How to apply


Applications for the 2024 Graduate Development Program are now open

To apply for our Graduate Development Program you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen by the end of the calendar year in which you apply, for example become an Australian citizen by December 2023
  • complete or will complete, an Australian-recognised undergraduate qualification (bachelor degree) or higher by 31 December 2023
  • most recent eligible qualification must be no more than 5 years old, for example, you have or will complete between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2023
  • minimum requirement is a bachelor degree
  • have performed well over the course of your studies to ensure that you are competitive in the selection process
  • be willing and able to move to Canberra for the duration of the program
  • be willing to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance once accepted onto the program
  • be willing to undergo any police, character, health or other checks required.

Overseas qualifications

If your qualifying degree is from an overseas university, you will need to provide a statement verifying the recognition of your qualifications from an Australian state or territory government overseas qualifications unit. We are unable to consider your application without this supporting documentation.

Obtain a security clearance

If you’re offered a role, you will need to obtain a valid Australian Government security clearance prior to your commencement. For more information on security clearances please visit the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA).

Recruitment process steps

Your application journey

To assist you with your application here are a few things you should know.

Before you start your application, make sure to check that you’re eligible to apply. You can check your eligibility by reading the eligibility criteria.

If you meet the criteria. Your application must include your:

  • resume
  • academic transcripts (if you don’t have this at home, contact your university and ask them how to access a copy)
  • response to the application question.

All applications must be submitted through the Treasury online careers portal before the application closing date.

Applications for our graduate program open on 23 January 2023 and close 17 April 2023.

Once applications are closed, we assess all applications received.

We aim to notify all applicants of their application outcome and next steps by May 2023.

If you’re successful in your online application, you’ll be required to complete an online assessment task.

Following this you may be invited to participate in an online interview. Interviews are expected be held throughout June 2023 and conducted virtually.

Following the interview candidates’ references will be checked.

When choosing your referees, it’s ideal that they can comment on your work or your skills and capabilities as a team member.

Successful candidates will be offered graduate positions in late-July to August 2023. Rotation placements will be determined closer to the commencement of the 2024 Graduate Development Program which commences February 2024.

Unsuccessful candidates will have the opportunity to request feedback on their application.

Graduate Development Program - Indigenous Affirmative Measure

If you identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person you can apply for the Graduate Development Program - Indigenous Affirmative Measure.


To apply, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants must meet the same eligibility criteria as the Graduate Development Program and provide confirmation of heritage prior to being offered a role.

Confirmation of Heritage

You can confirm your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage through a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and bodies, which commonly include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land councils
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical service.

Evidence types

Types of evidence that we consider include:

  • a letter signed by the Chairperson of an incorporated Indigenous organisation confirming that you are recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or
  • a confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent form executed by an Indigenous organisation.

If you have any questions in relation to this, please contact our team at

Submit without evidence

If you do not have the required evidence prior to applications closing, you can still apply. Attach a letter or email which outlines the steps you are taking to source your documentation.

You will have to provide documented evidence prior to being offered a position.


If you're having trouble getting a confirmation, there are resources to assist you:

Indigenous employment commitment

To learn more about Treasury's commitment to Indigenous employment, visit Indigenous careers.


RecruitAbility aims to attract applicants with disability.

Applicants who opt into the scheme and meet the minimum requirements of the role are advanced to a further stage in the selection process.

Merit remains the basis for engagement and promotion.

Opt in

If you identify as a person with a disability, you can ‘opt in’ for RecruitAbility on the application form.

For more information on RecruitAbility visit the Australian Public Service Commission’s website.

Other programs

Australian Government Graduate Program - Economist Stream

In addition to the Treasury’s Graduate Development Program, we also lead the graduate recruitment for the AGGP Economist Stream with involvement from participating agencies who are seeking Economics Graduates.

You will have the opportunity to apply for economist graduate roles throughout the public service.


Candidates with the following qualifications are eligible to apply:

  • bachelor degree (economics or econometrics) or Master of Economics
  • bachelor degree (any discipline) with a major or minor in economics as part of your degree.

For detailed information regarding the Economist Stream please visit the Australian Government Graduate Program – Economist Stream.