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What we're looking for

We’re 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’re looking for graduates with highly-developed written and oral communication skills, strong analytical and people skills, and individuals who demonstrate influence, initiative, honesty, fairness and respect.


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

If you’re applying for a role in the Indigenous Affirmative Measures pathway, you will need to provide confirmation of heritage prior to being offered a role.

If your only qualifying degree is from an overseas university, you will need to provide us with a statement verifying the recognition of your qualifications from an Australian state or territory government overseas qualifications unit. We won’t consider your application without this supporting documentation.

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).

Our recruitment process involves five steps:

Applications must be submitted through the Treasury’s online careers portal before the application’s closing date.

Your application must include your:

  • resume;
  • academic transcripts; and
  • response to the one page pitch question.
All applications will be assessed by Treasury in May.

Interviews will likely be held throughout June.

Candidates that are in strong contention for the positions following interview will be progressed for a reference check.

It is anticipated the successful candidates will be offered positions in late-July. Placements will be determined closer to the commencement of the 2022 Graduate Development Program.

Unsuccessful candidates will be notified in July and will have the opportunity to request feedback on their application.

The 2022 Graduate Development Program will start in February 2022.

Indigenous Affirmative Measures

Treasury is seeking applications for our Graduate Development Program from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We are committed to making the program accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander through the Indigenous Employment Affirmative Measures process. This process is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

While merit remains the basis for selection, engagement and promotion, the aim of this process is to increase the representation of Indigenous Australian in Treasury and the Australian Public Service.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants must provide confirmation of heritage prior to being offered a role. Types of evidence that are considered include: 

If you don't have the required evidence prior to applications closing, you can still submit an application. Simply 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 a number of resources to assist you:

If you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person you can apply through the Indigenous Affirmative Measure process.

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


RecruitAbility is a scheme that aims to attract applicants with disability. Applicants who opt in to 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.

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

Further information on RecruitAbility is available on the Australian Public Service Commission’s website.

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