CV)

  2. Complete an online aptitude test

  3. Record a video interview

  4. Attend an assessment centre  

Once you complete the process, offers will be issued from your local recruiter.


At PwC, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is an important part of everything we do. As part of this commitment, we want to remove any conscious or unconscious bias from impacting the recruitment process. Therefore, we no longer require you to upload a CV or resume as part of the application process. We care about your potential and ability, and look for people whose purpose and passions align with our values. We hope this will help create a more equitable, fair and diverse application experience for you.

Academic transcripts will only be requested upon successfully reaching final stage of assessment to verify your degree.

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What do you look for in a candidate?

As a Trainee you’ll be assessed against the competencies of our global framework, the PwC Professional. This is how we define and encourage leadership at all levels - from Vacationer to Partner. Learn more about the framework and the skills we look for here.

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When does the Trainee Program start?

Trainee Program start dates will vary dependent on state and business area. You will generally commence your formal Trainee position early the following year after applying.

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Where will the Trainee Program take place?

Trainee roles will be offered in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

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Am I paid as a Trainee?

Yes, you will be paid an annual salary.

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Which areas of the business look for Trainees?

We currently hire Trainees in Assurance, Tax and Private Clients.

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Will taking part in this program affect the length of my undergraduate degree?

Becoming a Trainee means you’ll take one extra year to complete your degree. During your first two years of full-time work you will be provided 1 day a week of paid study leave and exam leave (as you’ll be studying part-time). If towards the completion of the Trainee Program you meet the applicable graduate criteria, you may be offered a graduate role.

By completing the program you are gaining invaluable training, industry experience, and professional development before you’ve even graduated. The Trainee Program will set you up for a successful career and give you a priceless advantage when it comes to applying for Graduate roles.

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I need an adjustment for a disability. What do I do?

PwC recognises the benefits of diversity and is committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce, including the number of employees with disability.

As part of our commitment to creating a culture of inclusion, if you have a disability we'll be happy to make reasonable adjustments to our processes for you.

During the application process you will be asked if you require any adjustments to our recruitment process or if you anticipate needing any workplace adjustments to enable you to perform the role you're applying for. If so, please specify and discuss with your recruiter on first contact. By letting us know we can help you to perform at your best.

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