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Our two year High Altitude Graduate Program will kick-start your career and fast track your career path to where the sky is the limit.

Our Graduates are resilient, innovative, self-starters who have the ability to adapt, grow and positively contribute to our business. With guidance they are the future leaders of the Virgin Australia Group.

The Virgin Australia High Altitude Graduate program offers roles in, Legal, IT, Finance, People, Operations and Commercial. Over the course of the two year program you will experience:

  • Jump onboard program
    Orientation and onboarding events in week one of the program.
  • Buddies
    Have support from someone who has been there, done that and can help you find your way in the early days of starting your career.
  • 'Sector’ rotations
    Four six-monthly rotations that graduates complete during the 24-month program.
  • ‘Short Haul’ routes
    Three short immersions in certain parts of the Virgin Australia Group that otherwise would not be experienced during the rotations. These experiences help to broaden exposure and increase acumen of the Virgin Australia business.
  • Stretch ‘Long Haul’ assignments
    Participate in two real business projects that will provide experiential learning and opportunities to contribute to in a way that makes a visible change to the business.
  • Leader led masterclasses
    Designed to impart knowledge and learning from our leaders, to help you build your capability and accelerate your development and career.
  • Group presentation to the Executive team
    A unique opportunity for you to present to the top team, sharing your insights, learnings and recommendations with Executive Committee members on opportunities to continuously improve our business.
  • 'Now you’re flying!' graduation
    Event held at the conclusion of the two year graduate program to celebrate your achievements.

Discover more about the graduate roles on offer. 

Graduate Airlines Program | Graduate Finance Program | Graduate IT Program | Graduate LawGraduate People

Virgin Australia Graduate High Altitude Airlines Program

Our Airlines program is where the rubber hits the tarmac, with opportunities found with our mainline Virgin Australia in Brisbane and our low cost carrier Tigerair in Melbourne. A Graduate entering the airlines stream will have the benefit of rotating across divisions to gain a well-rounded understanding of our business. Rotations are found in teams that include:

  • Revenue and Network Management
  • Sales, and Digital
  • Customer Experience and Product
  • Flight Operations
  • Ground Operations
  • Network Operations
  • Engineering
  • Safety
  • Cargo

Virgin Australia High Altitude Graduate Finance Program

Our Finance team is responsible for the financial analysis, reporting and forecasting for the business. This critical function supports the business and the board in meeting our objectives and the provision of prudent advice on business opportunities. Extensive number crunching goes without saying but it’s the interrogation of the data, the analysis, the reporting and the forecasting that make the world of difference in both; supporting the company and the board in meeting our objectives; and the provision of prudent advice on business opportunities. As a graduate within the Finance team you may work across the various streams of:

  • Financial Accounting - playing an integral role in the delivery, collation and review of the Group’s forecasting process and providing analysis and insight into the Groups financial position.
  • Treasury & Leasing - actively managing risks through hedging, cash management, structured funding activities and commercial lease negotiation and advice for our Fleet.
  • Business Transformation (Performance & Advisory) - maximising the performance of the Virgin Australia Group portfolio businesses.
  • Transaction Services - encompassing payroll, accounts payable/receivable as well as credit and fraud.
  • Tax - supporting the business in achieving the strategic, commercial and operational objectives by delivering quality advice. 

Virgin Australia High Altitude Graduate IT Program

Virgin Australia’s IT department is on a mission to build and deliver truly great products and services that transform our business and make great customer experiences. In the most simplistic terms, this department is responsible for end-to-end project delivery and implementing quality projects on time and on budget.

As a graduate within the Information Technology team you may work across the various streams of:

  • Operations – running the function of our airline IT systems, responsible for end to end IT support.
  • CRC – the engine room of Virgin Australia’s core operating system, Sabre.
  • Airline Operations – working with a number of different stakeholders including developers, testers, architects, analysts, product owners, and business SMEs to deliver technology solutions into production environments using automated toolsets and processes.
  • Digital and Emerging Technology – assisting with the delivery of innovative projects from ideation through to full development and helping drive the development of digital strategy across all aspects of the Virgin Australia business.

In a vibrant Information Technology department, your passion for great service and attention to detail will see you develop strong rapport with your colleagues and business partners. Our team is a passionate bunch, we embrace new technologies and eat change for breakfast, never forgetting that the airline never sleeps!


Virgin Australia High Altitude Graduate Law

Our Legal and Risk Division is responsible for assessing legal, risk, sustainability and crisis events for the Virgin Australia Group. The Legal and Risk team is made up of the following divisions and as a graduate you will work across the various streams:

  • Internal Audit - providing assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organisation's operations.
  • Workplace Relations - providing specialist advice on complex and technical employment law matters.
  • Legal - advising on a large range of matters including: contract negotiation, competition and consumer law, privacy and corporate law, intellectual property law, real property law, commercial litigation and guest litigation, discrimination and safety investigations and litigation.
  • Sustainability - supporting and overseeing the development and implementation of Virgin Australia’s Sustainability Strategy and the execution of specific initiatives relating to sustainability.
  • Business Resilience - helping to transform and influence the capability of the organisation to deal with this variety of crisis events, with the ability to bounce back to recovery quickly, minimising impacts.

Virgin Australia High Altitude Graduate People

Our People team is primarily focused on providing the systems, tools and guidance to assist the business in delivering its business model. The people team provide support to ensure we have the right structure for the business, the right people in the right roles doing the right work in an environment where people can work productively to their full potential.

As a graduate within the People team you will work across the various streams:

  • Business Partnering - assisting the various departments across the Virgin Australia Group to achieve their goals, supported by our people strategy
  • Organisational Development (Leadership Development, Talent, Diversity & Inclusion) - supporting our leaders and internal talent by designing best practice programs and initiatives that support their development
  • Talent Acquisition - sourcing the best talent across Australia/NZ
  • Staff and Duty Travel - for coordinating all travel for Virgin Australia employees, whether for business or pleasure, so they can enjoy the world’s most rewarding travel experience 

Applicants must meet the below requirements:

  • You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident;
  • You must be a minimum of 18 years of age;
  • You must be eligible to obtain an Australian Security Identification Card (ASIC);
  • You must have graduated university with either an undergraduate degree in 2016, 2017 or be expecting completion of your degree in 2018;
  • You must have achieved a GPA (Grade Point Average) of 65% or higher;
  • You must be medically fit to perform and willing to attend a medical assessment at your own expense;
  • You must agree to all reasonable requests to undertake Domestic and International travel;
  • You must be able to commit to a full time role, with varying hours subject to your division of work and Virgin Australia's operational requirements;
  • You must be prepared to possibly relocate at your own expense to take up the graduate program in either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth

How many positions are available?

We are looking for between 12 – 15 graduates for our 2019 High Altitude Graduate Program. We will have positions available across a variety of streams including Human Resources (People), Finance, Information Technology, Legal and General.

When does the Virgin Australia High Altitude Graduate Program Commence?

Our High Altitude Graduate Program will commence in February 2019 and will run for two years.

What are we looking for in your application?

  • You’ll need to have a keen eye for detail.
  • Grammar, spelling, punctuation are still important.
  • Don’t tell us, but show us you are passionate about your future career.
  • Somewhere in your application, plant a big idea that makes you stand out from the rest.
  • Don’t simply list your achievements; tell us about the person behind the application.

What will be the application process for the graduate program?

  • Submit an online application;
  • If selected you will be sent an online culture and values fit assessment;
  • If progressed you will be invited to submit a video interview;
  • If progressed you will be invited to attend a group assessment day;
  • If progressed we will connect with you to provide references and background checks;
  • Verbal Offer;
  • Contract.

Can I apply for a base I am currently not located in (for example, I am based in Brisbane but would like to apply for a Melbourne based position)?

Yes, please be advised that you would need to attend a Recruitment Day at your preferred base. If you were to be successful and offered a role, all relocation costs are at your own expense.

What can I expect?

Our two year graduate program will kick–start your career and fast track your career path to where the sky is the limit. The program is made up of four rotations. These will help you develop core operational and leadership skills.

What support will I get?

We’ll provide you with ongoing support right the way through the Program including:
• Induction training
• Mentors to provide coaching and guidance
• Buddy allocated from our graduate alumni or experienced colleagues
• Ongoing master class events throughout the 2 years
• Leadership and functional development

What career development will I get?

We will provide you with a two year structured learning and development framework to ensure you develop industry knowledge and the leadership skills to transition into a permanent role at the end of the graduate program.

You’ll be supported by your Rotational Line Manager, your mentors and your colleagues. You will also network with key leaders across the business

What if I’m unsuccessful?

If you are unsuccessful in this round, this does not mean your Virgin Australia dream is over. You will be welcomed to reapply for the 2020 High Altitude Graduate Program

What if my question isn’t answered here?

If you have another question that isn’t able to be answered here please feel free to email

To apply for The Virgin Australia High Altitude Graduate Program go to the Current Opportunities page on the Virgin Australia Careers website. You will need to create a user profile and complete an application form, as well as upload your resume and transcript for our Recruitment Team to review.

In the case that there are no current opportunities, we encourage you to check the Virgin Australia Careers website and regularly follow our company page on LinkedIn for the latest job opportunities and updates.