Jumpstart WA

8 Week induction program + Full day agency workshop

If you’re a student looking to progress in the field of advertising, marketing, or public relations, JumpStart offers first-hand experience within this industry, boosting your chances of landing a job by directly connecting you with a multitude of Perth’s top agencies.


JumpStart is our nine week industry induction program that provides participants with valuable and practical learning and insight into the WA advertising industry, the various agencies in Perth and the roles within these agencies, that would best suit their skills and interests.

It’s the ACA’s WA advertising program for graduates. A ‘grad-vertising’ program if you will.


Who’s it for?

Do you love connecting with people? Are you super up-to-date with what’s happening in the world? Spend free time catching up on Gruen episodes? Wonder how your phone is showing you an ad for a thought you just had?

If you answered yes to any of these, then JumpStart is probably, definitely right for you.

Oh, and it doesn’t matter what you study. From architecture to zoology, as long as you’re ready to broaden your thinking in this field, you’re exactly what we’re after.


2021 Key Dates

4 August 2021 Perth Information Night
5 August 2021 Application Brief Released
20 August 2021 Applications Close
2 September 2021 Speed Dating
10 September 2021 Applicants Notified
21 Sept – 19 Nov 2021 Industry Induction Program & Final Day Workshop

What to expect

JumpStart provides participants with a unique opportunity to explore real-life agencies; connect with and meet key people in the industry and provides an insight into all possible job roles and career paths within Advertising. By the end of it – you know exactly what you want to be and where you’d like to work!

The application process requires you to answer five simple questions. Show your authentic (sometimes creative) self here!

Shortlisted applicants are then invited to a Speed Date night with the participating agencies. Don’t be nervous, just bring confidence and enthusiasm.

From there, the final participants are chosen, and JumpStart begins!

The program runs on Tuesday afternoons over 8/ 9 weeks. Each week a different session and topic is hosted at a different agency. These sessions provide you with invaluable and practical learning and you’ll definitely learn things about the industry that you never knew! PLUS…you get to meet and network with key agency folk (and that’s a great way to get connected and be noticed!).

The program culminates in a half-day workshop, where groups work on a real client brief and then do their first pitch presentations to the client and a panel of esteemed judges.

There is a winning individual and a winning team chosen at the end and then we all head out to a celebratory finale dinner. Shew!


2019 Participating agencies

JumpStart WA participating agencies


How many positions does JumpStart offer each year?
This number varies, depending on quality of the applicants. The maximum intake is 20.

Is there a cost for applicants?
No. The agencies pay for the program, which in turn provides them with new industry talent.However, If you decide to leave JumpStart after it has commenced, there is a withdrawal fee.

When do I submit my application?
Friday 20th August 2021, by 11:45 pm.

What is the minimum qualification that is required to apply?
The program is designed for third year undergraduates and recent postgraduates. Whether enrolled at University or TAFE, applicants are encouraged from any academic discipline.

Do I have to be an Australian citizen to apply for the program?
Yes. This is a local industry program. JumpStart is not accredited to take international students and it’s therefore mandatory to have Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency.

I’m keen, what now?
Register your interest or contact Melissa Vella, melissa@communicationscouncil.org.au

Participant Feedback

The content of the program was consistently rich and well organised from the start. The hands on experience and local industry knowledge I gained really complemented by my three years at university and started my career in the industry. Luke, University of Western Australia, now Business Director at Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne

The program delivered relevant and practical content. With brilliant guest speakers, I’d recommended for all uni students keen to break into the advertising industry.
Stefan, Curtin University, now Associate Client Director, Carat UK London

This program will only be running again in 2021 Register your interest for graduate events that will be taking place later this year.