Applications for our 2022 Career Comeback Program are now closed. For all successful candidates, the program will commence in March 2022. You can search and apply for other roles on our website now.

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About the program

  • Our Career Comeback Program is a paid program for experienced professionals who’ve taken a career break of two years or more, and are looking to return to the workforce.

    Run over 12 weeks, the program is designed to provide you with the re-entry support and training you need to thrive. 

    You’ll join one of our Institutional Banking & Markets (IB&M) businesses, where your skills and experience will be highly valued and put to use. You’ll have access to a comprehensive induction process, coaching, mentoring and fantastic networking opportunities to support your transition back to work. Upon completion of the program, those who have demonstrated their abilities and motivation to succeed may be eligible for a permanent position.

    Read stories from our first intakes of the Program

What's involved?

  • A 12-week program on a paid fixed-term contract, with the opportunity to roll into a permanent position at the end of the program
  • Flexible work options, hours and arrangements that work for you*
  • Comprehensive on-boarding and industry-specific skills training
  • Access to Executive Career Coaching
  • A dedicated mentor
  • A manager who will assist you in your transition back to work, with regular check-ins

* Please note we have a variety of flexible working arrangements within our teams, so talk to us about which arrangements would work best for you.

Eligibility criteria

  • Our Career Comeback Program is designed for people who:

    • Have taken a career break of two years or more (essential)
    • Are interested in returning to work on a permanent basis (both part time and full time options available)
    • Have at least five years’ of relevant professional experience
    • Are commercially astute, driven and thrive in collaborative teams
    • Are Sydney-based and have permanent Australian working rights

    Our 2022 intake for the Career Comeback Program will start on Monday 8 March 2022.

Interested in CommBank, but not eligible for this?

Application process

  • Step 1: Online application

    Submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your interests in the Career Comeback program.

    Step 2: Telephone discussion

    If it looks like you are passionate and may have the relevant experience we’re looking for, we’ll call you to have a chat about your application and invite you to interview with us.

    Step 3: First interview

    Your first interview will be with the Hiring Manager and a stakeholder of your Hiring Manager’s choice. This interview will be held on Microsoft Teams, or in person if it is safe and you are comfortable to do so. If you are successful in progressing through this stage, you will be invited to a second interview the following week.

    Step 4: Second interview   

    You may be asked to come in for a second interview. Your second interview will be with a stakeholder of your Hiring Manager’s choice. This interview will also be held on Microsoft Teams, or in person if it is safe and you are comfortable to do so.

    Step 5: Offer

    Successful candidates will receive news of their offer.


  • Here's what you need to know about our 12-week paid program, designed to support experienced professionals in their return to work.

    I don’t meet all of the eligibility requirements, can I still apply?

    To be considered for the Career Comeback Program, candidates must meet the below criteria:

    • Are currently on a career break for 2+ years*
    • Possess at least 5+ years of relevant professional work experience
    • Have full-time working rights in Australia
    • Are Sydney based.

    * Taking part in consulting/freelance work or having generated some income from non-professional activities does not disqualify applicants. 

    I’ve never worked in banking before. Does that matter?

    No. We have a wide range of opportunities available that welcome a variety of backgrounds. For example, in our Client Solutions or Non-Financial Risk functions, candidates with backgrounds in operations, risk, consulting, project management or business law are encouraged to apply. 

    Once I submit my application, what are the next steps?

    You will receive an update on your application. If we think you may have the experience and passion we’re looking for, we’ll be in touch to invite you in for an interview.

    What level of positions and salaries are offered through the Career Comeback program?

    The position levels offered are across the Associate Director and Director level. These positions would typically mandate 5-20 years’ experience. The salaries on offer are dependent on the specific role and your level of experience. 

    What is the start date?

    The program will commence in March 2022. We will facilitate several induction workshops to help you settle into your role and into the organisation.

    What are the hours?

    At CommBank, we work flexibly. For some, this may mean 4 days per week, or finishing at 4pm each day to pick up your kids. Talk to us and let us know how this opportunity can flex to suit your lifestyle.

    Will I receive a permanent job offer after I complete the program?

    You will be eligible for a permanent position post the 12-week Career Comeback program. This offer is not guaranteed, and will be based on performance. 

    What locations is the program eligible for?

    Sydney only. 

    Can I talk to someone about this program?

    Email and we’ll get back to you within 3 business days. 


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