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Treasury Graduate Program

About the program

Treasury provides the highest level of support and professional development to all graduates. We have an extensive development program including on-the-job learning, interactive policy analysis and technical skill development from subject matter experts.

Placements support cumulative development and on-the-job experience; formal training also builds on the knowledge gained in the previous placement. The program structure means you contribute to the work of the Department from the outset.

Treasury staff and managers are committed to your learning and development, giving guidance, advice and feedback. You will quickly gain a good understanding of how your work fits in with the broader public policy context.

As a Treasury graduate, you could be part of:

  • preparing advice for the Treasurer;
  • policy development from conception to legislation and program delivery;
  • the budget process from beginning to end; and
  • drafting correspondence for Ministers.

The Graduate Program will give you the skills you need for a successful career.

To learn more about the graduate experience visit Meet the Grads.


To apply for the Treasury Graduate Program you need to:

  • be an Australian citizen;
  • be willing to relocate to Canberra;
  • be eligible to obtain a valid Australian Government security clearance; and
  • have recently completed within the last five years, or will complete in 2018, a minimum of an Australian-recognised Bachelor degree.

Working at Treasury

Treasury offers a challenging and rewarding career for graduates. You will learn to broaden your thinking, meticulously analyse, openly question, creatively conceptualise and deliver policy advice. You will develop of diversity of approaches to policy-making and be exposed to Australia’s fast-paced policy and political environment. You will use and develop the knowledge and skills gained through your tertiary studies and develop new skills, which will support your career progression.

What we are looking for

We are looking for graduates with degrees across a range of disciplines, particularly economics, law, business, finance, public policy, political science and mathematics.

As well as academic qualifications, we are looking for graduates with highly-developed written and oral communication skills, strong analytical and people skills and individuals that demonstrate initiative, honesty, fairness and respect.

Support for graduates and ongoing development

Treasury prides itself on its support for graduates to perform at their best—this is an important feature of the program. Each graduate is put in contact with a Treasury buddy prior to starting, and all Treasury staff have access to mentors to support them during their career at Treasury.

Beyond the program, Treasury provides ongoing support and training for staff to develop the skills and knowledge that will help advance their career. We offer in-house courses related to a range of different capabilities such as management, leadership, writing, presentation, communication skills, policy skills and culture. Treasury also provides opportunities for further study.

Discover how Treasury is more than a workplace; it’s a community where all staff are encouraged and supported.


Treasury is an inclusive and diverse workplace. We appreciate the experiences, skills and perspectives of a workforce with a diversity of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, religion and sexuality.

The Treasury’s Progressing Women initiative aims to attract, support and retain women in leadership and ensures Treasury is an inclusive workplace.

Treasury is an accredited White Ribbon Workplace and was one of the first Australian Government agencies to achieve this.

The Treasury also participates in the RecruitAbility scheme which is designed to build the confidence and capability of people with a disability and provide support through the selection process.

Indigenous Affirmative Measure

Treasury is committed to the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is actively seeking applications for our graduate program through an Affirmative Measures recruitment process. To learn more about Treasury’s commitment to Indigenous employment, visit


As a Treasury graduate you will commence as an APS 3.2 ($63,259 base salary per annum plus 15.4 per cent superannuation). Over the course of the program, subject to performance, you will progress through the APS 4.1 and APS 4.2 levels. Most graduates are working at an APS 5 level in their second year and are well placed to apply for APS 5 roles through our recruitment round process.

Please refer to the Treasury Enterprise Agreement 2015-2018 for more information.

Other benefits

Treasury graduates may also access the following additional benefits:

  • Relocation allowance if moving from interstate.
  • 20 days annual leave plus a closedown period between Christmas and New Year.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Health and wellbeing program.
  • Onsite childcare and carers room.
  • Study assistance for part-time study (subject to eligibility).
  • Extensive in-house training workshops and professional management and leadership development programs.

Living in Canberra

Canberra’s population is around 400,000. As the nation’s capital, Canberra is home to Australia’s national cultural institutions. It also has exciting new urban hotspots in Braddon, New Acton and the Kingston Foreshore. Canberra is a great place to live and offers a wonderful lifestyle, four distinct seasons and a beautiful, clean environment.

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