Treasury's Graduate Development Program gives you a rewarding career, opportunity to work in several areas of the agency on policies and programs that impact the Australian economic landscape, helping to shape the future and make a difference to all Australians.
Who should apply
Our program is open to all university students who have graduated in the last 5 years from a range of disciplines including law, economics/econometrics, public policy, political science, data and statistics, mathematics, business and commerce, finance and more.
As well as academic qualifications, our graduates need to have highly developed written and oral communication skills, strong analytical and people capabilities, and demonstrate initiative, integrity, honesty, fairness and respect.
If you know enough about the Graduate Program and are ready to apply, start your application by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button.
If you want to know more, read on.
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.
To apply for our 2025 Graduate Development Program you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- be an Australian citizen (or become an Australian citizen by December 2024)
- education requirements:
- complete or will complete, an Australian-recognised undergraduate qualification
(bachelor degree or higher by 31 December 2024)
- hold a bachelor degree at a minimum, most recent eligible qualification must be no more than 5 years old,
(for example, you have or will complete between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2024) performed well over the course of your studies to ensure that you are competitive in the selection process
- be willing to:
- move to Canberra for the program duration or travel to Canberra for learning and development activities if placed in our Sydney or Melbourne offices.
- obtain and maintain a valid Australian Government security clearance on acceptance into the program
- undergo any police, character, health or other required checks.
Graduate Work rotations
You will complete 8-month rotations in 3 different work areas to ensure that you develop your skills, knowledge and confidence. These work placements are determined 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. For more information visit Treasury’s Graduate Development Program.
Learning and development
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.
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.
You will be connected with a graduate buddy who’s completed the program and have access to unique and rewarding networking experiences and events. visit Treasury’s Graduate Development Program.
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) - Treasury 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.
- 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.
The application process and timeline
Stage 1 – Online application:
- resume and recent academic transcripts
- details of two referees
- short written response to application question.
29 January 2024 – 15 April 2024
Stage 2 – Online assessment, virtual interview and reference checking
April - early May 2024
Stage 3 – Merit Pool
Mid-late May 2024
Stage 4 – Employment Offer
31 May 2024 onwards
Additional Information - 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.
Government Security clearance
If offered a role, you will need to obtain a valid Australian Government security clearance prior to your commencement. For more information visit the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA).
If you identify as a person with a disability, you can ‘opt into’ RecruitAbility on the application form. The RecruitAbility scheme allows applicants who opt in and meet the minimum requirements of the role to advance to a further stage in the selection process. Merit remains the basis for engagement and promotion. For further information visit the Australian Public Service Commission.
For further information, please contact the Entry Levels Program Team via telephone (02) 6263 2222 (Option 3) or email EntryLevelPrograms@treasury.gov.au.
Start your application by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button.
Australian Government Graduate Program – Economist Stream
The Treasury leads the graduate recruitment for the Australian Government Graduate Program (AGGP) – Economist Stream with support of an outsourced provider and participating agency involvement. In applying for the AGGP – Economist Stream, you can be considered for graduate roles at several Australian Public Service departments and agencies through one application.
The Economist Stream will be advertised 4 March 2024 and you can apply for both the Treasury Graduate Program and the Economist Stream Graduate recruitment processes – just make sure to check the eligibility requirements.
For more information about the Australian Government Graduate Program - Economist Stream visit or to: APSJobs Career Pathways - Economist Stream