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About our Graduate Development Program

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Our program

Our program gives you access to rewarding career opportunities.

As a Treasury graduate, you’ll gain exposure working in several areas of the department. You’ll get to work on policies that help shape the future and make a difference for all Australians.

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Who should apply

Our program is open to all university students who have graduated in the last 5 years.

Academic qualifications

You may want to work for us if you have a degree in one of the following disciplines:

  • law
  • economics/econometrics
  • public policy
  • political science
  • data and statistics
  • mathematics
  • business and commerce
  • finance.


As well as academic qualifications, our graduates need to have:

  • highly developed written and oral communication skills
  • strong analytical and people skills
  • demonstrate influence, initiative, honesty, fairness and respect.

Indigenous affirmative measure

To increase the representation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders in Treasury and the Australian Public Service, our graduate program also offers an Indigenous affirmative measure recruitment pathway.

If you are hired as part of the Indigenous affirmative measure recruitment round, you will take part in our program which includes:

  • 3 work rotations
  • specialist university facilitated development workshops
  • other activities including coaching and mentoring.

Program overview

Two-year program

Our graduate program runs over 2 years with most graduates based in our Canberra office.

Graduates may also be placed in our Sydney and Melbourne offices.

During the program you will access several face-to-face learning and development opportunities.

Interstate graduates will travel to Canberra for learning and development, and networking activities.

We embrace an inclusive and flexible culture.

You will have opportunities to get involved with our many employee networks and connect with graduates from other departments.

Work rotations

You will complete 8-month rotations in 3 different work areas to ensure that you can develop your skills, knowledge and confidence as an influential employee of the Australian Public Service.

Placements are chosen based on your skills, academic qualifications and Treasury's portfolio responsibilities.

You will also nominate work areas of interest for your second and final rotations.

What you’ll do

As a Treasury graduate you will work on policies that impact the department and the Australian economic landscape.

You will also get to work with and learn from experts.

Graduate rotations will be in areas such as:

  • fiscal, tax and social policy
  • law, legislation and regulatory policy
  • market conduct and consumer data policy
  • macroeconomic modelling and data analysis
  • foreign investment
  • financial services
  • small business
  • domestic and international economic conditions
  • housing
  • climate and energy.

To know if we’re the right fit for you, see Why work at Treasury.

Learning and development

Bespoke opportunities

During the program, you will have access to bespoke face-to-face learning and development opportunities including university-facilitated development workshops with a mix of academic professionals and Treasury subject matter experts.

You will have a pathway that enables career progression as your capability develops.

Skills development

Our learning and development will help you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to succeed in your career at Treasury and the wider Australian Public Service.

Our learning and development is designed using adult learning principles of work-based, relationship-based and formal learning.

Learning and development opportunities include:

  • Six 2-day external university facilitated workshops each year
    These workshops equip you with theoretical and practical approaches to help in your day-to-day work.
  • Four peer coaching sessions each year
    The sessions are facilitated by an external coach who offers guidance and support on how to best approach work and team-based matters.
  • Mentoring and networking
    You will be connected with a graduate buddy who’s completed the program and have access to unique and rewarding networking experiences and events.

Other employee benefits

As well as our learning and development opportunities, we have a range of employee benefits.

As a graduate on commencement you will receive:

Salary and work arrangements

  • a competitive starting salary of $73,275 per annum plus 15.4 per cent superannuation (total remuneration package $84,559 per annum) based on commencing at Treasury’s APS 3.2 level
  • opportunity for performance-based salary increases during the program
  • flexible working arrangements and work from home options in agreement with your manager and team requirements.

Leave and allowances

  • 20 days annual leave and additional office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • relocation assistance for eligible graduates – including 4 weeks of short-term temporary accommodation (if required)
  • an Annual Lifestyle Contribution allowance of $600 to help maintain a healthy lifestyle – you can use the contribution for gym memberships or to purchase sporting equipment and apparel.

Workplace benefits

  • an inclusive and diverse workplace which celebrates and recognises all staff’s backgrounds, beliefs and experiences
  • on-site childcare centre and carer rooms for mothers – we are proudly accredited through the Australian Breastfeeding Association as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace
  • dedicated quiet rooms for reflection, prayer and meditation.
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