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2024 Treasury Graduate Development Program - Indigenous Affirmative Measure

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ACT, Canberra
Economics/Econometrics, Finance/Accounting, Legal/Regulatory, Policy/Public Policy, Graduate Program, APS Level 3

We are seeking collaborative and highly motivated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to make a direct impact in the way government develops and implements policies for Australia, as well as those relating to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities. 

The Treasury has created a First Nations Policy Unit that is responsible for the agency’s contribution to the governments implementation of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, advising and reporting on Budget measures that relate to First Nations Australians and supporting the work of the Treasury Reconciliation Action Plan Committee.  The unit will also promote increased representation of First Nations perspectives in economic policy development. 

At Treasury we offer opportunities to exceptional graduates from a range of disciplines, including law, business and commerce, finance, economics, public policy, statistics and mathematics, political science and data and more.

As well as relevant academic qualifications, we’re looking for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander graduates with highly developed written and oral communication skills, strong analytical and people skills, and those who can demonstrate influence, initiative, fairness and respect.

As a graduate joining the Australian Government’s leading economic policy adviser, you will work on policies that impact the organisation and the Australian economic landscape. Our two year program offers targeted training and development while you will complete two 12 month work rotations to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence as an influential Treasury employee.

Treasury Graduates have the opportunity to learn from others who have expertise in areas such as:

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

About our program

We offer a supportive structure for our graduate program therefore we currently do not support placements outside of our Canberra office (Ngunnawal Country). We understand moving away from your community can be challenging. Our onboarding processes make for a comfortable transition and include relocation assistance (upon agreement), and connection with Treasury’s Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander networks to best support you. You can actively engage with your culture in an environment that recognises the value of diverse perspectives and experiences in the delivery of the work we do.

Graduates are critical to Treasury’s workforce and are actively integrated from day one in real work activities. Based in our Canberra office (Ngunnawal Country), graduates will work in a supportive and inclusive work environment with opportunities to be involved in our many employee networks.

As a graduate you will receive:

  • bespoke formal and informal learning and development opportunities that are work and relationship-based and access highly rewarding networking experiences and events
  • a Treasury view of the Federal Budget – which offers you a fast-paced and challenging environment to hone your skills and capabilities
  • a competitive starting salary of $70,457 per annum + 15.4% superannuation (total remuneration package $81,307 per annum) based Treasury’s APS 3.2 classification level
  • opportunity for performance-based salary increases during your Graduate Development Program
  • 20 days annual leave in addition to office closure period between Christmas and New Year
  • flexible working arrangements, including flex-time and options to work from home in agreement with your manager and team requirements
  • an Annual Lifestyle Contribution allowance of $600 to contribute to maintaining a healthy lifestyle which can be used for gym memberships or to purchase sporting equipment/apparel
  • support from a graduate buddy who has been through the program before
  • relocation assistance for eligible graduates including four weeks short-term temporary accommodation and flights for your final move
  • on-site childcare centre and carer rooms – we are proudly accredited through Australian Breastfeeding Association as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace
  • dedicated quiet rooms for reflection, prayer and meditation.

For more information about the Treasury Graduate Development Program visit:

The application process

Stage 1 – Online application

 23 January 2023 – 17 April 2023

Stage 2 – Online assessment, virtual interview and reference checking

 May - June 2023

Stage 3 – Merit Pool

 Late June 2023

Stage 4 – Employment Offer

 July 2023 onwards 

Australian Government Graduate Program – Economist Stream

The Treasury is also leading the graduate recruitment for the Australian Government Graduate Program - Economist Stream with the assistance of an outsourced provider and participating agencies  seeking Economist Graduates. The Economist Stream will be advertised in early March 2023 and you can apply for both the Treasury Graduate Program - Indigenous Affirmative Measure and the Economist stream Graduate recruitment process – just make sure to check the eligibility requirements for this stream.


To apply for the 2024 Treasury Graduate Development Program - Indigenous Affirmative Measure you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • You must be an Australian citizen by the end of the calendar year in which you apply, e.g. become an Australian citizen by December 2023.
  • You will, or have completed at least an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 qualification (a Bachelor degree), or higher equivalent by 31 December 2023.
  • Your most recent eligible qualification must be no more than five years old (ie has or will be completed between 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2023).The minimum requirement is a Bachelor degree.
  • You will need to have performed well over the course of your studies to ensure that you are competitive in the selection process.
  • You must be willing and able to move to Canberra for the duration of the program.
  • You must be willing to obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance once accepted onto the program.
  • You must provide Confirmation of Heritage prior to commencement if you are successful
  • You must 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. This will be paid for you by The Treasury upon an offer of employment. For further information, please visit Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) or contact the Entry Level Programs team for a chat.

About the Treasury and our employment measures for Indigenous Australians

The Treasury is a respected and influential central economic agency. We provide advice and analysis to the Australian Government on a broad range of economic, fiscal, structural, financial and tax policy issues and monitor global economic conditions to make sure Australia is well placed to respond to emerging trends.

We seek passionate people from diverse professions who will work collaboratively to deliver the ideas and advice that will help Australia meet future challenges. By joining us, you will have the opportunity to build Treasury's knowledge, understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and ensure our work continues to represent the Australian population we serve. Indigenous employment initiatives are part of our broader workplace inclusion and diversity program that is driven by our commitment to value, respect and embrace diversity.

We are committed to making graduate positions accessible to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders through this Indigenous Employment Affirmative Measure process. While merit remains the basis for selection, engagement and promotion, this process is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

We aim to embed a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritages and cultures in economic policy making as outlined in our Corporate publications, including our:

  • Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-2023 and
  • Indigenous Employment Strategy 2018-2023.

Confirmation of Heritage

If you are successful in this recruitment process you will be asked to provide Confirmation of Heritage, a document that is provided by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisation ‘confirming’ or ‘endorsing’ that a person is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. We understand that acquiring this can be difficult, and we are committed to ensuring that this does not become a barrier for candidates so please get in touch with us at if you have any questions, we're here to support you.

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.

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:

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


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.
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.


This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people. The Affirmative Measure – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Provision, legislated under Section 31, allows agencies to identify a role as open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and is within the meaning of special measures under subsection 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

If you are interested in and care about First Nations policy and want to assist the Treasury to lift our performance on this important issue, then start your application by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button!

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